Writing for Wellness

Writing for Wellness program encourages written creativity and camaraderie. One of the ways to deal with any overwhelming emotion is to find a healthy outlet in which to express yourself, which makes a journaling or writing a helpful tool in managing your mental health. It can manage anxiety, Reduce stress and provides an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors; plus it is fun.

Writing for Wellness is a social gathering of individuals who enjoy creative writing. Writing for Wellness meet on the second and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at MOCA House.

Come and try your hand at creative writing, short stories, and poetry. We learn about different writing styles, and interesting writers and poets. Led by Eric Carlin, Writing for Wellness is sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Board as an outlet for creative writing and written expression. Join us — No experience necessary!

Be sure to stop by for one of our Coffeehouses, where we have an open microphone available for poetry reading, stand-up comedy, live music, or just sharing some thoughts with friends.

We usually sponsor a Coffeehouse for the following occasions. Watch for details!

  • Robert Burns Birthday
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Summer campfires
  • A themed event
  • All Saints – All Souls Day

The MOCA House program is located at 2525 Back Orrville Road in Wooster. Come, enjoy the camaraderie with us!


Join us for great conversation and creative writing.

Poets of the Beat Generation were discussed and everyone tried their hand at painting, some evoking the style of poet-artist Ken Pachen.

A multimedia concert performance of poet Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz” was cool Daddy-O! Malcolm-Jamal Warner recited the 12-part poem suite which combined spoken word, music and video about the struggle for freedom and equality in the ’60s.