Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken.
“Dancing Shoes” my short story was published in The Quarry Journal, Macquarie University, Sydney.
My short story, Dancing Shoes, a dark and light comedy, has just been published in The Quarry Journal, Macquarie University, Sydney. To check it out you can click on the link below.
My poem “I remember” published in Grapeshot Magazine, Macquarie University, Sydney.
This poem is about the passing of my brother Steven Strong on June 7, 2010. (Grapeshot Magazine, p.40).
My short story “Dancing Shoes” which is a light and dark comedy, will be published in The Quarry Journal at Macquarie University very soon. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading.
Writing Therapy for Men
Happy New Year and all of that. : )
I wanted to post about men undertaking writing therapy. Having conducted many workshops with women, I long been seeking men to participate in writing therapy. I approached my friend a while ago, and he only did the first few exercises, he stopped at the autobiography part. Sometimes it seems men will not want to go to some levels of emotion or pain for fear of what it will unearth. However, in my humble opinion, perhaps men need this more than women even. Women are used to sharing their emotions and I know men do this as well. With writing therapy men can express these deeper things without having to speak or have an audience it is between themselves and the page. This provides complete release and also allows them control over the process so they feel safe. I think writing therapy is quite an amazing tool for men. I will be conducting workshops again soon and I believe I have a few men attending.
Men need writing therapy but they shy away from it. I would love to know the thoughts of male readers of my blog. There are men dealing with a lot of trauma in the armed forces, police force, in different professions and stations in society. All people can and do benefit from writing therapy, though men seem more reluctant. Physiologically, men recover from emotional outbursts and arguments slower than women, they take longer to calm down. Their blood pressure and heart rate rises and stays up much longer than a woman. Is this why men fear emotion? I am not sure but either way, writing therapy is a gentle and healing way to address emotions. I was telling my male friend the other day who said he had been avoiding emotional issues, that once we face them they are released. If we face them they are not powerful over us. If we face them and write them down truthfully and deeply we are released.
I would appreciate any thoughts from my male readers.
Thanks for your time. Hear from you soon.
The Great Gatsby – how does it relate to Writing Therapy?
Having recently enjoyed seeing the film The Great Gatsby, I was not a little excited to see that within the story line, writing therapy is mentioned and recommended to Nick Caraway by his psychiatrist.
Nick has been through traumas with the demise of his friend Jay Gatsby, as well as the amoral way people behaved within the societal circles of a fictionalised place near New York. He is anxious, nervous and is suffering a psychiatric condition. His psychiatrist is listening to him, however, he says to Nick, (paraphrased):
“Take this journal. Write it all down as it was and happened.”
“I’m no good at writing, I have already tried that.”
“You don’t need to be, write down everything, tell the story as it was, no one need see it. You can burn it afterwards.”
So Caraway does, and he writes and writes and writes and releases himself from the strain and psychological pain that an experience like his can inflict. (A great piece of literature worth reading if you are ever interested.) His psychiatrist is describing perfectly, writing therapy.
Within this scene the essential tenets of writing therapy are communicated:
- Write down the incident, stress, or trauma, using narrative (one of the most effective forms though I do letters, autobiography and poetry as well in my workshops.)
- Be completely honest about your emotions about this event, worry, concern or anxiety. Do not censor yourself at all.
- Don’t worry about being a great writer, about grammar, or writing structure even, simply write the narrative in the way that you can. Write from your perspective or the perpetrators perspective if you’re bold (more release can be achieved this way, through empathy for the other).
- No one need see it. In fact write as if no one will ever see it. You can burn it, destroy it, publish it, shred it, have a ceremony and destroy it. The point is the writing is not for an audience, but to be completely confidential, unless you choose otherwise.
This is writing therapy, and it works, dramatically for people.
When it is examined, writing therapy has been utilised for centuries though has only been studied since the 1980s in a scientific manner. Through these studies, psychiatrists and others have shown that people can be completely healed from traumas, physically, mentally and emotionally. In fact the physical benefits were the most surprising. You can read about that here on my website.
Writing therapy is being honest with yourself, totally truthful or it doesn’t work and releasing yourself through the process of writing. It works. You do not need to be a writer. Writing prowess is actually irrelevant in this process. You do not even need to enjoy writing to practice writing therapy. By doing writing therapy you will come to enjoy writing even more as you experience freedom from worries, concerns and anxieties you didn’t think was possible. I will post more soon. Thanks for reading! Go well.
Sunshine Coast Daily Article about Expressive Writing Therapy
Feel Free Through Expressive Writing Therapy
Write for life
Expressive Writing Therapy Workshop
Saturday, June 22, 2013
10am – 12:30
Maroochydore Neighbourhood Centre
Cost: $55.00 (includes morning tea)
Do you sometimes feel stressed and overwhelmed with issues in your life? Are there emotions you wish to be free from? There is a way. Expressive Writing therapy has been proven to provide healing from any issues as well as provide tangible, physical health benefits.
Come and join with others in a fun and safe environment to experience freedom through written expression achieving a feeling of well being and peace whilst making exciting discoveries about yourself.
Bookings are essential, as numbers are limited. Contact Suzanne on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on Facebook at Write for Life.
Expressive Writing Therapy
Come and join us for an Expressive Writing Therapy Workshop!
February 16, 2013.
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with everything? Do you want to be released from stresses in your life? This unique workshop allows you to be freed through Expressive Writing Therapy, which has been proven to release people from past traumas and stress as well as providing tangible, physical health benefits.
This form of art therapy will provide positive ways to look at your life and self and through this discoveries are made and emotional release achieved. Join with others and be supported in a fun and safe environment.
Feel free to read other people’s experiences with these writing therapy workshops. If you have any inquiries please do not hesitate to contact myself on 5326 3103 OR 0438 577 843 or email to this site. We are also on Facebook at Write For Life. Feel free to read other people’s experiences with these writing therapy workshops.
DATE: Sat Feb 16, 2013.
More workshops coming up in the New Year!
As new year approaches everyone gets excited. Newness, fresh starts, crisp clean pieces of white paper with no blots or blemishes on them yet, makes us feel anticipation, hope and exuberance. There will be more Writing Therapy Workshops this year, as well as some Creative Writing Short Story and Memoir Workshops. Writing Therapy can help you to embrace the new year, rid yourself of issues, problems, emotions or memories that have kept you bound for years, months or even weeks. You can then go forward, feeling more positive emotions than the ones you will leave behind and be able to more fully step into or take up the mantle of the things you wish to do, be, see, experience in this year to come.
Be free from these old patterns and any stress that has bound you and kept you from letting go of things in the past and being able to be truly present in the now, fully accepting all of the joys of life that are now yours to be savoured.
Feel free to email me about any of these workshops, or comment and I look forward to more interaction in the New Year. Happy New Year. : )