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
Sierra Writers Conference Feb 10-12 - Stories that Matter; (Re)Imagining Past and Future
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
Join this free, facilitated writing workshop designed to lift spirits, inspire creativity and bring writers together in a supportive, informative atmosphere.
In a time like this, writing can help us to transcend our circumstances, and to give us a sense of connection with the higher good. Write for the side effects, you'll feel better.
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
Memoir is our experience of what happened. It offers ways to discover and organize meaning, to understand, and reconcile –even recover from – something or someone in our past. Because memory is subjective, it can be tenuous, conditional, and error-prone. There will be events and conversations that we only vaguely recollect. This can require that we synthesize a coherent narrative from … Continue reading Writing Memoir, Truth or Fact
We create the stories we live by, and live by the stories we create. We can’t change the past, but we can transform its influence on us with creative writing. It turns out, writing can have side effects. Happiness is complicated. Write to heal. Find out more at http://www.ellenszabo.com
Available on Amazon. This book is for anyone who wants to use creative writing to feel better by externalizing their inner apocalypse. Using 25 writing prompts with evocative photographs, readers are encouraged to make meaning of their life experiences by discovering, emphasizing and illuminating changed perspectives. Every character and every story we write, is autobiographical. … Continue reading Love and Apocalypse – Externalize Your Inner Apocalypse with Creative Writing
Write the story that begins: "We arrive barefoot, and leave shoeless..." photo: ebszabo