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

taking leave

How and why we take our leave from a place can define who we become - and it can make us unreliable narrators of our own lives.  ebszabo Write the character who has lived here, beginning with the moment they walk away. Capture the ways in which memory (back-story) is influenced by their reason for leaving, … Continue reading taking leave

frozen

A metaphor is an implied comparison between two things that are unlike each other but have something in common. When used with restraint, metaphor is an economical way of conveying depth and complexity without ‘telling’ your reader what to think. Think about how an eggshell conveys fragility, an icicle conveys chill, or a shredder conveys … Continue reading frozen

first light and bad love

The Sun coming up is an illusion so convincing that, though we know it is the Earth's motion that causes the Sun to appear on the horizon, we persist in calling it 'sunrise'. This is because we on earth are in a rotating reference frame. Something that I don't fully understand. But I think it might … Continue reading first light and bad love

Bridge of Sighs

This enclosed bridge passes over the Rio di Palazzo in Italy, connecting the interrogation rooms to the Prigioni Nuove, the New Prison. It was named Bridge of Sighs by Lord Byron in the 19th century, because the view through stone grills was the last convicts saw of Venice before their imprisonment.  Photochrom Print Collection Where … Continue reading Bridge of Sighs

from ruins

This is the front door of the Dalmore House in Scotland, completed in 1881, deemed uninhabitable in the early 1960s, and destroyed by fire in April 1969. Life is short, and we are transient. Walk through these doors and discover who lived here, retrieve their stories, reveal who they were by what they believed and what they … Continue reading from ruins