Upcoming Classes & Workshops
Write Your Creative Aging Story: The Art of the Personal Essay
Do you have a story to tell? Write your personal essay on aging, be it quirky or serious, funny or poignant. By telling our stories we connect with others, recognize our common humanity and realize we are not alone on this journey. This course is designed to help you craft a compelling story. To that end, we will discuss the elements of a successful essay, including what to write about, where to start, voice, the importance of details, and the revision process. Writing exercises will generate ideas; readings, discussions, and gentle group feedback will help improve your story. The goal is to have a completed essay. Publishing options will also be discussed.
Dates: Wednesdays, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
September 25th - November 6th
To Register: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Re-imagining Your Life: Creative Aging Workshop
"Where do I belong?"
"Who am I, now that I'm not who I used to be?"
"What is my purpose?"
Through shared stories, guided writing prompts, readings, journaling, and other creative means, you will uncover your own personal answers, helping you find purpose and meaning in life's next act. Creative aging means tapping into experience, wisdom and curiosity to awaken a renewed sense of self and create a fulfilling and engaged life. A goal of the class is to work on a personal essay which will provide an opportunity to share your story. No prior writing experience is necessary. All writing levels are welcome.
Writing Through Grief
Participants have the option to share their own personal essay on grief with the class.
Writing as a Tool to Cope with Anxiety
Distracting thoughts and rumination can lead to excessive worry, irritability, self-doubt and other negative emotions. No matter the cause of anxiety – current events, temperament, illness, life transition – writing helps re-center us and calm our minds. Putting pen to paper, we can unload persistent thoughts onto the page, providing distance and a new perspective.
In a safe and supportive environment, we’ll learn how to settle swirling emotions through guided writing exercises, prompts and readings. The goal of this class is to provide the tools and strategies needed to start a writing/journaling practice which has been shown to help alleviate anxiety and stress.
Non-denominational. No writing experience is necessary. All writing levels are welcome.
Dates: Thursdays, October 10th - November 14th
Time: 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Location: Jewish Family Service, 1111 E. Brickyard Drive, Suite 218, SLC
To register: contact Liz Anderson at Elizabeth@jfsutah.org or call 801-746-4334