Therapeutic Writing Workshop Offered


Tapping into your own magic is the theme of a workshop taught by author, counselor and educator Sue Meyn of Scottsdale at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

A subtitle for the workshop could be "Pens that shovel -- mining our inner resources," Meyn said.

Therapeutic writing benefits us on many different levels, according to Meyn.

"We start at the surface of our lives any time we start the journal writing process."

The first brief exercise comes from the book "A Journey to the Self" by Kathleen Adams.

Then it moves onto another level of journaling using special journaling cards that Meyn created for the purpose.

There are six to seven levels depending on how fast the group, which is limited to 20 participants, writes through them.

Meyn likes to keep the group small because people are able to interact in a more personal way and feel safe.

And feeling safe is primary to the therapeutic writing process.

"There is time for participants to share what they have written, but only to the extent the individual is comfortable sharing," Meyn said.

Participants sharing their discoveries is part of the "deepening" that naturally happens in group therapeutic writing, she said.

Arizona Press Women is sponsoring the workshop, which is open to the public.

The workshop will be at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community dining hall at 807 W. Longhorn Road, Payson.

Participation is limited to 20 people and the fee is $10.

Register by Sept. 14 via e-mail to bcbrown2@theriver. com or call (928) 468-9269.

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