Improving Your Emotional Intelligence
When we suffer it can be hard to think straight. When we can’t think straight it’s hard to find relief from our suffering. Writing requires us to us to think straight. Through writing we can therefore find relief from suffering. Of course it’s not quite as simple as that – but almost. Through writing we find the story within our situation and take more control of that story.
Writing is a tried and tested method for coping with and understanding personal crises, depression, anxieties, stress and traumatic events. It helps us gain distance from the things that cause us distress. From keeping a daily diary to embarking on a memoir – from flash fiction to a full-length novel – all forms of writing can help us shape narrative from chaos.
In this three-hour session Sian will encourage you to shape your own narrative through therapeutic writing, using a variety of techniques and exploring which methods work best for you.
No experience necessary and grammar, spelling and writing ability are irrelevant. All participants need to bring is an urge to express themselves, resolve personal dilemmas, a journal (or notepad) and a pen. If you prefer to type, please feel free to bring a laptop or iPad. There will be class activities, but everyone's writing material will be kept as private as participants wish.
2.30pm Break (times vary)
4.00pm Class finishes
'Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.'
– E.E. Cummings
Anna McPherson is an experienced marketer, client relationship manager and facilitator. Anna was one of the founding Faculty members of The School of Life in Australia and she continues to be committed to encouraging individuals and organisations to engage with learning through the lens of the arts. She has a particular interest in facilitating cross-cultural communication based on her personal and professional experience in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
Anna’s experience spans corporate organisations, political bodies and the arts sector. Most recently she has worked with the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). During her time at the ACO she developed bespoke corporate workshops that incorporated live performances from ACO musicians paired with The School of Life content on topics such as “Resilience” and “Creativity” to create a truly unique experiential learning format.
Dr Nadine Cameron is a wellbeing consultant, meditation teacher, academic, writer and occasional performer. She has a particular interest in the theoretical and practical intersections of wellbeing and the body, of emotional intelligence and community, and of art and conceptual transformation. She is the former Barr Fellow in Social Inclusion at The University of Melbourne and wrote the groundbreaking book Social Work and the Body (Palgrave Macmillan) that looks at the mutual usefulness of neuroscientific and social theories on the body for social scientists.