BANGOR — Many people look to creative writing as a form of expression. The Together Place, a recovery center for mental health and substance abuse in Bangor, is allowing folks to do just that.
“Creative expression helps people sustain their recovery over time. It really gives people a sense of empowerment and confidence in themselves and in their writing,” said Sean Faircloth, executive director of Together Place.
Faircloth said the Together Place publishes a chap book each year that features pieces from their writers.
The book will be released on Friday during a special event.
“We have everything from poetry to autobiographical to short stories. We don’t limit the topic. You’re welcome to choose anything. It’s just as so long as it’s creative writing,” Faircloth said.
One of the creative writers, Alanna Skye Lindsey, said she’s been taking advantage of resources the Together Place offers.
“It means a lot to me because I never thought that people would get to read my writing,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey said writing has assisted her with expressing her feelings.
“It helps me get all of the stuff that’s in my head out into like reality,” Lindsey said.
Faircloth said a group of people were selected to win prizes for their writing in the chap book, and those will be presented by best-selling author Caitlin Shetterly during Friday’s event.
“To us, everyone who’s published is winning, and the fact that you took the time to write something that’s truly creative and really provides a positive outlet for people in recovery, so we encourage folks to enter in next time,” Faircloth said.
Faircloth said the Together Place will begin offering creative writing classes on Sept. 3 both in person and on zoom.