Journal Writing Workshop for Caregivers

I’ve been teaching Creative Writing for Social Work at the University of Iowa School of Social Work since 1999, exploring the use of creative writing as a tool for personal transformation and social activism. Writing offers us a way to make sense of what happens in our lives, and it can help us to imagine … Continue reading Journal Writing Workshop for Caregivers

31st Annual Creative Writing Workshop for Social Workers

https://uisharedservices.wufoo.com/forms/creative-writing-workshop-for-social-workers Register The University of Iowa is known nationally as "The Writing University," and our institution boasts a rich tradition of great writing and an early and enduring commitment to the creative arts. Iowa’s tradition of writing has been guided by the principle that, though writing is a solitary practice, it’s one significantly enriched by … Continue reading 31st Annual Creative Writing Workshop for Social Workers

Fall Writing Groups &Workshops

Enroll now for online fall workshops and writing groups, starting in September:Workshops include instruction, writing prompts/ten minute free-writes and facilitated discussion of participants' work. Previous writing experience is not necessary, focus is on exploration, personal investigation, and discovery of each person’s unique writing voice. Creating Character: Characters show us who they are when we pay attention. This workshop … Continue reading Fall Writing Groups &Workshops

Writing to Heal

We are the stories we tell ourselves. Image by Sabine Van Erp The stories we live become the stories we tell, and the stories we tell become the stories we live. What stories do you tell yourself? Are they reinforcing beliefs that no longer serve you? Writing can help us to heal by transforming the … Continue reading Writing to Heal

Winter Writing Offer

10% discount on content editing or coaching serviceswith sign up by Friday, January 17th Are you looking for encouragement and inspiration for an essay or story idea that you want to manifest?Is there a project you've been working on that feels stalled?Do you have a draft waiting for expert review and insightful feedback? I recently … Continue reading Winter Writing Offer

Why not use a cliché?

Even if an expression is true –when it has been overused, it loses impact. Clichés lose value over time because they lack commitment to circumstance. They do not make distinctive or memorable contributions to story or character development – often they can feel like short cuts. Avoid clichés by offering specific, detailed phrasing: Instead of: … Continue reading Why not use a cliché?