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Ellen Morris Prewitt is an award-winning writer who uses creativity to create community. Her first published book was on making crosses from broken and found objects as a form of active prayer (Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God (Paraclete Press, 2009.) The book led her to facilitate two years of cross-making workshops, where she learned the power of creating in small groups. She and her husband established the Servant Leadership Team at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, where she also served as Artist in Residence. As a member of the Mission Group of the Memphis School for Servant Leadership, she led its nine-month Formation class based on the Parker Palmer method, and participated in the inaugural Formation class at Memphis Theological Seminary. This experience led her to form and facilitate for eight years a weekly writing group of men and women experiencing homelessness. She edited the group’s ezine, set-up public readings, led field trips, organized four annual Community Writers Retreats where the housed and unhoused wrote together, worked with Rhodes College students to provide original content in establishing The Bridge street newspaper, and edited the group’s memoir, Writing Our Way Home: A Group Journey Out of Homelessness (Triton Press, 2014). For this, she was named an Upstander by Facing History and Ourselves and as Champion, Memphis and Shelby County Homeless Consortium (2015). She is currently offering workshops and speaking engagements based on her book We R Righting Group: A Pocket Guide on Writing in Groups…and Righting the World where she shares the power of the yellow pencil to create community. She splits her time between Memphis, New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast where she attends St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Church of the Annunciation, and Christ Church.
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