Writing and Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivorsis a supremely valuable addition to the emerging literature of healing because it not only talks about healing, it enables people to become active participants in their own healing, not just passive readers of what should be done, could be done, might be done to empower oneself.”

— From the book’s Foreword by Gabriele Rico,
author of Writing the Natural Way and Pain and Possibility: Writing Your Way through Personal Crisis


Writing and Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors is a treasure for anyone affected by cancer, those with the diagnosis and those who want to help. It’s filled with practical and easy-to-follow guidance, inspiring quotes, and soothing images to set the stage for receptivity, exploration, and personal growth. Pamela Post-Ferrante, a cancer survivor and seasoned writer who has personally and professionally used this unique approach to therapeutic writing, shares her wisdom in a way that is both inviting and uniting.”

— Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Emory University,
author of Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting
Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connectedness


“Through this simple and inspiring course of twelve sessions, Pamela Post-Ferrante encourages healing in community because “sharing is healing.” Practical, moving, instructive, and precise, Writing and Healing is necessary reading for anyone in treatment for cancer and for the rest of our lives as survivors. The book is beautiful and elegant as well as helpful. Read it and be changed.”

— Hilda Raz, author of Divine Honors and editor of Living On the Margins: Women Writers on Breast Cancer


“The writing has helped me take more notice of the wonders of life. It has been a healing experience.”

— Participant

“Your sense of nuance, the gracious way you hold the experience of illness & health, the practical focus and deeply uplifting beauty — these all come through! Your work will help people in a deep, lasting way.”

—John Fox, CPT  author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making , Founder, The Institute for Poetic Medicine
“Here is your trusty guide whether writing in a workshop or writing alone. Everyone can benefit from this practical and inspirational book.”
— Maxine Hong Kingston, editor of Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace


“This wonderfully useful and inspiring book takes as its foundation the idea that creativity can be curative—not in the sense of curing cancer, but in the sense of curing the pain and confusion that often accompany the disease. Pamela Post-Ferrante shares here her sessions devised over years of guiding writing workshops for cancer survivors, interspersed with the affirming words of her participants. It is a practical, yet beautiful, how-to for psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurses, clergy and survivors themselves, giving all the information anyone could possibly need to help those struggling with cancer express themselves by writing. As you read, it becomes quite clear why healing comes with the writing and the sharing of stories.”

— Cokie Roberts, journalist, author and cancer survivor

“Pamela Post-Ferrante has written a beautiful, thoughtful and comprehensive book meant to help cancer survivors find their own, perhaps new, voice and reclaim their unique story. Writing and Healing is a great resource for health professionals leading groups for survivors. I hope this book finds its way into hospitals, cancer centers and wellness communities throughout the country”

— Lisa B. Weissmann, MD, Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology
at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA


“How wonderful that Pamela Post-Ferrante has written this practical and inspiring guide for writing as a path for healing. The fruit of her own experience and well tested through a decade of leading these workshops, her book outlines twelve sessions for groups or for anyone who wants to write their way to healing on their own. Filled with heart, Pamela weaves together stories, vignettes, and beautiful photographs from nature into a skillful guide, including her CD of guided meditations. Her book is a wonderful gift to the field.”

— Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, author of Ten Thousand Joys &
Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s


“Through writing, I find the significance of an experience — in the past — or in the present. I find clarity and peace.”


“When people are in crisis, they are drawn to the arts. Pamela Post-Ferrante’s Writing and Healing workshop with my Mind Body Cancer Group was very illuminating, inspiring and cathartic. The writing helped them find meaning in their experience.”

— Ann Webster, PhD, director of the cancer group at the
Mind Body Clinic at Benson-Henry Institute
at Massachusetts General Hospital


“These last six sessions were my first introduction to any kind of individual/self healing exercise. I feel I can accomplish more as a result.”




“Pamela Post-Ferrante is a skillful and sensitive workshop leader.
I have the highest regard for her ability and integrity.”

— Dan Wakefield, author of The Story of Your Life:
Writing a Spiritual Autobiography
and Creating from the Spirit:
A Path to Creative Power in Art and Life