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Many of us intuitively know that writing down our thoughts and feelings makes us feel better. But recent studies of the brain actually demonstrate that expressing ourselves in writing has a host of positive effects.
Instructor Elaine Beale says, “Not only does writing help with issues like grief, trauma, anxiety, and insomnia, it’s also been shown to reduce the symptoms of many illnesses—from arthritis, to fibromyalgia, to IBS, and even heart disease! If writing were a pill, it would be sold by every pharmaceutical company out there.”
In this workshop, Elaine will provide a day of guidance, writing exercises, and strategies that you can use to support your own wellness.
Elaine says, “We’ll explore how to resist the inner critic or censor so we can access our deepest selves. We’ll cover journaling techniques, and do several writing exercises that have been shown to benefit mental and physical health. This is a class for anyone who wants to explore how writing can help improve health, relationships, or mood."
All participants will receive a free copy of Elaine’s book, Write for Wellness, a comprehensive practical guide to using writing to support health, happiness and positive relationships, and issues like chronic illness, trauma, and grief.
Elaine Beale has published two novels, the most recent of which, Another Life Altogether, was featured in Oprah Magazine and received praise from the Boston Globe, Lambda Literary, and Publishers Weekly, among others. Elaine was the winner of the 2007 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Award and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her latest book is Write for Wellness, a guide to using expressive writing to promote emotional and physical health.
- Saturday, July 13, 10:00am-4:00pm
I am a big fan of Elaine's classes. She immediately puts the novice at ease and her enthusiastic love of the craft is contagious.