Get it Down to Give it Up

How to write it down so you feel better when you’re done –

Get it Down to Give it Up –
Expressive Journaling Techniques

Many of us head to our journals instinctively in times of trouble. Sometimes we get sick of writing about the same old situation over and over again, wondering if we’re ever going to get beyond our negative obsessions.

Twenty years of research has proven time and time again that writing down “what disturbs and dismays you” is good for you both physically and mentally. People who express themselves by writing in a journal have stronger immune systems, fewer illnesses, and lowered blood pressure. Writing in a journal also reduces symptoms of many chronic illnesses such as arthritis, asthma, etc.

Expressive writing can also signifcantly, positively improve mood states including depression and anxiety, as well as ameliorating the symptoms of many other “mental disorders.”

This workshop will provide techniques and exercises to be engaged with in class as well as taken home for future use, to use our journals to best effect for expression, insight and resolution. For those of us who are writers, our problems tend to rise over and over again in our poetry and our fiction as well as our journaling – this workshop will also touch on how to mine our journals for material that can be transformed into powerful fiction and poetry.

Certified in the AWA method of leading creative writing workshops, Susan Lynn Reynolds, BSc. Psych, has taught creative writing for 12 years. Writing for therapeutic benefit is both the subject of her award-winning undergrad thesis and her current program of study for her Masters degree.

Sue leads writing groups for criminalized women both in jail and in the community, a program that earned her the 2007 June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.

Date: Saturday, March 15
Location: Uxbridge Public Library
(Downstairs Meeting Room – Handicapped accessible from the parking lot).

Time: 10:00 to 4:00
Cost: $90.00
$80.00 for WCDR/HWEN members

Light snacks provided
– break for lunch

To register, please email:

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you feel might be interested – the benefit of this method comes from engaging authentically with the process of writing, not the document produced.

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In the summer of 2013 I was invited to do a TEDtalk on “Shining the light on our Changing Communities”. I talked about the therapeutic writing program I do with incarcerated women. You can view the talk here.

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