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This self-guided workbook has been developed in collaboration with survivors, advocates, and experts in sexual violence. We hope this will serve as a roadmap on how to use your writing and voice as a tool for personal, political, or social change. As a trauma-informed resource, we also hope this can serve you on your journey of exploration and healing.


This workbook is rooted in the curriculum of our transformative storytelling workshop, “My Story, My Terms,” which offers a safe space for survivors to reclaim their stories and experiences.  Here you can view and download the entire workbook or review the table of contents to find the writing exercises, tools or resources that work best for you!

A Storytelling Workbook for Survivors

Introduction & How to Use this Workbook
My Story, My Terms: A Storytelling Workbook for Survivors
Building a Foundation: What You Need to Tell Your Story, On Your Terms
SECTION ONE: Create your own Emotional Safety Toolkit & build tailored resources for resilience
The Power & Science of Storytelling
SECTION TWO: Discover what is happening in your brain when you tell, listen, or read stories
Understanding the Stages of Writing, Healing, and Compassionate Reframing
SECTION THREE: Learn the five stages of writing through difficult times
Using the Power of Your Resilient Voice to Bring Your Own Words to Life
SECTION FOUR: Develop the beginning, middle, and end to your story
Sharing Your Story, On Your Terms
SECTION FIVE: Find tips for public speaking and locating a platform
Making an Informed Decision About Telling Your Story, On Your Terms
SECTION SIX: Consider the legal, privacy, and safety concerns in sharing your story
Additional Tools and Resources
APPENDIX: Writing & Wellness Exercises, Resources, & Further Exploration