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Sharing the stories of our everyday lives is immensely valuable.
At the Book Incubator we will nurture, support and celebrate as you tell your story.
In today's product driven world, we often forget to value slowing down and embracing the process of creation. At The Book Incubator™ we focus on the importance of the individual and the importance of the process. We offer a variety of programs that enable people to tell their stories through different mediums.Through interaction, discussion, playfulness and carefully constructed guidelines, our small group workshops help people to find their voice as they craft and tell their stories in an authentic manner.
Our programs are empowering tools for self expression that encourage positive outcomes for all participants regardless of any perceived boundaries.
fun • challenging • achievable
Creativity is an innate part of being human. Across the world people access their creativity from the time they are babies by engaging in music, dance, drawing and storytelling. All too often these creative skills are diminished as we grow into adults and sadly, often we develop a false belief that specialised artistic skills are required to create meaningful pieces of creative art - and then, we stop creating.
At the Book Incubator we gently confront this sense of inadequacy with adults as we encourage and support the creative self expression of all participants in our workshops. The creation of personal narratives touches both the creator and the reader very deeply.
The books created by women who are victims of sexual abuse/assault and family domestic violence through the HERSTORY project exceeded all anticipated outcomes. A lot of research went into the project initially to ensure the outcomes for the women were therapeutic, not just enjoyable. Those involved were provided with a safe, protected and supported environment, where they could process their our trauma experience through the process of writing and illustrating their own books about their own stories. Some of the women told their story for the first time during the process of the workshop series, these women described the experience as cathartic and healing. Watching and listening to the women as they received their books at the book launch was an emotionally charged experience with tears of joy and words of accomplishment for doing something of their own for themselves. The sense of achievement was palpable for all members of the HERSTORY workshop including the counsellors and support staff. I am already looking forward to providing opportunities for more women to do a series of Book Incubator workshops! Well done Book Incubator! And thank you so much Kate for being the person you are who could be sensitive and nurturing through the workshop series.
Trudi Ruane, CEO Waratah Support Centre, Bunbury, WA