The Facts

Abridging Apathy

  1. The use of literature to lessen disconnectedness among people and encourage empathy

Global Decline in the Reading and Creation of Literature:


"[Once you turn on the TV] all you have to do is sit and stare. But reading is active, an act of attention, of absorbed alertness…To read a story well is to follow it, to act it, to feel it, to become it—everything short of writing it, in fact"

- Ursula Le Gain

What Literature Does:

Literature is a bridge from:

  1. Readers to stories that teach them they are not alone

  2. Writers to themselves, to parts of them they did not realize

In Use With Teachers and Therapists:


Short stories, “speak of such scenes as we would of our own memories…it imitates telling their stories we call them back to speak and move among us again”

- Tobias Wolff


"Without language, we could not describe the difference between an elephant and an egg...The name of a thing confers identity upon it and makes it possible for us to think about it"

- Helen Keller


My workshop targeted teens because this age group has the best chance of adopting writing as a lifelong coping mechanism.



Vital to:


writing is about art and truth—about taking the stuff all around us every day, transforming it into a creative form, and asking others to re-see it, to see it anew”

“The whole point is to change how others understand the human, and to do that, the words must circulate”

- Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black

"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth" - Pablo Picasso

These facts are the reason I built this project and the reason I am sharing my findings. The art of literature underscores the importance of words to human understanding and the stark situation of global interest in the subject. You can read these facts in their entirety on the Research tab.