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Writing in Therapy

A series of experiential workshops 6 - 9 p.m.

A three-hour course with and Anne Bach

Course Description

This course demonstrates how expressive writing can be useful for personal exploration. Engaging the imagination helps reveal unclaimed dimensions of emotional experience. Presentations show how spontaneous descriptive writing can help us gain compassionate perspectives towards ourselves and others.

Focus is on methods of encouraging participants to write freely. We will discuss how writing encourages healing through increasing confidence and self-acceptance. The ongoing practice of reflective writing can be a major aid in finding personal fulfillment.

The first session is Writing in Therapy I. Each subsequent course has a higher number. Different examples will illustrate key principles in each of the evenings. Each workshop is self-sufficient. It is not necessary to take them in order.

The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in writing or psychology.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how the unconscious can be evident in reflective writing.

  • Select helpful methods of acknowledging individual perspectives.

  • Discern how the inner life can be enriched through expressive writing.

CE Credit information

The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology.

The following CE credits are available:

  • Psychology, MFT, LCSW, NBCC, Nursing : 3 CE hours

Most teachers must get credits approved by their school administration. Center courses meet the requirements in most states. Contact us if you need more information about receiving credit in your state.

How to Register

  1. Select a seminar location from the Current Seminar Dates and Locations

  2. Register online or call the Center

About the Presenter

Anne Bach

Anne Bach, M.S., MFT is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy and personal exploration. She has led groups in a variety of clinical settings -- and has been a presenter on the psychological uses of writing at major conferences. She is also a noted literary consultant and has done trainings for professional writers in film, advertising, and creative non-fiction. Her artful facilitation of writing exercises provides a comfortable forum for reflection.

William Holman Hunt, The Lady of Shalott

Workshop Schedule

6:00 - Writing as Personal Exploration

7:00 - Techniques to Stimulate the Imagination

7:30 - Break (approximate time)

7:45 - Written Expression and the Unconscious

8:00 - Becoming an Effective Writing Facilitator

9:00 - Course concludes - Total 3 hours

Selections from the Reading List

Cameron, Julia (1999) The Right to Write, (audiotape). Los Angeles: Renaissance Media, Inc.

Chavis, Geri Giebel (2003) The Healing Fountain: Poetry Therapy for Life's Journey. Saint Cloud, MN: North Star Press of Saint Cloud

DeSalvo, Louise (1999) Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives. New York: HarperSanFrancisco

Dillard, Anne (1989) The Writing Life, New York: HarperPerennial

Fox, John (1995) Finding What You Didn’t Lose, New York: Tarcher/Putnam

Goldberg, Natalie (1990) Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, New York: Bantam

Goldberg, Natalie (1988) Freeing the Writer Within, (audiotape). Austin TX: Writers AudioShop.

This audiotape is out of print but you can Download and Listen

Goldberg, Natalie (1986) Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Boston: Shambhala

Hirshfield, Jane (1998) Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. New York: HarperPerennial

Hynes, Arleen (1994) Biblio-Poetry Therapy: The Interactive Process: A Handbook. Saint Cloud, MN: North Star Press of Saint Cloud

Keen, Sam and Valley-Fox, Anne (1973) Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life through Writing and Storytelling. New York: Tarcher/Putnam

Lamott, Anne (1996) Word by Word, (audiotape). Austin, TX: Writer’s AudioShop (out-of-print)

Download and Listen

Lamott, Anne (1994) Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, New York: Doubleday

Mazza, Nicholas (2003) Poetry Therapy Theory and Practice New York: Routledge

Mazza, Nicholas (1999) Poetry Therapy: Interface of the Arts and Psychology. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press

Metzger, Deena (1992) Writing for Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds. New York: HarperSanFrancisco

Rilke, Rainer Maria (1984) Letters to a Young Poet. New York: Random House

Woodman, Marion (1990) Chaos or Creativity? (audiotape). Pacific Grove, CA: Oral Traditions Archives

Woodman, Marion (1993) Emily Dickinson and the Demon Lover, (audiotape). Boulder, CO: Sounds True