Please join our new one-day writing workshop via Zoom:

Shift Happens: Reframing and Reclaiming Life's Challenges

Saturday, November 2, 10 AM - 3:00 PM CENTRAL TIME via Zoom
Lin Marie Bendorf and Dr. Anne Jacobson

Reflect! Reframe! Revise!
How Expressive Writing Transforms

We cannot control major challenges we might face in life…but how we choose to frame these stories can lead to breakthroughs and improved health!

“The pieces I wrote in this writing workshop about unresolved past experiences changed my whole perception of what happened and why…which was to me, super powerful and an example of what this kind of writing can do for our personal healing and growth. It's not an exaggeration to say that it was life changing, at once healing, energizing, cathartic and revealing about my past and the person that I am today.“

Doug Cooper, Writing Client
San Diego, CA

Medical studies and the experience of writing clients have shown that reframing challenging, unresolved life events through expressive writing can help you to…

  • Make sense of what happened, come to a deeper understanding and broader perspective
  • Write yourself to a healthier emotional and physical state with a stronger sense of well-being
  • Provide wisdom that can be leveraged into meaningful presentations, book chapters, memoirs, essays, or journal entries

In this supportive, inspiring one-day workshop, you will 

  • Learn of medical studies & resources linked to expressive writing & healing
  • Be introduced to writing exercises aimed to help you move beyond an unresolved life event – recent or past! 
  • Hear about several clients’ transformative writing experiences
  • Write your way to clarity, strength and wisdom

Come take a fresh look at your life challenges to create powerful shifts in mindset and meaning. 

Workshop fee: $275. Limit 20 participants.  This workshop will fill fast so register now! Your payment in full reserves your spot. To register and confirm your spot, please complete and submit the simple form below. 


Lin Marie and Anne

Linda M. Bendorf (M.A.T., J.D., University of Iowa) has inspired – and motivated – both novice and seasoned writers for over three decades through the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and through her company, Blue Sage Writing, which offers one-on-one coaching, editing, workshops and private writing retreats. Linda’s essays, features, and poetry have appeared in noted magazines and newspapers. Her recent essay, Quest for the Rufous-Capped Warbler, appeared in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest. By end of 2025, she plans to complete her novel, a story set in the contemporary West with characters readers will come to know intimately, along with the ripple effect of their choices.

Anne Jacobson (MD, MPH) worked for 20 years as a family physician and medical director in Chicago’s safety net health systems. She is also a writer, editor, educator, and narrative consultant. Dr. Jacobson earned a B.A. in psychology from Marquette University, M.D. from the University of Wisconsin, M.P.H. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a certificate in Media and Medicine from Harvard University. Her published essays may be found in the Washington Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Examined Life Journal, in the anthology At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die (ed. Lee Gutkind, In Fact Books), Hektoen International, and others. Anne is working on a collection of personal essays.