About Reinekke

Reinekke Lengelle, PhD

is a poet, playwright and facilitator of writing for wellbeing. She is also an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University in Canada. She is a researcher in the area of narrative career development and writing for personal development. She designs and teaches courses in this area for both online and face to face offerings.

She has been teaching and developing this type of writing for 26 years and is also a researcher with The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.

She began her career as a playwright, poet, author of non-fiction, and ran a small publishing house called Black Tulip Press. She was symposium co-editor with the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling for 5 years and is part of an international group of scholars in the area of narrative and dialogical career guidance.

She created Career Writing with Dr. Frans Meijers (1950-2018). It is a narrative career learning approach which uses creative, expressive and reflective forms of writing to help people gain meaning and direction in life and work.

More recently Reinekke has also developed and taught grief workshops for the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition where she is a faculty member. Her 2021 book “Writing the Self in Bereavement” published by Routledge is the Winner of the Qualitative Inquiry Book Award 2022 and Winner of the Best Book “It’s a Way of Life” Award for Ethnography 2021.

Her latest book with co-editor Katrin Den Elzen is entitled “Writing for wellbeing: research, theory, and practice” was released in July 2023.

“Reinekke is an exceptional facilitator. Her gentle nudging towards authenticity allows for listening to one’s own voice as it appears on the page.

I was grateful she could hear what I didn’t always realize I was saying, hence drawing me in to reflect on my writing in a way I could not possibly hope to do on my own.

Writing the self, the transition from first to second story was not about transforming myself, rather it gave me the courage to, as Nietzsche would suggest, “become who you are.” S.W.

Frans Meijers, PhD

developed Career Writing with Reinekke and they worked closely since 2007. Frans was a well-known expert in career guidance in The Netherlands, a retired professor with The Hague University, and a key developer of career-identity theory and concepts.

Frans was also a popular speaker on guidance in education and began his career as a sociologist and researcher of vocational education. He is the author and editor of a plethora of books and articles on the topic of career learning.

Sadly, Frans died of cancer in November 2018 after a well-lived life. Reinekke carries on their work.

See dedication blog:

Career Writing: a tribute to Frans Meijers