Summer Term 2:
August 3 – August 30, 2023
S223Scherlong: The Slant Truth – Creative Nonfiction Inspired by Poetry and Your Journal!
Instructor: Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, M/S
Creative nonfiction is a powerful amalgam of truth, research, personal experience and expository writing. Summer is the perfect time to try your hand at crafting your own! This form of writing is often inspired by the reflective quality of slowing down or shifting perspectives in time or place. Selected essays and poetry will be used to stimulate your creative juices and journal prompts will get us started with generating and expanding ideas. There is no pressure to create a finished work (some may be inspired by the essays to write poems) and we are focused on process and fun!
S223Winter: Coaching the Artist Within — SOLD OUT
Instructor: Cyncie Winter, LPC, CJT
Eric Maisel’s Coaching the Artist Within is an outstanding resource for practicing techniques that can empower your creative life. His unique approach offers a complete program for developing the habits that we can integrate into our everyday lives. How, for instance, do we learn to create in the middle of things? Get a grip on our minds, eliminate dualistic thinking, and find centered presence? Become an anxiety expert? Through the writing process, we will explore Maisel’s twelve inspiring, practical, and enjoyable lessons and exercises to access your own inner coach and to encourage, enrich, sustain, and transform your relationship with the creative process.
Required Text: Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach by Eric Maisel
S223Barnes: Revisiting Our Favorite Poets and Poems
Instructor: Linda Barnes, M/S, CJT, CAPF
One of the great blessings of TWI gatherings is the sharing that takes place between peers in the classes. And one of my greatest pleasures is returning to my favorite poets to reenergize my passion for their work. (For example, every January I return to the work of William Stafford. It’s his birthday month, and each time I trip on “forgotten” gems as well as new pieces to tuck away in my treasure trunk.)
I know you have jewels to share with us all, and we may even “go back to school” to renew our appreciation for Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman! Bring your favorite volume by your favorite poet, your college anthology, or a few books raided from your local library, and let’s scatter the wealth among ourselves. We’ll write our own odes, tributes, praise poems, lampoons, and copycat versions to share, too. This class is certain to bring wonderful surprises!
No textbooks or tests! Laid back poetry play for your summer pleasure.
S223McLeay: Beyond the Yawn: Journaling Past Memoir Writing Obstacles
Instructor: Sharon McLeay, M.A., CJF
Are you unsure about the use of memoir to tell your life story? Do you sometimes ask yourself why bother? Do you spend hours staring at a blank screen or falling asleep when intending to write? Are you buried under a pile of documents, photographs and journals and don’t know what to use and what to toss? Or does the thought of (insert name here) reading your take on your past make your keyboard shake?
If you are experiencing frustration, disillusionment, or out of control angst over writing your life story, join us for a fun, four-week tour of the most common obstacles memoir writers’ face and how to overcome them. We’ll use journal writing techniques to explore the power of memoir and how to clear your way of any common confusions, illusions, or sheep that might get in your way.
CEUs NOT Available.
We are now providing a 6-hour guided independent study, Ethics course that meets the requirements for the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy (NFBPT) credentialing as well as our Therapeutic Writing Institute (TWI) credentialing.
Tuition is $50 ($25 for TWI Trainees), which includes an emailed CE Certificate or Certificate of Completion.