with Joanne Nelson
October 12-15, 2021
Tuition: $200, plus meals and lodging
The second half of life is not defined by a particular age. Rather, it begins in a moment brought about by all manner of life changing circumstances–a time when we recognize the need to reconsider who we are apart from occupations, daily duties, and our past.
Psychologist James Hollis writes that the second half of life is a time of deep change. A time when people, “for whatever reason—death of a partner, end of marriage, illness, retirement, whatever—are obliged to radically consider who they are apart from their history, their roles, and their commitments.”
Through writing, discussion, and mindfulness exercises we’ll create our own unique paths to the second half of life. Join us for this program of exploration during which we’ll gently uncover the transformative possibilities inherent in times of deep change.
Time to share written work is available, but never required!
Joanne Nelson is the 2017 winner of The Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Prize in nonfiction. Her writing appears in the museum of americana, Midwestern Gothic, Redivider, Brevity, Consequence, and others. She is a contributor to Lake Effect on 89.7 WUWM, the local NPR affiliate. In addition, Nelson gives presentations on topics related to meditation, writing, and creativity. Nelson lives in Hartland, Wisconsin where she develops and leads community writing programs and maintains a psychotherapy practice. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Additional information can be found at wakeupthewriterwithin.com.