I just wanted to share a few pics from the workshop I did on the weekend. What an amazing time with some brave, strong, beautiful women! It was my privilege to hear their stories and share with them writing therapy, that they can use to get through various things that have happened to them in their lives. I have been through quite a bit of what they went through and it was a beautiful time of honesty and sharing between women who were supporting each other.
It was a lovely time, and such a beautiful place. As usual the poetry exercise at the end was amazing with people sharing some poignant and life affirming imagery in their poems. So wonderful. Thank you to the ladies who were there, I love you all. 🙂 Stay strong, safe and loving. Kind regards, Suz
Monica, a Social Worker, recently attended my Expressive Writing Therapy Workshop and this was her written response.
“I attended the workshop as a personal and professional development opportunity. I already knew of and experienced the therapeutic benefit of writing, however I wanted to learn more about how this works- particularly the benefit of writing as a way of working through previous trauma.
The workshop was excellent. As I had attended a previous workshop with Suzanne, I knew of the quality of workshop she facilitates and this workshop did not disappoint.
I got the most out of the part where we were encouraged to write about something negative or traumatic. I found that the exercise was confronting, yet liberating. I could feel the tension in my body as I wrote the words on paper but as the story unfolded on the page and came to an end, that tension dissipated and I felt at ease. This was a very powerful experience.
Probably the most challenging part of the workshop, for me, was the task of writing a poem. Because I am so used to writing in far less creative ways, I found myself struggling to even contemplate what to write. I went ahead and did it anyway and actually surprised myself about how lovely it was to use words in this way.
Time seems to go by very quickly when you are immersed in these types of exercises. I would love it to have gone for a few hours longer. I did feel a release of tension having tackled one of my current issues in one of the exercises. Overall, I left the workshop feeling inspired to continue using these exercises frequently to help process and manage my challenges.
The writing I did in the ‘life story’ exercise gave me the opportunity to step out of my current life circumstances and instead almost take a bird’s eye view of my life so far. That did bring up areas that I had not thought about for ages and it allowed me to put into perspective some of the things that are happening now. That experience allowed me to recognise that I have gotten through many difficult situations in my life and anything I am experiencing currently will be resolved and overcome- just like past challenges have been.
I felt very positive after the workshop. It is a powerful way of releasing built up stress. It was also lovely to share the experience with the other participants.”
If you’re interested in my writing therapy exercises, my book Freedom Writing goes into detail about this;
I am excited that my book hit number 7 on Amazon Best Sellers List today! It is also number 26 in two other categories as well. It is exciting to see your book going out and reaching more people and being able to help.
One of my readers sent me this image yesterday of how she was enjoying using the journal from my Freedom Writing Journal book. It had text all over it. 😄 I’m so glad that she has started using it. Thanks so much Vicky – I blurred out the text for privacy. 😄💜
“I am having an hour at a cafe on my own reading your wonderful tips and doing the writing practice you so beautifully recommend. It’s bliss! No kids and just your wise words to keep me company.”
I always appreciate when readers contact me and show me they are using my book. It makes me happy! People are benefitting from it. 😀
This is where I am speaking on the weekend at the Greenleaf Memoir and Family History Writing weekend. It’s going to be a lot of fun, informative and inspiring! I am looking forward to speaking about the connection between writing therapy and memoir writing.
My book Freedom Writing has reached the Top 100 Best Seller List again in Journal Writing. 🙂 Feel free to download it and experience the freedom that writing therapy provides – in a simple and easy way. Freedom Writing was written to show the power writing therapy has to help you remove stress and pain you hold inside and hide from yourself as well as other people.
In Freedom Writing I talk about the research showing writing therapy’s effectiveness and also share my experience and that of other people’s in revealing the release you can experience as well. 🙂