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Explore your own unique story through the powerful process of guided expressive writing. Led by poetry therapy facilitator Jennie Linthorst, each month’s session is centered around a life theme and geared towards deepening our self-understanding. Writing prompts and the reading of related poetry will inspire your own poems, prose, and/or journal writing to come forward on the page. A safe place for writers and non-writers alike to write freely without critique, our focus is on honoring the insights and compassion the process brings forward for each participant.  


Jennie's group was one of the best things I have ever done in finding out who lives inside of me.” – Greg L.

"A brilliant process. It helped me discover, clarify, and validate a profound life experience. I learned something invaluable about myself. Such a blessing." 
- Bonnie W.


Day Group-Private committed group of 6 members

Meets once a month on Thursdays from 10am to 1pm in Manhattan Beach, CA

2018/2019 Dates: 9/6; 10/4; 11/1; 12/6; 1/10; 2/7; 3/7; 4/4; 5/2; 6/6

$90 per session

Contact Jennie at for information on open slots.


Online Expressive Writing Group Sessions through UCLA Arts & Healing- open to all each session

This group is now being offered as an online Zoom video meeting. No need to leave your home or live near Los Angeles.  

With inspiration from writing prompts, related poems, and prose, poetry therapy facilitator Jennie Linthorst will guide your voice to the page.  Each session we will explore a life theme through discussion, writing time, and optional sharing.  This is a safe place for writers and non-writers alike to write freely without critique, focusing on the insights and self-discovery the process brings forward for each participant. No writing experience is necessary- new writers are welcome and supported. You must register ahead of time to receive the link to join the online meeting.  


Thursday Evenings from 7:00-9:00pm PST
Online Zoom Video Meeting
Fee: $20
CEUs available: 2 hours per session for additional fee 


October 11th: Facing Change & Transition

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November 8th: Beyond Right & Wrong in Divided Times

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From current participants:

"I loved this class- it's a genius movement of poem to conversation, to a glorious half hour of writing, to sharing in the safe container of the group."

"Jennie has a wonderful 'soft' touch that exudes permission and compassion."



Poetry Therapy for Life's Seasons: A Day of Expressive Writing 

Spend a day at this beautiful garden-filled property gaining perspective on your life through guided expressive writing.  With inspiration from selected poems and writing prompts, we will explore life's seasons from childhood on, with the aim of drawing wisdom from our most important experiences. 

Saturday October 20th, 9:00-5:00pm PST
California Center for Creative Renewal
1905 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

7 CEUs
Fee: $95
Additional Fee for CEUs: $15
Early Bird Discount: $10 if registered 2 weeks prior to event

Click HERE for registration and more information