Therapeutic Writing for Teen Adoptees


Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Date : Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: 94 Park St. Montclair, NJ 07042

When you’re an adoptee as well as a teenager, grappling with issues of identity and belonging can be especially tough to wrap your head and heart around. Putting words to complex and amorphous thoughts and feelings—like addressing the crucial question, Who am I?—can be challenging. In this group, we’ll explore our internal experiences of being teen adoptees through short writing exercises—such as a letter to your birth mother, or an imagining of your reunion or visit to your host country—complemented by discussion and optional sharing. You will have an opportunity to explore these issues with like-minded peers and to learn from one another’s experiences, perspectives, and wisdom.

Teen adoptees with any amount of writing experience, including none, are warmly welcome. Just bring an open mind, a creative spirit, and a desire for self-reflection and discovery.

This group will be facilitated by Sarah Saffian LMSW, MFA, adoptee, author of Ithaka, and memoir teacher at Sarah Lawrence and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

For additional information about this group, contact Emily Morgan at or 609-737-8750, or register here:

Based in Pennington, NJ