Writing as a Tool for Transformation: Part I

 

With Amanda LeRougetel, Writing as a Tool for Transformation comprises a series of four classes offered as part of McNally Robinson’s community classroom initiative.

The first offering was held as four, two-hour, Sunday afternoon sessions held in October and November 2018.

The second, will be held as four, two-hour, Sunday afternoon ZOOM sessions, running from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on October 18, 25, November 1, and November 8, 2020.

This course uses writing as a tool in a process of inquiry and discovery we’ve named turning points. Life holds a series of turning points that are often not seen, chosen or understood clearly. These turning points arise in times of transition, termination, and transformation. They may involve life-changing events such as parenting, partnering, mourning, migration, employment, retirement, and more. Amanda and I have each used writing to help us gain clarity during turning points in our own lives. In these sessions, we use guided writing processes, strategies and activities to help course members open up understandings of themselves, their turning point(s) and path-making decisions. Members will use a daily logbook to record observations over course sessions in relation to classroom activities. The sessions are not therapy; they use the practice of writing to uncover and clarify your own thinking.

Part II of Writing as a Tool for Transformation will be offered as a series of four, on-line workshops through McNally’s community classroom. The course is described in the following way:

Writing with intention can be transformative, especially when it is pursued in a safe and encouraging context. Building on the guided writing process learned in Part I, we will use a range of activities to expand our awareness of voice, perspective, form, and structure. We will continue to explore how shifting these variables can deepen our understanding of points of transition in our lives. Participants will be asked to keep a Daily Log and may choose to share their writing by reading aloud. If desired, they can contribute their writing to a Course Log. The proposed dates include January 17, 24, 31, and February 7, 2021.

Amanda teaches communication at Red River College; her non-fiction writing has been published in anthologies, The Globe and Mail and Herizons magazine.

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