$330 | 6 Weeks
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin
If you have been caring for a sick parent, spouse, or child, or you have been concerned about the well-being of family far away, these therapeutic writing sessions are designed to gently affirm your place in the world, both as a caregiver and an individual with plans, hopes and aspirations beyond your role as a caregiver.
No previous writing experience is needed, and there are no assignments or homework. Writing takes place within the time frame and meditative space of the group.
This is a good fit for family members, friends and those in the helping professions. Nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, law enforcement, EMTs, and Fire Rescue staff may experience a sense of “burnout” from providing care and services to others.
The Honor Your Journey curriculum puts the emphasis on the needs, hopes, and dreams of the caregiver. This process offers simple therapeutic writing tools which provide comfort and insight. Through the extended metaphor of “a journey” participants discover easy and unique ways to record and explore their personal story.
This therapeutic writing group is specifically designed to provide the caregiver time and space to gain perspective, consider self-care options, and discover a renewed sense of purpose.
Participants will benefit from a writing curriculum that assists in values clarification, identifies what deserves celebration, and encourages explorations on gratitude.
Give this gift of time to yourself!
- Introduce therapeutic writing as a meditative tool and a form of self-nurturing
- Learn to utilize a safe container (the journal) as a repository for intense feelings
- Identify and explore patterns of thought
- Assist in goal setting
- Expand expressive coping skills
- Assist in identifying patterns in personal choices
- Increasing everyday mindfulness
- Assist in connecting to compassion for self and community
We will meet on Saturdays at 4-5:30 PM EST
Each one hour and thirty-minute session will follow a similar format:
- 5 minutes introduction
- 10 minutes warm up session
- 5 minutes visualization
- 30 minutes(divided) prompt/response written reflections
- 5 minutes guided meditation/
- 20 minute writing response
- 15 minute optional share/or listen wrap-up
Writers will need to have access to a printer, and print out the week’s handouts before each Zoom group.
Week One: Your Story Matters
Participants will explore the question “How do I Keep the Focus on Me?” Using writing prompts, images and excerpts from literature we will look at and begin to recognize the ways in which we steer off the path, away from ourselves, and we will discover new ways to turn our gaze inward to honor own needs.
Week Two: Tortoise or Hare?
This week’s writing will involve an examination of time constraints, ways in which we allot our time and how we can make Time our Ally. We will delve into the realities of 24/7 responsibilities and ask ourselves the question ”How Can I Pace myself?”
Week Three: Steamer Trunk or Knapsack? Too Much or Too Little?
This week’s exploration is focused on what we bring on this journey. Though various practices of therapeutic writing, we begin to trust that we can identify our needs, define what do we really want, and acknowledge what we already have. The writing prompts will address the eternal act of balancing our own “Baggage”
Week Four: Legends or Myths?
Challenging Micro/Macro ideas of resilience. What does asking for help look like? What does it mean about us? What constraints does society put on us as men and women? How do the Caregiver myths of Sirens, Cyclops, Hercules, and Medusa affect our roles?
Week Five: Map of the World
We will use therapeutic writing tools to ask the big questions: Where Am I Right Now? Where Do I Go From Here? How do I find or construct and then use my Personal Compass?
Week Six: Bird’s Eye View
By the end of the six-week sessions, we will have written our way into finding durable ways to expand our vision, we will find a personal design that encourages us to get and keep perspective, and we will have learned through our writing exercises how to practice seeing the Big Picture
Why Take a Caregivers Writing Course with Writers.com?
- We welcome writers of all backgrounds and experience levels, and we are here for one reason: to support you on your writing journey.
- Small groups keep our online writing classes lively and intimate.
- Work through your weekly written lectures, course materials, and writing assignments at your own pace.
- Share and discuss your work with classmates in a supportive class environment.
- Award-winning instructor Susannah Simpson will offer you direct, personal feedback and suggestions on every assignment you submit.
Learn more about how our courses work here, and contact us with any other questions.
Student Feedback for Instructor Susannah Simpson
It has been my pleasure as well as my gain to have studied Creative Writing with Susannah W. Simpson. It is a rare and great gift to work with a teacher who is living what she is teaching; she understands the creative process and is technically knowledgeable about her field. Writing is not just a means to a salary, but a vital part of her life. Susannah has also helped me to be a critical reader and listener, and to expand my reading experience. All of Susannah’s writing and teaching talents are wrapped in an understanding of skillful, caring group management and tied together with a delightful sense of humor. Thanks to Susannah I have found writing to be both a joy and a release. Marilyn B. Iannucci
Not only did I learn, I was quite entertained and had a great time. Susannah was very engaging and encouraging. Josephine Yankau Wong
Not only is Ms. Simpson an accomplished teacher, but she is also a very successful poet and continually volunteers her time as a writing instructor to many community and grassroots initiatives including work with the elderly and veterans. Many have commented to me of how personable and effective Ms. Simpson is as a writing teacher. Teaching writing is Susannah Simpson’s passion. I am continually impressed and inspired by her dedication, commitment, and ability. Ms. Simpson achieves this, in part, by providing tips, techniques, and support that have helped writers significantly. Carol Fleming-Jones
I didn’t know whether I had any writing ability, but Susannah was so inspirational and supportive that I was encouraged with my progress and eager to continue with her next course, and the one after that, and so on for the next 3 years. I was so totally captivated by Susannah’s inspiration, creativity and insightful support that I came to think I could write in any of the genres she would teach. She was able to find something to praise in the work of the least skilled of us in the class. And we all got better. Some classmates even had work published. I never knew I could do any creative writing until I had Susannah for my teacher. I would take any class she offered! Barbara Krampitz
Very good program. It helped me gain greater insight into myself and allowed me to be my authentic self, even if only on paper. This course, used in concert with the 12 steps, will enrich the lives of people walking along the path of recovery. Will H.
Susannah's WriteRECOVERY© workshop was helpful for me to see a new perspective into the first 3 steps, but more importantly, a gentle way to get me writing about the inner me. I looked forward to settling into my chair in front of my computer on Zoom for Susannah's class each week. It gave me a chance to take a breath, to regroup, and breathe easier after each session. Ashley O.
This gift which you own, and so willingly share, has benefitted many. I hope that you will continue to hold on to this "Passion," which has been such a source of nurturing and comforting. There are patients who continue to speak fondly of you and your groups, and who remember that you cared to make a positive difference in their lives. I too, will never forget. Angela Clarke-Barber, R.N.
During my recovery challenge, I was fortunate enough to attend Dr. Simpson's WriteRecovery© seminars. During the program process, I was dealing with challenging emotions. With the prompts, the support, and guidance by Dr. Simpson, the program allowed me the platform to express my difficult feelings. The process served as an invaluable resource and allowed me an outlet to get my feelings out and it gave me a way to look forward to my recovery process I was able to feel my creativity. It was very inspiring. The program provided me wonderful platform to get to know myself. I was inspired to look deeper into my authentic self. I'm hoping to attend more WriteRecovery© seminars in the future. Beth R.
My name is Shawna Scarpitti ATR-BC, nationally board-certified art therapist, and I co-facilitated hundreds of expressive arts groups in treatment centers across PB COUNTY with Dr. Susannah Simpson during the timeframe of 2014 through 2017. Dr Simpson’s ability to engage the room as well as inspire, inform, and help people heal through the power of expressive writing is second to none! She delivers a power packed curriculum tailored specifically for those in recovery with compelling visual and written prompts that encourage, support, and create awareness. Dr. Simpson‘s capacity to design and hold the energetic space so that others may find their authentic voice as they recover is unmatchable. I highly recommend her. Shawna Scarpitti ATR-BC
"I attended a session of WriteRecovery© with Susannah Simpson on Step Three of the Twelve Steps of Recovery. I've been in multiple recovery programs before that session and none provided the clarity, language, and resonance like the exercises from the Write Recovery session. As an atheist I've always been challenged by some of the wording in recovery programs and had difficulty in identifying my "higher power;" WR gave me options to design my own version of a source where and how I could turn over my addictions and life issues. I am so grateful for this approach and look forward to attending more sessions with Susannah. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary language that the participant can self-select to create their unique definition and meaning." Jan Smith, MSW, MFA Executive Director, SOMOS
Susannah’s WriteRECOVERY© format is able to get participants to think about things themselves in a different way which was a powerful experience for them. My clients had nothing but positive things to say about it. I have always appreciated the results this type of writing is able to yield with my clients. Staci Morey LSCW
As an observer and participant, I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Simpson and benefiting from her WriteRECOVERY© system. Dr. Simpson provides a brilliant program that has made the difference in creating wellness for her clients. Her methods include quotes, prompts and an open-ended journaling practice where the participants can explore ideas, thoughts and feelings to gain self-insight.
Dr. Simpson’s expertise allows for a focused, enlightening experience where Clients explore their perspective regarding a question, quote or topic and in a free-form writing style can increase awareness of their inner world of consciousness. Clients discover belief systems that are either expanding and growing – helping them to thrive.
Clients are often surprised by the flow of consciousness which expresses on the page. I’ve witnessed clients flourish with new-found wisdom and insight, as well as a previously untapped flair for creativity through various poetry forms which can bring clarity and inspiration, and be life-changing for them.
In the culture of Substance Abuse Treatment Dr. Simpson’s manner is humorous, dedicated and inspiring as she provides an effective tool to examine irrational belief systems, codependent relationships, and any negative or limiting thinking that doesn’t serve her participants. Writing provides an opportunity to tap into inner wisdom and insight, which can become a source of strength and resilience and provide a coping tool to prevent relapse.
Many Clients are sufficiently open-minded to try something new; some are expanding an already effective journaling practice. They report positive growth in well-being and connection with self-insight which increases their ability to discover inner resources for establishing a life in recovery.
Joy Adle, LMHC, Executive Recovery