Sunday, September 25, 2016

Writing Courses in Santa Monica; monthly expressive writing group with jennie linthorst - UCLA AH Program

WHAT monthly expressive writing group with jennie linthorst - UCLA AH Program:


Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica
1238 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401  

When; Oct. 13., 7;30 seara., now. 10, dec. 8.

"expressive writing teacher, and founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy. Jennie has taught expressive writing workshops at UC Irvine Extension, the University of Santa Monica"

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monthly expressive writing group with jennie linthorst
Experience the powerful process of guided expressive writing in this new, monthly workshop led by masterful poetry therapy facilitator, Jennie Linthorst.

Through the use of writing prompts, you will create poems, prose, and/or journal writing unique to your own story, while discovering your voice using techniques from poetry therapy and Jennie’s unique toolbox.Created to inspire insight, self-awareness, and fresh writing in a safe, non-judgmental environment, this workshop is perfect for writers and non-writers, including educators, students, therapists, young professionals, and facilitators alike—whether looking to acquire new tools for teaching poetry to adults and children, or simply wishing to deepen your artistic self-expression.

No writing experience necessary. Single-session registrations welcome!

testimonials:“Jennie Linthorst is one of those rare teachers who has passion, skills, and heart. She is the only teacher I have ever had who can consistently get me to show instead of tell what I am seeing (which is a tall order since I tell all day long). I am amazed at the written gems that emerge for all participants from her innovative exercises and clear teaching process. You will not be disappointed.”  — Ping Ho, MA, MPH,  Founder and Director, UCLArts and Healing

“Jennie is a beautiful, trusting guide who encourages a journey of self-exploration through writing. She provides the needed tools, inspiration, emotional support and a sort of road map to the heart of your soul allowing for surprising realizations and unexpected gifts.” — Julee H.

“Jennie is a warm and knowledgeable person who guides writers at all levels of experience to go deeper and understand the process . . an incredible opportunity to take a break from everyday cares and worries and really write snapshots that help us make sense of life. Kudos to Jennie for her curriculum and style of guidance which I saw working for everyone in the group, from all walks of life.” — Past participant

“The five voices as tools are incredibly useful, constructive keys to heart and mind. They open doors we thought were already open and make us intensely aware of doors that we have felt closed. It was fun and a challenge.” — Past participant“Jennie's workshop was inspiring and gave me a different perspective on poetry techniques I knew. She teaches in a fresh and unique way. I am excited to work on [the techniques] and teach.” — Past participant 

instructor bio:

Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF is a poet, expressive writing teacher, and founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy. Jennie has taught expressive writing workshops at UC Irvine Extension, the University of Santa Monica, the National Association for Poetry Therapy, and other organizations. For the past 14 years, Jennie has facilitated ongoing adult writing groups, and original curriculum for private clients exploring their life stories through reading and writing poetry. After graduating cum laude from Skidmore College with a BA in Psychology, and a concentration in dance, Jennie began her career in arts education coordinating artist-in-residency programs for Leap . . . imagination in learning in San Francisco, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Manhattan Beach. She has certification as an Applied Poetry Facilitator from the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy. She has also obtained an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica; a highly experiential counseling program which applies a soul-centered approach to mental and physical well-being. Jennie is the author of two books of poetry by Cardinal House Publishing: Silver Girl and Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope. Her poetry has been featured in Edison Literary Review, Forge, Sanskirt Literary Arts Magazine, Kaleidoscope, and Bluestem magazines. Her work has been featured online at Hopeful Parents, Wellsphere, The SPD Blogger Network, and WOW! Women on Writing.

samples of past-participant writings:

I am from
I am from the longitudinal line of Jewish women cookers who sizzled potato latkes in hot oil, grated onions through a minefield of tears, plowed shtetl lands of Russia for barley grains to add to stone soup. They're women who sweated in hot kitchens, flipped blintzes made from scraps of flour, eggs and cheese, women who kerchiefed their hairon Friday nights, said prayers over Shabbat candles.

I am from women who knew how to smash pulp from a bully's eyeball to defend their children, women who raised their boys and girls to eat more, grow fat and plump, fill up, fill out, fear not the fetish of thinness for fat is good, fat will protect you, fat will transform you to a strong workhorse who won't be tossed into the gas ovens of a Jewish life.   
 – Rox Levine

On the Other Side of the Door

Before I walked out the front door
I meditated on murder. Pre-meditated murder.
I thought of ways to end the life of the man
I was leaving without going to jail.
I thought of death by Costco pies.
The giant circles of flour and shortening clogging
up his already clogged arteries.
Enough pie so no stent could save him.
Maybe pumpkin pie or pecan or a panoply of pies.
Pies piled up to the ceiling.
It wasn't guilt that stopped me.
It was time.
I left with an apple, not in a pie, fifty dollars
and a band of gold.

– Jacinta Kaplan
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*Second Thursday of most months. 
next workshop: Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 workshop dates:
10/13, 11/10 & 12/8

2017 workshop dates: 

1/12, 2/9,  3/9, 4/20, 5/11 & 6/8
fee:  $20.00 (single-session rate)
          $54.00 (Receive 10% off a three-month package* rate)

Registration and payment a week in advance will guarantee your spot and a pre-workshop handout.

*If pre-registering for the three-month package, after adding all three desired sessions to your shopping cart, enter the following promo-code during checkout: JLWRITING10. Note that you must click the "add to cart" button in each individual program listing. The below "add to cart" button only adds the October session to your cart.

parking:Free parking is available behind the Boys and Girls Club, adjacent to the basketball court. This area can be accessed from Wilshire Blvd., through the alley between Lincoln Blvd. and 7th Street. You may park in any space in the parking lot adjacent to the basketball court, labeled "Boys and Girls Club Staff."  If these spaces are full due to an evening event, you may park for free in the large lot on the other side of the alley right behind the Boys and Girls Club (you must enter from 7th street).  Once you have parked, please enter the building through the gate to the basketball courts.

continuing education (CEU) information:
Provider name = Arts and Healing Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Provider number = 4468

Continuing Education credits for LCSWs, MFTs, and RNs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $15. This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Continuing Education Units for RNs are provided by Helen Kiger, Provider No. CEP10957. This class is approved for 2 contact hours of continuing education credit for RNs as required by the CA Board of Registered Nursing. If you are interested in CEUs for RNs, then advance notice is required, as we are unfortunately not able to accommodate RN CEU requests on the day of the program. For RN CEU requests, simply let us know via email, with the subject header, "RN CEU Request," so we can ensure we have the appropriate paperwork prepared for you on the day of the program

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