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Q: Is there some sort of workshop or list of activities that encourages the use of OA literature?

A:The Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide walks OA members through the use of The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, as well as using Alcoholics Anonymous, fourth edition (the Big Book). It also uses the AA Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions book, our own Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition (the Brown Book), and OA’s daily readers Voices of Recovery and For Today.

Although the Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide is designed to facilitate a fifteen-week workshop series, members are using this guide in many creative ways: while working with sponsors and sponsees, for instance, or while creating overview workshops on how to work the Steps; or during workshops on individual Steps—and many other ways.

I would also suggest giving a literature presentation at any intergroup/service board meeting or any special workshop. Discussing our literature would be an effective way to introduce members to a wide variety of available resources. On the Groups/Service Bodies “Guidelines” page, you’ll find suggestions for developing newsletters, translating literature, or creating locally-produced literature. You’ll also find the OA-Approved Literature List, which lists all board- and Conference-approved books, pamphlets, PI materials, and periodicals available through the OA bookstore (visit

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