4-Week: Writing and Personal Transformation

$205.00 Members
$230.00 Non-members

Is writing for healing and personal growth, such as journaling, separate from the craft of literary writing? How are the two different—and how might they overlap? In her book, Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives, Louise DeSalvo explores how writers such as Virginia Woolf, Isabelle Allende, Tim O’Brien, Audre Lord, and others, experienced personal transformation through writing, covering such topics as: writing as symbolic repair, qualities of a healing narrative, managing difficult emotions in memoir writing, self-care for writers, and many others. In this workshop, we’ll explore the work of several pioneers in the transformative writing field as well as experiment with some of their tips and techniques.

Note: This workshop is not designed to take the place of personal therapy.

Please note that our 4-week workshops do not include formal critiques, though there may be opportunities for informal sharing. If you’d like your work critiqued in depth, please see the 8-week workshop listings.

Optional Texts*:

Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives, by Louise DeSalvo*
Biblio/Poetry Therapy—The Interactive Process, by Arleen McCarty Hynes and Mary Hynes-Berry. Third edition revised and updated by Joy Roulier Sawyer, optional and available from the instructor

*Copies of this book are available to Lighthouse students at a 10% discount at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. Simply tell a Tattered Cover employee you are enrolled in a course at Lighthouse and they will direct you to where the books are shelved.

Instructor: Joy Roulier Sawyer Learn More


Mar 17, 2020 6:30pm - 8:30pmMar 24, 2020 6:30pm - 8:30pmMar 31, 2020 6:30pm - 8:30pmApr 07, 2020 6:30pm - 8:30pm