Dear Ones, First off, if you have any questions about anything you find below, ask. I will respond in comments. Here goes! I teach expressive writing as a way to release and recover from trauma. Expressive writing allows us to recognize and let go of pain we carry in our bodies. It is an incredibly powerful tool for survivors. I practice expressive writing with survivors of familial violence, war, abuse, grief and more. If you are stuck, struggling or just looking for access to greater joy, I would love to
I’m so excited to be teaching locally through Ivy Tech this fall. Please join me in one (or more) of these five classes. I would love to write with you. Beginning Your Memoir In a supportive group setting, begin preserving your true stories for yourself or next generations. Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, your facilitator, is an established local writing coach who specializes in writing joyful or difficult stories using expressive writing techniques and prompts. With her help, you will define your story and begin recording it while creating a sustainable writing practice.
Dear Wonderful Friends, I haven’t been present here at The Honeyed Quill nearly as much as I’d like, but for good reason. I’ve been publishing work with some of my favorite sites, developing pieces for others, teaching at the Spring WriteAway Retreat, and co-creating courses for local and online instruction. This has happened in addition to my usual client hours. I’ve been the best kind of busy. The kind that makes me want to slap exclamation points and shouty caps all over this post as I write it. But I’m
This event is currently canceled and will be rescheduled ASAP. All registrants have received a full refund. Stay tuned for an update. Life is a carousel, and I’ve been spinning up and down. It is a struggle to value myself as my own boss. Putting price tags on the work I do is an arduous process. I consult with everyone I trust. The writing I coach takes a toll on me, but it also frees me from my own feminine history. I love doing it. Body on the
I have been drafting my next series of Bloomington, IN writing classes beginning in April. If you are an out-of-towner, keep reading. There is a non-local option. I would love to know what you are interested in! Writing through Trauma For the original description, click here. I will teach this as a six week course. Unity of Bloomington has again offered to host, and there is some flexibility for scheduling. If you want to take this class and would like me to reserve your space, please DM or email me
A main struggle I face as a writer is letting go. Sitting down to write has become easy. I have trained myself to get words on the page. But writing authentically, giving value to words and recording or creating a story with integrity–well, I know writers who seem to have mastered that skill. I imagine them at their writing tables in a state of flow, madly scratching out words as effortlessly as they breathe. It doesn’t happen that way for me. Much of the time, writing is like pulling teeth.