5-WEEK CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
STARTS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
MONDAY EVENINGS for 5 weeks
(MAX OF 12 PARTICIPANTS | REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
WITH JEAN UNGER // EVERY MONDAY EVE. (FOR 5 WEEKS)
PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND - INFO WILL BE SENT TO YOU THE WEEK PRIOR TO CLASS START DATE
CLASSES WILL BE LOCATED AT:
In this five-week group, you will free-write from recovery-related prompts on a topic and read your results to the group. During the last group, you will read a story that you have worked on based on any of the provided topics.
The following requirements must be fulfilled before you attend this group:
You don’t have to be a writer. You don’t have to be a storyteller. You don’t have to be or do anything. No expectations - Just show up, and get some thoughts down. We will laugh, we will cry, and most important, we will develop friendships with others in recovery.
How it works:
• Theme with prompting questions is provided.
• Free-write for 20 minutes.
• We voluntarily read what we came up with out loud to the group.
• Supportive, loving feedback and comments are encouraged.
• Bonding with others on a personal, intimate level.
• Finding similarities where before we may have seen differences.
• Feeling genuine compassion and empathy for others.
• Developing interest in other people stories and lives.
• Tapping into memories. Using different parts of our brains.
• Increased self-esteem at the realization that others find us interesting.
• Finding purpose and something to look forward to.
• Finding a voice and a new interest/hobby.
• Doing something just for you. Taking care of yourself.
• Addressing so many of the self-care tools that we are assigned in recovery.
• Providing service to others. Yes, people want to hear your stories. It’s a gift.
About Jean Unger
I’ve always written funny, satirical stories about my life. I never had a name for the kind of writing I do, or a genre that it fit into, so I limited my story sharing to friends. They constantly encouraged me to pursue my writing as a career. I never did. I was distracted by my life and low self-esteem, peppered with a touch of ADHD. At one point, I had a weekly published Op Ed column in the Colorado Daily, but when that came to an end, I never pursued publication again and kept my stories to my inner circle with wedding toasts and a blog, hoping that someone might discover me. They didn’t.
Then I learned about a program wherein I could be trained as a facilitator to get other people to write and share their stories, and I discovered my genre. I love leading people through these groups, hearing about them and watching them grow and glow as they tell their stories. Creating a bond between group members based on their similarities. Recently, I took a couple of my stories to the stage in a Moth-like story slam, and now I can do the two things that fill my heart. Facilitate people in telling their stories, and make people laugh through their tears.
Never think you’re not interesting. We all have a story to tell.