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Creative Writing for Mental Health: The Power of Metaphor - 02/23/24

Creative Writing for Mental Health: The Power of Metaphor - 02/23/24

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Friday, February 23, 2024


Noon to 1:30 pm Pacific Time (PT)


Maia Akiva


Embark on a journey of self-love and self-discovery through metaphorical creative writing. In this online session, we’ll explore carefully-crafted prompts that spark our imagination and use magical realism as a tool for deeper emotional self-exploration, to identify challenges, and to develop a roadmap for resilience. 

This online program is open to all—whether a seasoned writer or a novice interested in learning how writing can be a powerful form of creative expression.

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Instructor Bio

Maia Akiva is a professional speaker, trauma-informed trainer, performer, and writer in Los Angeles. Her unique approach encourages audiences to embrace their relationships with their emotions and feelings as a path to success, happiness, freedom, and fulfillment. Originally from Israel, Maia brings basic self-help ideas to everyday people through entertainment—using imagination and humor. She takes her audience through a journey of self-discovery that she herself is inspired to work hard at every day.

A graduate of Arts & Healing Initiative’s Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts, and an active member of Epiphany Space, an artist community in Hollywood, she teaches Heartfulness Meditations at The Den Meditation in Los Angeles and at companies such as Sony PlayStation, Hulu, Burbank Studios, and Deutsch. She also leads workshops for WriteGirl, Models of Pride, and Caltech while upholding her personal mission to empower everyone’s mental health by making friends with our emotions.

To connect with Maia and learn more about her work, visit her at

Materials - What to Bring

  • Journal or other paper
  • Something to write with (pen, pencil)

Digital Media Release Policy

By registering, you give Arts & Healing Initiative approval to record this event, still and/or moving images from which may appear in printed materials or digital channels for archival, educational, or promotional purposes.

Note that Zoom breakout rooms are not recorded.