Bringing Our Voices of Color to the World: Writing for Publication

Writing gives voice. It witnesses. In the doing, we clarify what we think, what we feel and want to say. It is a gift we give ourselves, and in publication, a gift we offer the larger world. This course is for family therapists and therapists of color who want to bring to print their perspectives, experiences, and work in family therapy training and practice in peer-reviewed journals, popular media, or on professional websites, Writing focused on cultural sensitivity and healing from social injustice is particularly encouraged.

Participants in this course will be expected to write between classes and produce original or revised writing every month. In advance of the course, participants should identify a particular focus or topics for their writing. At the end of the course, it is expected that two or more short pieces will be ready for submission or online presentation. Participants writing longer articles should expect to have made substantial progress towards a completed manuscript or completed such for publication. This course is exclusively for family therapists/therapists who identify as people of color.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identifying obstacles to writing and strategies to overcome
  • Understanding the steps generally involved in the submission process for professional journals and other literary venues
  • How to organize and re-organize a manuscript as new understanding emerges
  • Identifying the core inspiration for writing an article and drawing on that to fuel and center the piece


thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones, PhD is on the faculty at Ackerman Institute of the Family and the former Advising Director on Race and Social Justice. She has published scholarly articles on race/racism, social location and oppressive legacies in clinical practice. She has also published essays as a creative non-fiction writer.


Date / Time:

Eight Wednesdays:
November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10
11:45 am–1:45 pm

Continuing Education:

16 CE Contact Hours

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