Writing Through Transitions: A Guide for Transforming Life Changes

Writing Through Transitions: A Guide for Transforming Life Changes

Using this guide, you will write about transitions you are experiencing or expect to experience. Writing Through Transitions helps you understand how you react to big life changes, yourself, how transitions affect your life, and how writing about transitions makes a difference in your personal growth.

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Transitions can be challenging and a source of personal wisdom. Writing Through Transitions guides you through all the basic parts of every big transition and covers special transition situations like juggling multiple transitions and managing the middle part of transitions, where you may experience both uncertainty and new possibilities.

Writing exercises are woven into the entire transition journey. You experience how writing keeps you grounded. Writing exercises develop new insights and richer meaning in all significant transitions. You work at your own pace and on the parts of transitions that are most important to you.

With the help of this guide, you will have a permanent record of your transitions and tools you can use for a lifetime.

Leia Francisco

Leia Francisco

My love for journaling and expressive writing is entwined with my passion for helping people with transitions. After many years of writing and coaching, I completed applied poetry facilitation training in 2004 and received my certification in journal facilitation through The Therapeutic Writing Institute (founded by Kathleen Adams), where I was one of its first faculty members. I have taught my signature program, Writing Through Transitions, for ten years. In 2015, I published the revised edition of Writing Through Transition: A Guide for Transforming Life Changes.

Through my individual coaching and certification program, I will train people to facilitate transitions with their own signature workshop or coaching. I know from years of working closely with individuals that writing makes a qualitative difference in how well people navigate difficult transitions.

I believe that our prior work enhances how we coach others in writing their stories. I am a reformed English instructor, a former senior manager who worked for many years on policy issues for women, and a consultant for organizational change. My good fortune has included studying with William Bridges, Dr. Frederic Hudson, and Richard Bolles—my mentors and inspiration in coaching transitions. These experiences have profoundly shaped my work.

What I want to share with the Journal Council are my ideas about developing a new generation of expressive writing leaders.

“In this expanded version of Writing Through Transitions, Leia Francisco brings even more of her signature methods for transforming transitions into powerful portals of growth and self-affirmation.  Her writing program is theoretically sound, compassionately structured, and expertly delivered.  Two thumbs up!”

-Kay Adams, author of Journal to the Self and CEO, Center for Journal Therapy

 

“If you are facing a transition or suffering through one, you’ll find Writing Through Transitions to be just what the doctor ordered.  In this extraordinary resource, Leia Francisco draws on her years of personal and professional experience in transition work to guide you clearly and patiently through the intricacies of change.  This guide contains a wealth of information, insights, and processes that can help transform life challenges into high successful transitions.”

-David Borchard, Ed.D., Board Certified Coach and author of The Joy of Retirement: Finding Happiness, Freedom, and the Life You’ve Always Wanted.”

 

“Writing Through Transitions is the essential guide in the emerging field of transition writing…insights about transition across the life span, warmth, and wisdom infuse every page.”

-Edwina Cowdery, workplace coach and facilitator.