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Reflections in Literature

A six-week small group workshop
unveiling personal insights through today's literature

Discussing The Midnight Library
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

April 6th - May 11th, 2022

Literature is often a mirror into our own lives, and into our souls as readers. We can see our reflections in the characters we love and care for, and find empathy in the situations they navigate. "Reflections in Literature" is a six-week workshop where attendees will read the bestselling novel, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and discuss the themes of the human condition, symbolism, and complexities not only in the novel but in their own lives as well.  Whether you have faced anxiety during the pandemic, depression, dissatisfaction, or questioning, you can find encouragement in the book and the group discussion.


Led by Amy Coffey, LMFT, NCC, and Exec. Director of Southern Lit, Lynda LeVan, the group setting allows for in-person connections and sharing with other group members. The discussion will be enhanced with additions of arts, poetry, writing, and other activities. The program is free and is limited to 12 participants thanks to a grant from Unum.

Deadline to register: April 1st
Limited to 12 participants
Workshop is Free

The Arts Building, 301 E. 11th St.
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"The only way to learn is to live."

Books are provided and should be read before the start of the sessions.

About the novel, The Midnight Library.

In between life and death is a library, The Midnight Library. Nora Seed, after an attempt to take her own life, finds herself in the library of books curated just for her. Nora flips through the novels of her own dreams and memories, and each book gives Nora the chance to live a life she could have lived if she had made different choices. There is a Nora who becomes a rock star, another who wins Olympic medals, another living on an Arctic research vessel; some versions are mothers, wives, orphans; famous and influential, or mundane. All she must do to step into that life is open the book. If she finds a good life, she can stay; but she must judge if that life is exactly what it seems to be on the surface--or judge the book by its cover. Nora must decide what truly fulfills her in her life, and she must question what about her life she can truly change.

About the Benefits of Literature

Many people read books as an escape from their own lives, but literature can also allow readers to ground themselves in their own reality. Literature allows readers to see perspectives other than their own, and in turn, promotes feelings of empathy and contentment for not only the characters or people in their own lives but towards themselves as well. Reading is also thought to produce higher levels of self-esteem and self-efficacy, and readers can work through their personal feelings alongside the characters in the novel. Many times, the novels people choose reflect their own character as well, so many readers can connect with and see themselves in the adventures on the page. In a group reading session, attendees are more likely to connect with each other in these ways as well, rather than just the characters in the novel.

About Amy Coffey

Amy Coffey has received an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Trauma Counseling. She is Level I certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Amy believes that therapy is a holistic process that is approachable from a trauma informed, interpersonal perspective. Amy's passion is helping individuals grow strong in the midst of their pain and brokenness. She is also passionate about working with individuals and families who have experienced trauma and/or life transition issues, helping them to walk through the process of healing and recovery. Amy is currently based in the beautiful Cleveland, Tennessee.

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