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Writing Our Way Home with Ann Dowsett Johnston

In this previously recorded session of our educational series, Mental Health Monday, bestselling author Ann Dowsett Johnston, discusses how writing can be a powerful tool in recovery, and how we can shape our own stories. Ann believes writing is a process of discovery and at the heart of good writing is finding your voice. She guides us to explore how to tell the stories that are deep within us and how to frame our work and even get it published.

During this session Ann helps us to understand:

  • Writing as a tool of recovery
  • How to excavate stories and give a voice to our secrets
  • How to develop the narrative arc and see your work get published

You will also hear an engaging Q&A between Ann and SHE RECOVERS co-founder, Dr. Dawn Nickel.


Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named by the Washington Post as one of the top 10 books of 2013. An award-winning journalist with more than 30 years experience, Ann is now a practicing psychotherapist. Three years ago, she launched her popular Writing Your Recovery series, memoir-writing courses for women in recovery. Ann has won many awards for her work in battling the stigma around mental health and addiction, including an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University. She lives in Toronto. Visit Ann’s website:


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