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About this course

Give your writing practice some time and attention.
Join us for this Poetry Basics to use during grief experiences on-demand course!

This on-demand course is brought to you via a partnership between The Creative Grief Studio and Kara LC Jones of GriefAndCreativity.com. Kara is the facilitator for this session, so if you have questions, feel free to be in touch with her at kara@griefandcreativity.com. Thanks!

You are invited to spend 6 weeks in this ecourse to explore Poetry basics that you can then use to explore your grief experiences. While we writers can be very solo beings, sometimes it is helpful to have space to share and connection to keep us inspired in both the writing and the grieving process. This creative grief poetry session will have weekly prompts, plus the added benefit of an online classroom space, open 24/7 where you can share, and communicate at any time along the way.

Creative prompts are posted weekly and will include:

  • Week 1: Exploring our poetic world -  cliches & platitudes suck; everyday things 
  • Week 2: Letting the practice help us move - alliteration; 5 senses
  • Week 3: Knowing ourselves and experiences -  5-7-5; the interview
  • Week 4: Continuing to let form shape our expression - tanka; picking a sentence
  • Week 5: Expanding form for a bigger container -  tanka trains; rituals
  • Week 6: Keep up your writing practice - Practice, Not Perfect; permission; resources

Features of this course include:

  • The same day that you register for this course, you'll get the welcome + logistics information as well as Week 1 immediately.

  • Then you'll get new Lesson/activities section of the classroom each week.

  • This course offers participants comment space at the bottom of activity prompts in the classroom.

  • This online, private space is open only to participants and is available 24/7, so you can read prompts and post replies any time of day or night, including weekends, at your own pace and on your own schedule.

  • Please note this is an on-demand, self-directed course, meaning there is no formal facilitation for the session, and this is definitely NOT crisis support.

  • That said, as facilitator I (Kara) will get notifications of your shares, questions, reflections. If your posts ask questions or specifically for feedback, I will do my best to check in within 48-72 hours of notifications where replies are needed. [Note: There are several times a year where I am away for a few weeks at a time. So if there is a delay in reply, please know your posts are not being ignored, and I will reply when I am back.]

Enrollment is open on an on-going basis.

Please see the FAQ below for more details to questions others have asked.

Creator heARTist of this session is moi, Kara Jones of GriefAndCreativity.com, and I look forward to sharing these creative prompts with each of you!


Notes For Practitioners Taking This Course

If you are a grief support practitioner of any kind (therapist, hospice volunteer, pastor, etc.) participation in this course does not grant you permission to use these tools directly with your clients. This course was primarily designed for people experiencing grief themselves and does not offer facilitation instructions. Naturally, you are welcome to provide a link to anyone who you think could benefit from this experience so they can sign up for the course themselves and we appreciate that referral.

Grief support practitioners interested in creating tools, such as the ones contained here, might benefit from exploring the Creative Grief Studio Certification program. Through that curriculum, we offer many tools that can be used directly with your clients in addition to giving you the foundational skills you need to create your own tools to use with your clients. We hope you will check it out.


FAQ

I want to join, but life is busy. Will this session involve a great deal of time and effort?

As with any online session, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. That said, no, this is not an intensive course necessarily. You'll be getting creative prompts once a week with space to share as much or as little in the private classroom as you like. Unlike in-person classes, you get private space that is open 24/7, so you can participate at your own pace. If you can't be here in this classroom during the initial drip feed of materials, that's okay. You'll still get the full content of the course. The comment sections do not close, so you can respond even after the drip feed is "finished," and I will still get notifications of your posts and do my best to answer.

If I decide I will be short on time during the course, can I get a refund on my registration fee?

No, I'm sorry, we are not offering refunds. This course drip feeds content, but you can access it at any time, in your own pace, for as long as you like. The course space is not going anywhere even after the end of drip feed. So once you register, you actually get the entire course in the end, even if your schedule ends up conflicted with the initial content feed. Let me know if you have questions around this *before* you register! Contact kara@griefandcreativity.com.

Is this a therapy group?

No. This is a self-directed session for exploring creative approaches to grief and life experiences; for exploring how you yourself make meaning and expression with whatever is happening for you. While there is a facilitator in our online classroom (moi), I am just one person. I am not available as crisis intervention, and this is not meant to be private session coaching for each and every person. That said, this type of session is a good companion to whatever therapy you are doing already to support yourself. Please practice responsibility (ability to respond) for whatever needs you have medically, mentally, physically.

My grief is non-death related. Can I still join this group?

Yes. All are welcome, whatever your grief experience circumstances are! Often death related grief experiences (death of child, spouse, other loved one, pet) are acknowledged, whereas non-death related grief (divorce, loss of job, chronic illness, major change like immigration) are not. In this course, we are aiming to offer creative grief space to anyone, whatever your circumstances might be. We will not be playing "grief olympics" nor placing experiences on a "hierarchy of grief." Whatever grief experience you bring to the table, is your grief experience. And we will aim to help you find creative approaches to whatever your experiences are.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

Happy to answer any questions you might have. Send an email to kara@griefandcreativity.com.

Will I learn specific art making techniques in the course?

No. This course offers you creative approaches to grief experiences which you can then take into whatever artmaking you are already doing. You will be provided suggestions on how to take the seed ideas into writing, visual artmaking, and/or movement, but you are free to use any techniques, mediums, art processes you wish to use.

Is this a critique group?

No, it is not. In fact, several thing will be baseline to this course:

1) When it comes to sharing your responses to the prompts, you are invited to share only if you want to and *are comfortable doing so*.  Sharing is optional.

2) The facilitator will not, and I ask you as co-participants to not, critique or analyze contents of someone's work nor question their motivation if you are reading posts in the online classroom. In fact, unless the person posts and asks for specific feedback, please do not critique, analyze, nor question. Do your own heARTwork. Let others BE.

3) You are invited to write in any genre. Most of the prompts offered in this session will adapt nicely to poetry, prose, non-fiction, short story, etc. Most of the examples offered will be in poetic format though, just because that is where my focus is as I create materials. But that does not mean you have to respond in poetic genre.

What if I'm not a "real" writer? What if I'm a "professional" writer? What if I am a bereaved person just looking for creative outlet?

*ALL* are welcome!

The prompts and sharing in this course are meant for anyone seeking heARTistic expression. If you are grieving and are very emotional, that's fine. If you are a beginning writer and go slow, that's fine. If you are a professional working on your current novel, that's fine. Really. All are welcome.

What if I'm already working on a piece of writing? Can I work that piece in this course?

Yes! You are welcome to bring whatever writing you are already doing to this table. Poetry, novel, auto-bio, whatever you are doing. You will get weekly writing prompts that you can ignore, alter to help you continue working on your current work-in-progress, or to write new pieces. Whatever you wish.