Advice to Myself: Monthly Expressive Writing Group

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.

No writing experience is necessary. Open to all.

special promotion:

Register and bring a first-time friend for free! Simply register for one, and bring your friend on the day of the program at no extra charge.

upcoming 2018 workshops & themes:

  • February 15: Describing Happiness

  • March 8: The Path Not Taken

  • April 19: Live in the Layers: A Look at Aging

  • May 10: Prayers in Our Pocket

  • June 7: Living With Imperfection


Thursday, January 11, 2018


7:30 to 9:30 pm



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Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF


Gateway Christian Church, Fellowship Room
11760 Gateway Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

additional information:

Jennie Linthorst _HeadshotJennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF  is a poet, expressive writing teacher, and founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy. Jennie has taught expressive writing workshops at UC Irvine Extension, the University of Santa Monica, the National Association for Poetry Therapy, and other organizations. For the past 14 years, Jennie has facilitated ongoing adult writing groups, and original curriculum for private clients exploring their life stories through reading and writing poetry. After graduating cum laude from Skidmore College with a BA in Psychology, and a concentration in dance, Jennie began her career in arts education coordinating artist-in-residency programs for Leap . . . imagination in learning in San Francisco, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Manhattan Beach. She has certification as an Applied Poetry Facilitator from the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy. She has also obtained an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica; a highly experiential counseling program which applies a soul-centered approach to mental and physical well-being. Jennie is the author of two books of poetry by Cardinal House Publishing: Silver Girl and Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope. Her poetry has been featured in Edison Literary Review, Forge, Sanskirt Literary Arts Magazine, Kaleidoscope, and Bluestem magazines. Her work has been featured online at Hopeful Parents, Wellsphere, The SPD Blogger Network, and WOW! Women on Writing.

“Jennie Linthorst is one of those rare teachers who has passion, skills, and heart. She is the only teacher I have ever had who can consistently get me to show instead of tell what I am seeing (which is a tall order since I tell all day long). I am amazed at the written gems that emerge for all participants from her innovative exercises and clear teaching process. You will not be disappointed.”  — Ping Ho, MA, MPH,  Founder and Director, UCLArts & Healing

“Jennie is a beautiful, trusting guide who encourages a journey of self-exploration through writing. She provides the needed tools, inspiration, emotional support and a sort of road map to the heart of your soul allowing for surprising realizations and unexpected gifts.” — Julee H.

“Jennie is a warm and knowledgeable person who guides writers at all levels of experience to go deeper and understand the process . . an incredible opportunity to take a break from everyday cares and worries and really write snapshots that help us make sense of life. Kudos to Jennie for her curriculum and style of guidance which I saw working for everyone in the group, from all walks of life.” — Past participant

“The five voices as tools are incredibly useful, constructive keys to heart and mind. They open doors we thought were already open and make us intensely aware of doors that we have felt closed. It was fun and a challenge.” — Past participant

“Jennie's workshop was inspiring and gave me a different perspective on poetry techniques I knew. She teaches in a fresh and unique way. I am excited to work on [the techniques] and teach.” — Past participant

continuing education (CE) information:
Provider name = Arts and Healing Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Provider number = 4468

Continuing Education credits for LCSWs, MFTs, and RNs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $20. This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Continuing Education Units for RNs are provided by Helen Kiger, Provider No. CEP10957. This class is approved for 2 contact hours of continuing education credit for RNs as required by the CA Board of Registered Nursing. If you are interested in CEUs for RNs, then advance notice is required, as we are unfortunately not able to accommodate RN CEU requests on the day of the program. For RN CEU requests, simply let us know via email at, with the subject header, "RN CE Request," so we can ensure we have the appropriate paperwork prepared for you on the day of the program.

learning objectives for continuing education:

  1. Participants will learn how to use writing techniques of rhythm, sound, simile, metaphor, personification, dialogue, imagery, and detail to enhance artistic self-expression.2. Participants will learn how to enhance empathy skills through writing, sharing, and giving supportive feedback.

  2. Participants will experience the therapeutic process of reading and responding to poems by exploring personal meanings and interpretations as a way to inspire writing.

  3. Participants will experience the therapeutic value of exploring identity through writing.

  4. Nurses will be able to state two ways in which these poetry techniques can be useful in the practice of nursing.

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Participants may park in the church parking lot that is accessible via the Stoner Avenue side of the church. Stacked parking is encouraged to ensure that everyone gets a space. To get to the Fellowship room from the parking lot, please enter through the kitchen or patio door (also via the Stoner Avenue side of the church), which is directly adjacent to the Fellowship room.

Please submit questions via email to or contact us at (310) 452-1439.

Registration and payment a week in advance will guarantee your spot and a pre-workshop handout.