I offer mentoring for writers who would like to:
- Develop a regular journaling or writing practice
- Learn Mindful Writing to expand your mindfulness practice
- Develop skills in writing a personal essay or persuasive/argument essay
- Participate in a supportive experience of Mindful Writing for healing
MORE ABOUT MINDFUL WRITING
Mindful Writing is a contemplative and healing practice that explores the heart and mind through deep writing. It teaches the practice of inner listening with nonjudgmental awareness, curiosity and compassion. The practice is useful for finding your authentic voice, learning to trust your inner wisdom, increasing self-compassion and transforming difficult experiences. This practice is for writers and non-writers alike, those who are interested in personal and spiritual growth and writers who are interested in creative freedom. Mindful Writing calms and centers the body and mind and keeps the attention focused on the present moment while writing. This facilitates deep writing, transformation and creative freedom. Mindful Writing has the capacity to transform difficult experiences and allows the writer to make order from chaos and make meaning from difficult experiences. It bypasses the difficult mind states, distractions, and inner critic and allows for easy access to the authentic writing voice that exists within all of us.
contact Jen for additional information or to sign up for writing mentoring sessions.
Discover your authentic voice through Mindful Writing
“Healing Bodies & Souls through Writing and Photography” PainPathways Magazine Fall 2016.
Learning to See Invisible Wounds of War op-ed. StarNews November 11, 2015.
“Meeting Pain with Mindfulness” PainPathways Magazine. Summer 2014 print edition.
“After the Diagnosis: Coping with Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity.” Guest Author, CeliacCorner Blog. 2013.
“Finding Joy After Loss.” Psychology Today Blog Guest post for Eric Maisel’s Rethinking Psychology blog. April 2, 2013.
“10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Stress.” mindbodygreen.com September 14, 2012.
“5 Things You Can Do to Live a Mindful Life.” JenningsWire: The World of Success. October 24, 2012.
“Are You Balanced? Here Are the 7 Kinds of Wellness You Need.” mindbodygreen.com November 12, 2012.
“Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Improve your sense of wellbeing” Naturally ILM. April 2012.
“How to Meditate Part I –Awareness of Breath Meditation.” JenningsWire: The World of Success. November 6, 2012.
“How to Meditate Part II — Mindfulness of the Body.” JenningsWire: The World of Success. December 5, 2012.
“How to Meditate Part III: Mindfulness of Feelings.” JenningsWire: The World of Success. April 18, 2013.
Feature: ” The Value of a Vacation” New Life Journal. June 2009.
“The Wreck,” “After The Wreck,” and “Plastic Surgery Phase II” poems transposed onto photographs. The-Healing-Muse: A Journal of Literary and Visual Arts.October 2008, Volume 8.
Feature: “The Healing Power of Writing From Life” New Life Journal. July 2008.
“A Sister’s Call.” Writing published in conjunction with photography exhibit by Rebecca Schaper. Emory University Law Library, Atlanta, GA. 2006.
“Acquired Brain Injury Vocational Rehabilitation Manual.” Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA. 1998.
“An Overview of Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.” University of Florida/Intellicus Life Care Plan Training Program. Module 3- Multiple Disabilities section, pp. 55-70. 1997.
Chapter “Vocational Rehabilitation with Persons With Acquired Brain Injury” in Shepherd Center’s Acquired Brain Injury Program Family Training Manual. 1996.
Authored “Child Abuse Prevention and Survivor’s Helpline Training Manual.” Georgia Council on Child Abuse. 1994.
JEN’S TEACHING EXPERIENCE
I have taught writing at Mars Hill College, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Antioch University Mcgregor, and University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Courses and Workshops Taught include:
Narrative Witnessing: Stories of Survival
Journal Writing for Healing
Mindful Writing for Healing
Mindful Writing: The Path to Creative Freedom
Mindful Writing for Transformation
Invisible Wounds of War Veterans Healing Writing Workshop
Jen’s approach is helping me to trust my inner voice. I can’t wait to keep going! —Geraldine
I’m so grateful for the through, thoughtful, compassionate, and helpful way that you’ve welcomed my work. Thank you for all of that and more. — Kaaren
I have new tools to use on my grief journey. Writing has helped me to put some difficult thoughts on paper, helping me to remember things that I had pushed deep down—sad memories, but some happy ones also.” — Shayne
One of the most important insights gained from this workshop was discovering that it is possible for me to find a calm center so I can deal with and write about difficult emotions.” –Paul
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS RELATED TO THERAPEUTIC WRITING
When Language Fails: Reconstructing Meaning Through Photography and Memoir Writing. Narrative Matters 2008: An International Interdisciplinary Conference on Narrative Research, Perspectives, Practices and Issues, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. May 10, 2008.
A Narrative Exploration of Healing from Illness or Catastrophic Injury. Wellness and Writing Connections Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008.
Creative Writing as Reflective Practice for the Healthcare Professional. Wellness and Writing Connection Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008.
When Language Fails. Reading from memoir in progress. Wellness and Writing Connections Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008.