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Writing Out the Storm

Writing Out the Storm

Reading and Writing Your Way Through Serious Illness or Injury

Barbara Abercrombie

St. Martin's Griffin


This powerful and deeply inspirational handbook is for anyone coping with serious illness or injury-be it theirs or that of a loved one-who wants and needs to help themselves through the healing process. Offering her own experience with breast cancer, as well as stories from other authors who have suffered from illnesses or severe injuries-from Stephen King to Lance Armstrong-Abercrombie encourages readers to write what is in their hearts and to benefit from the power of shared experience. Using writing as therapy, Writing Out the Storm is a book about healing the soul.


I'm in a waiting room surrounded by other women. A Muzak version of "People Will Say We're in Love" is playing. A woman in her late seventies sitting across from me with two friends...

Praise for Writing Out the Storm

“Barbara Abercrombie gently takes readers' hands and leads us through the world of writing during times of emotional upheaval.” —Dr. James W. Pennebaker, author of Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotion

“Not a whiff of either sentimental optimism or lachrymose pessimism taints this terrific book.” —Carolyn See, author of The Handyman and Making a Literary Life

“Her passion and compassion shine through on every page as she leads us to examine and understand our pain.” —Jennie Nash, author of The Victoria Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned from Breast Cancer


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Barbara Abercrombie

Barbara Abercrombie lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband. She has published novels, books for children, and numerous articles and personal essays. She teaches in The Writers' Program at UCLA Extension, and conducts writing workshops at The Wellness Community, a nationwide cancer support group.

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