Writing the self is the art and practice of using creative, expressive and reflective writing to tell your story and to develop your “warm inner compass”. Through the offerings here, people learn to access their own wisdom and to act on it in life, work, and relationship.
Compelling evidence exists that the writing process enhances and expands personal development in a variety of contexts and that writing has therapeutic benefits. The work here is evidence based and facilitated by Dr. Reinekke Lengelle who has 20 years of teaching experience in the field.
This was not the conventional writing course where I’d learn about syntax and punctuation. I had the opportunity to gain a sort of… connectedness… to find my voice. It was very empowering. C. G.
What I notice about this work over the years is that students enjoy it immensely. They write life stories, poetry, fiction, and do inquiry-based exercises. Writing this way means spending some time on yourself and your ‘internal’ dialogue instead of the ‘external’ dialogue that is emphasized at work and in education. It’s also a chance to find out which (self) stories don’t work anymore.
Career writing is a special branch of “writing the self” aimed at the development of a career identity. That’s another way of saying, “the story of what is meaningful to me and how I want to be meaningful to others”.
Why is telling the story of your life and work important and why is this a new form of career guidance that makes sense?
In a world where employment is insecure and the variety of professional roles has become very complex, career choice-making is no longer a matter of matching skills and interests to so-called ‘existing work’.
We can also no longer rely on the employer for life-long security. All of this means that in order to be and stay employed we must develop ourselves and cultivate our employability. As we shape the story of who we are and articulate that, we shape and reshape our lives.
Reinekke and Frans’s work fosters dynamic discourses that bolster the career resilience, career adaptability, and, ultimately, employability of people facing transitions by re-storying their identities in times of rapid and fundamental change.
Professor Kobus Maree
Dept. of Educational Psychology
University of Pretoria, South Africa