The Story You Need To Tell

The Story You Need To Tell

Writing for Resilience with Sandra Marinella

Do you have a story?  Of course, we all have stories! While some of your stories may be painful, others center on your hopes, your dreams, your meaning, and the search for your best self. This class will teach you to find, safely hold, share, reframe, and write your best stories.

The many writing prompts and exercises offered will guide you to write past hardships and toward positive outcomes that highlight resilience and renewal.

We will share, write, and read our work in a safe, caring, and confidential community. You will get supportive feedback from fellow writers and professional feedback from award-winning writing teacher and author, Sandra Marinella.

This Zoom class will be interactive and live for six weeks. 

Class Dates: We will meet Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, and 17.

Class Time: 3:00-5:00 pm PST/6:00-8:00 pm EST

Enrolment is limited to 14 participants. This course is now FULL. 

Sandra’s classes and book genuinely invite us to learn and discover how the power of writing and storytelling can be medicine for the soul. Simply transformational!” ~Gayle Church

Note: You will receive an email upon registration with further details, an overview of course dates as listed below, and everything you need to know to prepare for this amazing course experience.

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$297.00

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The Story You Need to Tell—Writing for Resilience

During the class you will learn the latest findings from neuroscience on how our brains manage our stories as well as related “resilience tools” that can support your writing and your growth as a creative.

You will do readings from The Story You Need to Tell that allow you to explore how personal story sharing, expressive writing, and journaling can grow your authentic voice, develop your personal writing skills, and improve your health!

Benefits of the class

In this class, you will….

  • Write in a safe, caring, confidential community and experience the benefits of interaction
  • Practice resilience strategies that grow you as a person and as a creative
  • Learn ways to frame and write your personal story or stories
  • Discover the power of personal story sharing and writing
  • Journal to find the stories you need to tell
  • Explore how our brains manage our stories
  • Discover story patterns and research that will help you write personal stories with challenges and conflicts
  • Write to prompts that will explore your personal voice
  • Find and embrace meaning and themes in your story writing
  • Develop and grow your personal strengths as a writer at any level
  • Create new and meaningful work

Class Dates & Details 

This Zoom class will be interactive and live for six weeks. 

Class Dates: We will meet Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, and 17.

Class Time: 3:00 -5:00 pm PST/6:00-8:00 pm EST

Classes will be recorded and shared if you have to miss a class. 

“Sandra Marinella has been a healing force at Mayo Clinic over the last several years by bringing the concept of writing to heal to patients and staff alike. Participants consistently respond to how much her sessions help with stress, overall wellbeing, mood, and even pain. Sandra is a wealth of knowledge and remarkable teacher of writers at all levels.”

Denise Millstine, MD, FACP Director, Integrative Medicine Mayo Clinic Phoenix, AZ

Weekly Class Overview

Week One:  Your Story Matters (Optional reading pages 1-81)

  • Learn the power of story-sharing and writing in community. Create a practical framework for your stories.

Week Two:  Writing Stories with Your Authentic Voice  (Optional reading pages 81-141).

  • Explore tools that will help you find, safely hold, and write your unique stories. Explore writing prompts that will help you develop your authentic voice.

Week Three:  Writing about Challenges (Optional reading pages 143-190)

  • Janet Burroway says, “There is only trouble.”  Discover specific story patterns and research that will guide you in writing your “challenge stories.”

Week Four:  Developing Stories with Meaning (Optional reading pages 191-247)

  • Learn to manage personal stories with resilience tools and create stories with themes that embrace meaning and insights.

Week Five:  Discovering the Power of Reframing a Story (Optional reading pages 251-274)

  • Explore two methods of reframing your story. Write and develop the story of  your best self.

Week Six:  Story Celebration

  • This will be a Zoom party. We will celebrate our writing circle with learned insights. Each writer will read and share a story; each participant will respond with positive feedback and support.

Please note:  The Story You Need to Tell book is not included in the registration for this class. It is optional reading that can enrich your course experience and the book can be purchased here >>

Register Now for The Story You Need to Tell: Writing for Resilience

Space is limited to 14 participants to ensure personal support and learning for all. This course is now FULL!

There is no prior writing experience required to benefit from this class.

Join Sandra Marinella for a life enriching and inspiring learning journey!

Sandra Marinella, MA, MEd, is an award-winning writing teacher and author. She has taught personal writing and story-sharing to thousands of students, professionals, veterans, and cancer patients. Her articles have appeared in The English Journal, Seventeen, Well Being Journal, Psychology Today Blog, and more. When she faced cancer, she wrote The Story You Need to Tell, an acclaimed and inspirational guide on writing to heal and transform your story. She has taught at colleges and at several community venues, including Integrative Health at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix where data has demonstrated that her story writing methods lower stress and dramatically enhance measures of mood and well-being.

Sandra Marinella

Sandra Marinella, MA and MEd, is an award-winning writing teacher and author from Chandler, Arizona. She has taught thousands of students and presented hundreds of writing workshops to educators, clinicians, and writers. Her articles have appeared in The English Journal, The Arizona English Bulletin, Seventeen, Well Being Journal, The Mindful Word, and Psychology Today’s blog.

When Sandra faced breast cancer, she turned to her personal writing to help with healing. The experience inspired her to teach writing to cancer patients and veterans at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. As she watched storytelling and writing help others transform their lives, she wrote her new book, The Story You Need to Tell (New World Library, 2017) and formed the Story You Need to Tell Project. Her pioneering work shows all of us how the power of finding our stories, sharing them, and writing our way out of darkness can lead to resilience and renewal.

"When you change your story, you can change your life but how do you do that? This is what Sandra Marinella excels at teaching in her classes and in her book, The Story You Need to Tell. Both her classes and her book are jeweled with rich musings and prescriptive prompts for expressive writing, The Story You Need to Tell is a companionable guide for anyone who wants to be a writer, professional or personal, and wants to simultaneously lead a more fulfilling life. Many of Sandra's students have found the practice immensely helpful.

If you have not done any writing before, Sandra’s book will help get you started. If you are an experienced writer, you’ll benefit from the prompts, examples, and stories that will inspire you to navigate your way forward with your words. She will guide you in what and how to write using many paths to assist in reframing your personal stories.

Sandra’s classes and book genuinely invite us to learn and discover how the power of writing and storytelling can be medicine for the soul. Simply transformational!"

Gayle Church - IAJW Member, Poet, Writer, Artist - Ontario, Canada

 

"Sandra Marinella has been a healing force at Mayo Clinic over the last several years by bringing the concept of writing to heal to patients and staff alike. Participants consistently respond to how much her sessions help with stress, overall wellbeing, mood, and even pain. Sandra is a wealth of knowledge and remarkable teacher of writers at all levels."

Denise Millstine, MD, FACP Director, Integrative Medicine Mayo Clinic Phoenix, AZ

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