The Path from Story Listening to Story Telling
What’s the difference between a therapist and a writer? Not much. Both pay rapt attention to the subtleties of human emotions and inhabit a world of words. Still, many therapists feel they have nothing creative to say outside the office. This workshop will challenge that belief and approach writing as a demanding, maddening, and overwhelmingly delightful enterprise. We’ll address the fundamental issues of literary craft and look at the ways therapy can inform writing and writing can enhance therapy. We’ll explore how to:
- Use sensory skills, especially noticing the seemingly “insignificant,” and focus on the keys to expressing your observations in a succinct and colorful way
- Practice writing dialogue that sounds as realistic as the responses you hear in the consulting room
- Deepen creativity and emotional flow through fuller engagement with the written word
- Engage your sense of empathy and understanding of emotional states to bring more life, depth, and imagination to your writing
- Submit both your personal and professional writing for publication
Note: No CE credit for this workshop.
Martha Manning, PhD, is a writer and clinical psychologist who has written five books, including Undercurrent: A Life Beneath the Surface. She has published frequently in the Networker as well as other magazines.