Instructor: Lisa Ellison
Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members
8 Tuesdays, January 10 – February 28, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
As writers develop a steady practice, feelings emerge, stories from the past surface, and patterns become clear. But how do you write with an open heart in the face of self-judgment or emotional pain? This class will teach writers how to develop self-compassion, address instances of doubt that threaten to derail projects, and make sense of the judgments that arise when writing about difficult topics. Through readings, experiential activities, and in-class writing exercises, stories will be examined from multiple angles. Hidden meanings will be revealed. Strategies will be offered to help writers foster a self-acceptance that keeps their pens on the page.
Lisa Ellison, Ed.S. is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach with a background in mindfulness and mental health. She has an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from James Madison University and is an experienced teacher and facilitator. Her essays have been published, or are forthcoming, in The Guardian, The Rumpus, Gravel, Streetlight, and The Rusty Nail. Her short story “A Bit of Heaven” was the runner up in the 2015 C-Ville Weekly Fiction Contest. She provides helpful tips on the writing process at www.lisacooperelllison.com