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The heart is a thousand-stringed instrument that can only be tuned by love. —Hafiz
As we approach Valentine’s Day, whether you are currently “in love” or not, we have all been the senders and recipients of one or another form of love.
Why should we try to write a love poem? Doesn’t Hallmark have the market cornered? Isn’t is easier to go to the card section and pick out a generic sentiment?
Nothing takes the place of a personal poem. As Mary Oliver said, “A poem is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry. Yes indeed.”
Let us take time out of our busy, stressful lives to reflect and find a way to honor what and whom we truly love and perhaps even who has truly loved us.
During this workshop, participants will read and hear love poems from a variety of cultural, historical, and societal perspectives. We will discover tools to access and express the language of the heart and will find various ways to “listen” to ourselves and to identify what and whom we truly love.
Whether it is a current or departed family member, friend, pet, past love, a child, an element in nature, or a newfound love, this workshop will enable the participant to find an authentic means of expressing feelings of love in a poem format.
This workshop is designed for beginning writers (no need to be intimidated by sonnets or couplets, as we will break formal rules and use them in their simplest forms). The exercises are thought-provoking and will generate new work. Feedback from instructor on written work will be on a suggestion-only-basis as this is your creation! Sharing one’s writing during the group time is optional.
Learning and Writing Goals
At the conclusion of the session, participants:
- Will have learned 3 classic definitions of love.
- Will be able to make a personal distinction between different kinds of love.
- Will access and translate their authentic language of the heart.
- Will be able to use basic couplet and/or sonnet forms.
- Will have created at least one love poem.
Language of the Heart Workshop Schedule
The workshop will run from 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. U.S. Eastern time.
- 10 minute introduction
- 20 minutes Overview & Exploration of 3 classic types of love
- 30 minute Guided writing response to various love poems, images and quotes
- 30 minutes Examination and practice of basic sonnet structure and use of couplet
- 5 minute Brief guided meditation
- 15 minutes Prompts to create a personal love review
- 20 minutes Written creation of personal poem(s)
- 20 minutes reading newly minted poems, feedback, discussion and wrap-up opportunity to read and share their newly created love poem(s) with the group.
(The option to pass and to simply listen is always respected).
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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