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How to Use Writing for Personal Growth

In this two-hour workshop you will learn writing techniques to direct your listening and focus your attention for deeper self-understanding. Out of focus comes detail, story, and revelation.

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Big Self School

Live Class

$ 97.00 USD

2-hour Live Class
Live, Expert-led Instruction
Workbook
Access to Online Community

Class Overview

“The self-explorer...becomes the explorer of everything else.” —Elias Canetti

This course is about building a framework for self-knowledge. The path toward self-actualization — toward becoming a Big Self — begins with the self. Not navel-gazing. Not selfish entropy. Not analysis paralysis. No, the journey of understanding the world, your place in it, how you interact with others, and their blind spots and strengths, is to understand your own blinds spots and strengths. The sum total of philosophic inquiry is said to have been summarized by Aristotle who said, “Know thyself.” We’ve also heard it similarly phrased as, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

We advocate an approach to building self-knowledge that engages with what you’re feeling and thinking, not letting go. It is similar to meditation in that it requires a focus of attention. We think of it as a crossroads between meditation and therapy. This powerful approach to self-understanding is expressed through writing

Writing is not only for writers. Writing is for all of us. As Julia Cameron notes in her book The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life, “I believe we all come into life as writers.” 

Writing helps us track our spinning thoughts and feelings, which can lead to key insights. Most of us do not think in complete sentences but in self-interrupted, looping, impressionistic fragments. Writing documents thoughts that are otherwise fleeting and transparent. Writing speaks to another consciousness, in this case, another part of the self. 

Writing also creates a mind-body-spirit connection; it is a fully immersive experience with the self. When you use your hands to write something directly from your brain, you are creating a powerful connection between your inner experience and your body’s movement out in the world. It is also described as a form to find meaning through feeling, integrating, and emotion and intuition through language. We hold worries, fears, and memories in our bodies. Writing is a small movement, but it is incredibly powerful when you are writing down what is in your mind.

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Insights and clarity into yourself from the stories you unearth.

An easy, accessible way to increase your calm and energy levels.

Ideas for improving your focus and concentration.

More empathy for other people.

An increase in self-confidence.

Insights & Clarity

Insights and clarity into yourself from the stories you unearth.

Calm

An easy, accessible way to increase your calm and energy levels.

Focus

Ideas for improving your focus and concentration.

Self-confidence

An increase in self-confidence.

Empathy

More empathy for other people.

Your Teacher

Dr. Chad Prevost

Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta, and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.

Your Teacher

Dr. Chad Prevost

Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta, and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.

This course is about building a framework for self-knowledge. The path toward self-actualization — toward becoming a Big Self — begins with the self. Not navel-gazing. Not selfish entropy. Not analysis paralysis. No, the journey of understanding the world, your place in it, how you interact with others, and their blind spots and strengths, is to understand your own blinds spots and strengths. The sum total of philosophic inquiry is said to have been summarized by Aristotle who said, “Know thyself.” We’ve also heard it similarly phrased as, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

We advocate an approach to building self-knowledge that engages with what you’re feeling and thinking, not letting go. It is similar to meditation in that it requires a focus of attention. We think of it as a crossroads between meditation and therapy. This powerful approach to self-understanding is expressed through writing

Writing is not only for writers. Writing is for all of us. As Julia Cameron notes in her book The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life, “I believe we all come into life as writers.” 

Writing helps us track our spinning thoughts and feelings, which can lead to key insights. Most of us do not think in complete sentences but in self-interrupted, looping, impressionistic fragments. Writing documents thoughts that are otherwise fleeting and transparent. Writing speaks to another consciousness, in this case, another part of the self. 

Writing also creates a mind-body-spirit connection; it is a fully immersive experience with the self. When you use your hands to write something directly from your brain, you are creating a powerful connection between your inner experience and your body’s movement out in the world. It is also described as a form to find meaning through feeling, integrating, and emotion and intuition through language. We hold worries, fears, and memories in our bodies. Writing is a small movement, but it is incredibly powerful when you are writing down what is in your mind.

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