South Pomfret, Vermont
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Writing for Clarity and Connection

Writing can offer a profound opportunity to process our life experiences and gain clarity about ourselves. Come establish a weekly practice, in a supportive community. No formal writing experience required: the focus will be on the free flow of expression.

The hardest part can be sitting down and picking up the pen! This series will provide a supportive space for a weekly writing practice. Prompts will be offered, though participants will be free to explore whatever is most pressing in their individual lives. An additional goal will be to create a community in which we feel comfortable sharing our stories with each other, if we so choose. No formal writing experience required: the focus will be on the free flow of expression.

In this class participants will: 
-discover the unique ways that writing can deepen our understanding of ourselves and our lives

-develop strategies for overcoming obstacles to free expression (i.e. the "inner critic") so that we can better connect with our authentic selves

-become a compassionate witness to the stories of others, and perhaps share more deeply of yourself

Please bring a journal to write in! 

Jessica Stout has a professional background in clinical social work, with a focus on children, adolescents, and families in mental health settings. She holds a BA in Psychology from Connecticut College and an MSW from Columbia University. As an English Minor in college, Jessica was always drawn to the written word as a powerful conveyor of human stories. She has found catharsis in her own personal journaling and has helped co-facilitate a writing-based support group at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care. She also relishes her time outdoors with her family and two dogs.