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What is career writing?

Career Writing is a narrative career learning method that involves creative, expressive and reflective writing exercises to develop a story of identity. Identity is defined in this context as the story of what gives meaning and purpose to one’s life and in what direction one would like to develop, career wise. Career is broadly defined and does …

Another taste of Happy

Another piece of the book “Happy: poems and reflections for writing and healing the self” which will be out this fall… You are not who you think you are Research on writing and healing and family systems therapy reveals that secrets clog up our working memory. They can even make us sick. What is inherent …

Finland meets career writing

Our latest work endeavours took us to the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu and to Helsinki. In Joensuu, Frans and I met with a career-research team and gave workshops on career writing and why career dialogues are not as easy as they seem. We also gave two lectures.  Our colleagues said they got more …

On writing the self and vulnerability

Is writing the self speaking our vulnerability in order to become empowered? In reflecting on the book “A vulnerable teacher” (1974) by composition teacher Ken Macrorie (1918-2009), I realized I perceive and sense vulnerability to be something different than he does. After explaining that vulnerable comes from “vuln” the Latin word for “wound”, he writes that “To become …

Youth Career Workshop

We ran day 1 of our career writing workshop last Saturday and the participants worked steadily from 10 to 5:30. They were very focused and all took active part in responding to each other’s work. They wrote to Baroque music, made collages and talked about them, and they listed 20 careers they could imagine doing …

On writing poetry

“To write poetry a person must be interested in something in the world and allow that to resonate with something within.” I wrote these instructions for my students. It’s advice I apply to my own writing. I thought you might enjoy it too. Poetry is a dialogue with “other” and “outside” as well as with …