Like other adults who had found their way to the Island Girl Power program, her life had been a struggle. She was such a help at Pulani, not only as an actor, but helping backstage, doing odd jobs, and making costumes. I found out that she is an avid reader and can often be found in the book section of the thrift store giving book recommendations.
When she found out that I was returning to Guam, she asked if I would give a creative writing workshop. I have given two so far. The first one was on simple story writing and the second one was on free verse poetry. The structure of the workshop is basically that I share my own work, and talk about the inspiration for it. I give a few guidelines, but mostly I just encourage them to write whatever story or idea they feel they want to write about.
And they write. It is such a thrill to see it. Pens on paper, silence, writing. After a while, you can tell that most are done, and then we share. Their stories and poems are slices of their lives, their hearts. We laugh, we cry. We beam. I don't think I am necessarily a great teacher, but I am in a good place, with good people, who are ripe for this.
I do think there is something life-nourishing, healing, and direction-setting about writing. This is where these adults are in their life journeys. They have had struggles, and now they are in a safe place here at Island Girl Power. It is a place where they can bloom.