Joelle Taylor – powerful, slam poet!

Hi, I was privileged to see Joelle Taylor yesterday perform this entrancing and beautiful slam poetry, as well as others. She has words that cut through everything like a blade on the street, powerful, profound and hope-filled even though she has been so many horrendous things. What a strong woman, grown up through suffering.

Suzanne

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My book for free! A Creative Collection!

Hello there,

My book is available for free for five days, feel free to download it and check it out. The link is below. 🙂 Thanks heaps for reading. I would love your reviews after you have downloaded it. Have a great day! Suzanne

 

Yesterday, my book was in the Top 31 in the Amazon Best Sellers download list. 🙂

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My short story collection free for one day!

Hi there,

My book will be available for free download for one more day. It now has extra stories and poems inside. If you download it, if you could please provide a review on Amazon.com I would really appreciate it! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading. Go forth and be creative 😀

Suzanne

Benefits of writing by hand and writing therapy…

Deakin University has discovered through research that writing by hand for 15-20 minutes a day can lead to a healthier and more balanced state of mind.

Only confirming what many other universities around the world have been studying since the 1980s. But now, studies have found that writing by hand provides a feeling of well being if done every day. I would add to this if you write about stress or bad personal experiences, or memories you can’t get rid of or anxiety or depression every day, you will experience freedom from these through this process.

This is all writing therapy. Officeworks now runs a mini workshop called “Time to Write” which shows how much writing therapy has permeated the mainstream now. I am very happy to see it. 🙂 When I discovered writing therapy by accident (2008) and then after found it was an established therapy, there was no one or only a few academics in Australia talking about it.

Things have changed dramatically, and I am glad because more people can see the benefit of writing therapy. Feel free to contact me for further information and have a look around this site for more information. Thanks for reading. 🙂

 

“Freedom Writers”- tells story of writing therapy transforming lives…

The Freedom Writers movie tells the true story of Erin Gruwell, who taught at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. This was shortly after the Rodney King riots in 1994 when she began teaching a disadvantaged class who were at risk. Many students were from different racial backgrounds, members of gangs who had been in and out of prison and had experienced indescribable violence from extremely young ages. These students would not accept a white woman from Long Beach would know or even have a clue about what they faced every day.

Erin was not dissuaded, most of all she cared. She knew she could make them see they mattered, their lives mattered and they could have a different life. She came up with a brilliant idea, and she utilised writing therapy without even knowing it.

One morning in the class she told them all she had bought them their own diaries. In these diaries they could write anything they wanted, a story, a poem, an account of their day, anything, a song. She specified it didn’t matter about the grammar or structure, what mattered was they could be honest and they could write something. Lastly, she said to them, this is for your eyes only. “Write as if no one else will see. But if you want me (Erin) to read it place it in this cupboard at the end of the day and I will be the only one who reads it.” They took their journals slowly and she had no idea if they were open to the idea or not. But the following day, she checked the cupboard and it was filled with 40 books of students who wanted her to read it.

For the first time in their life, they felt they had a voice and that someone cared.

Erin utilised the power of writing therapy:

  • to write completely honestly
  • to without an audience unless you want to share it
  • to not be concerned with grammar, spelling etc
  • to write every day

These students did this, and you know what happened – through her teaching and this writing, they completely changed their lives. They were able to express the things that were happening to them – in words on a page, and this is the power of writing therapy that can be anyone’s. These students were the first in their families to finish high school and the first in their families to go to college and now they have a foundation that visits schools and inspires other students that they can have a different life.

This is the power of writing therapy. 🙂 I have seen it with the people I have worked with, I have seen it in my tutorials at university when I read their life stories and tell them I will be the only who reads it and I care about their life story. It is one exercise of writing therapy I do with my tutorials. You should see the honesty I receive and the healing they also receive. Below is a link to the movie; which shows an overview of the story. This movie is a stunning account of an amazing woman who used simple techniques of writing therapy along with her desire to see people free from prejudice and hate, and from the violence and poverty they could not escape. She is my hero as are all of those students and the students I have known who have suffered horrendously but who still stand tall and survive. I have known many of these students as well and I have been inspired by them. As Erin says in her talks, when the teacher becomes the student and is humbled by her students. Check it out…takes my breath away.

Freedom Writers Movie

Compassion Book arrived! Kindle Best Sellers list…

Hello,

I am excited my Compassion A Creative Anthology has arrived. I was very proud to be a part of this collection, with two of my stories in this book. Here it is pictured, it has fiction and poetry on the theme of compassion inside that I know you will appreciate and enjoy!

If you are interested to help children in dire need overseas, please click on the link below and order a copy, or you can download a kindle version as well. All profits go to Compassion International to help children in poverty and to give them a future.suzecompassion2

🙂 Happy reading.

Compassion: A creative anthology

 

 

Eco-poetry- Mary Oliver embracing the world

Studying Eco-poetry at the moment – I have to quote this poet: Mary Oliver (1935)

“When its over, (projecting from the grave)
I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the whole world into my arms.”

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