Six Tuesdays, May 1 to July 3, 2018
Lane Cove North
Morning group meets 10 AM – 12 noon
Interested in joining this group? Contact Laurie MacKinnon
An abundance of research over the last 30 years shows that expressive writing can provide both physical and emotional benefits.
Do you want to know yourself better and find your own voice?
This group is for women who want to write about their lives and to connect with others. It is a small group limited to a maximum of 6 participants
This group may be for you if you are a woman who:
is in the midst of a life transition that is stressful or painful such as step-parenting, children leaving home, divorce, or the death of a parent or spouse.
is facing your own or loved ones’ diagnosis or illness
has persistent painful thoughts or feelings about something that happened to you in the past such as physical or sexual assault, being bullied, experiencing physical or psychological violence from a partner, or the loss or death of a family member or friend.
Are you someone who likes to write?
This group could be for you if you want to:
increase your motivation to write through the commitment of belonging to a group
share some of your life stories and be inspired by hearing the life stories of others
How is a therapeutic writing group different from a skills-based writing group?
The big difference is that the group is run by an experienced therapist, rather than by writer or educator. An experienced therapist, who is also a writer, knows how to:
help you express, manage and contain strong emotional expression
manage the group process. The group is a confidential, safe place in which to talk and share.
provide direction and instruction on writing techniques that will give maximum psychological benefit.
The second difference is that in a therapeutic writing group, the goal is not to turn you into a great writer but instead to help you become a happier, healthier more integrated person.
respond to each other with acknowledgment and support
do not analyse or give feedback on the writing quality of the piece of writing.
The third difference is that the goal is to write to understand and benefit oneself, not to produce writing for publication.
You will not be producing publishable material. But you may end up with several pieces that you might choose to rewrite later and consider for publication.
If you would like to start writing some of your life stories and need a boost to get going, this group could be helpful to you in dealing with the emotional blocks to getting started.
How much does it cost?
The cost for the eight sessions is $635. A Medicare rebate of $152.00 may apply depending upon your circumstances.
Do you have to be a good writer?
No, you don't have to be a good writer. However, you do need to be willing and able to write each week. Even participants who do not regard themselves as talented writers still gain physical and mental health benefits. In fact, it may be that the people who gain the most are those who have never written or talked about their feelings with others before.
Do you have to read aloud everything you write?
No. You choose what you want to share and what writing you will keep to yourself. While participants gain more from the acknowledgment and validation of others, they benefit from writing even if they keep it to themselves.
How much do you have to write?
Writing tasks can be done at home in as little as 15 minutes a day. You may choose to do more. You will learn skills and develop writing habits that you can use for the rest of your life.