Workshops & Classes


I.  WRITING THROUGH CANCER:  Expressive Writing Workshops

Sharon is a masterful teacher and guide.. she creates a space of safety, creativity, and healing…Those who write with Sharon begin to make positive meaning out of the difficult journey of cancer, and they also have the opportunity to discover and share a new voice–a voice of strength and story that will be honored in its sharing. It has been such a gift for me to participate in this life-changing group.  

Quite simply, it has changed my life.

Members, Stanford Cancer Center writing group

  • WRITING THROUGH CANCER, online:   Sharon’s blog featuring weekly writing prompts for those suffering from cancer, loss, hardship or any debilitating illness. loss or life’s challenges–available online.  To read and/or subscribe, visit  If you need inspiration to write from any difficult life experience, you’ll find it here.
  • WHEN WORDS HEAL:  Writing Through Cancer: SCRIPPS CANCER CENTER, La Jolla, CA:   Since 2006, Sharon has created and led “When Words Heal,” an expressive writing series for men and women living with cancer at Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Clinic & Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, CA.   She ends her current series in Spring 2017 as she and her husband are relocating from San Diego.  For future programs, Contact Tom Friedman, LCSW at (858) 554-8533 or
  • WRITING THROUGH CANCER:  UCSD MOORES CANCER CENTER.  An expressive writing program created for men and women living with cancer.and led by Sharon since 2007 at Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla.  Since Sharon is relocating, a new series is planned  for later in 2017.  For more information, contact Lavinia Fiorentino, PhD, at or call Liliana Cardenas, 858-822-5381.

 …Sharon Bray is magnificent…As a survivor, she understands…thoughts and emotions… in a way others cannot…The Writing Through Cancer program was as important to my personal healing process as any chemotherapy, radiation or medication I received.

–Participant, Scripps Green Cancer Center


Sharon is an extraordinary teacher, whose gift is to create a setting where anyone, regardless of writing experience or talent, can feel comfortable in allowing his or her personal emotions to find expression in words. This is an unusual gift [and] makes each class a remarkable meeting, where the participants are often surprised at where their writing takes them, the experiences it brings up from memory, the feelings they consequently re-discover.These workshops change the participants. I know, because I am changed myself, and in ways that make me more fully engaged as a person, with others.

Participant, The Writers’ Workshop at Stanford Medical School            


  • TRANSFORMATIONAL WRITING: Writing to Heal, Turning Life into Art , online– Next offering tbd.  Contact UCLA extension for information and to register..
  • THE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP@STANFORD MEDICAL SCHOOL:   Palo Alto, CA.  Part of the Literature & Humanities program directed by Audrey Shater, M.D. and led by Sharon Bray from 2005 – 2017. For more information on forthcoming workshops, contact  Enrollment limited to faculty, staff, alumni & students of the Stanford Medical School.
  • SECOND SUNDAY WRITERS.  Women’s writing group offered by Sharon. By invitation only.  Meets monthly, 2 – 5 p.m.  $105 per quarter.  Current series has ended.

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 Sharon Bray is an extraordinary instructor who really knows her subject and makes the effort to know her students  and their capabilities.

–Student, UCLA ext.  Writer’s Program

Sharon is a gifted instructor and guide.  She brings knowledge, experience and sacredness to this process.

–Participant, ”Writing as a Healing Ministry”