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 Breast Cancer Survivor and UVA writing professor Charlotte Matthews has partnered with filmmaker Betsy Cox to launch multimedia workshops for women dealing with cancer.

Breast Cancer Survivor and UVA writing professor Charlotte Matthews has partnered with filmmaker Betsy Cox to launch multimedia workshops for women dealing with cancer.

 Cox and Matthews' endeavor, WHISTLE WORDS, offers writing workshops “for women who have never written and those who have always written.”

Cox and Matthews' endeavor, WHISTLE WORDS, offers writing workshops “for women who have never written and those who have always written.”

 Artwork by Kristen Rexter pairs with poem, titled "Hoping To Find Me," written by a patient who participated in the U.Va. Cancer Center workshop.   Courtesy of Whistle Words

Artwork by Kristen Rexter pairs with poem, titled "Hoping To Find Me," written by a patient who participated in the U.Va. Cancer Center workshop.

Courtesy of Whistle Words

 Filmmaker Betsy Cox & Poet Charlotte Matthews

Filmmaker Betsy Cox & Poet Charlotte Matthews

 Award-Winning Poet and UVa Professor, Charlotte Matthews, shown at her home in Crozet, continued to write through her cancer treatments.

Award-Winning Poet and UVa Professor, Charlotte Matthews, shown at her home in Crozet, continued to write through her cancer treatments.

 Charlotte Matthews at work on her vintage typewriter.

Charlotte Matthews at work on her vintage typewriter.

 Charlotte Matthews has been known to trade poems written on the spot for donations.

Charlotte Matthews has been known to trade poems written on the spot for donations.

 
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an interview with charlotte matthews on poetry, cancer & whistle words

The Best American Poetry | Nin Andrews (June 4, 2018)

NA: I am so excited to be talking with you about your book, Whistle What Can’t Be Said, and your project, Whistlewords, which works primarily with women who are cancer patients and survivors......

 

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charlotte matthews wins teaching award

News from the School of Continuing & Professional Studies | Spring 2018

A tireless advocate for the written word, Matthews sees herself as an inspirer to help BIS students write.

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whistle words helps women impacted by cancer share stories

C-Ville Weekly | Mary Shea Valliant (January 2018)

Before she received a Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis at 39 years old, UVA writing professor Charlotte Matthews lived on a cattle farm. Whenever the farmer found a dead cow in the pasture, he bulldozed a grave and buried the animal. Matthews remembers the farmer whistling to himself in these moments.

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whistle words is extraordinary

WPVC 94.7 FM | Apropos of Something (January 2018)

Our guests were Charlotte Matthews and Betsy Cox — accomplished women, who ventured beyond the scope of their careers to create something extraordinary. Matthews is an author of exquisite poetry and Cox is an Emmy-winning filmmaker — together they’ve created a multimedia project, Whistle Words, using poetry, film, & the internet, to help women impacted by cancer. 

Note: Our story begins 7 minutes into podcast.

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from pain to pen: expressive writing and healing

Cavalier Daily | Mahima Reddy (January 2018)

For Assoc. English Prof. Charlotte Matthews, writing poetry became a way of reclaiming power after battling against stage three breast cancer. Eager to share her experience with other women affected by cancer, Matthews worked with filmmaker Betsy Cox to launch Whistle Words.

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FOR WOMEN DEALING WITH CANCER, WRITING WORKSHOP HELPS RECLAIM LIFE

UVA Today | Anne Bromley (December 2017)

A constellation against a dark sky or a handful of sand strewn across the floor -- that's how one woman in a writing workshop described the mammography images of the early breast cancer she saw in her own body.

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whistle words workshops underway

Crozet Gazette | Clover Carroll (May 2017)

Charlotte Matthews is on a mission—a mission of empathy and sharing stories. After undergoing a radical double mastectomy for stage three breast cancer 12 years ago—followed by six months of chemotherapy—she felt overwhelmed, like she didn’t know who she was any more.

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THE DAZZLING TONIC OF SILENCE

TEDx Charlottesville | Charlotte Matthews (February 23, 2017)

A 5-minute presentation on the insight silence brings...if we let it.

 

 

 

 

WRITING THROUGH THE HAVOC CANCER WREAKS

The Daily Progress | Ryan M. Kelly (March 13, 2016)

Caught between her cancer and its treatment, Charlotte Matthews knew her life had changed forever.  It was the fall of 2005 and the then-single mother of two small children was on the receiving end of a tough diagnosis. Stage 3 breast cancer had entered her lymph nodes....

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BREAST CANCER HEALING THROUGH WRITING

CBS19 News| April 21, 2017

2-minute feature story on the upcoming launch of Whistle Words.

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UVA TEACHER AND ALUMNA SHARES PROCESS OF HEALING FROM BREAST CANCER  

Anne E. Bromley/UVA Today (March 4, 2016)

While grinding out three months of chemotherapy for breast cancer, Charlotte Matthews spent a lot of time doing what she had devoted her life to:  she wrote.

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