‘Retirement’ – what next?
So you’ve taken the first step and joined CEDu3a, and maybe thinking about how to spend this next phase of your life. This Writing for Wellbeing Group is aimed at people who are fairly newly retired from their principal job (or working reduced hours) and would like to explore feelings about this transitional stage. Maybe there are some aspects of your job you miss, you are concerned about the lack of structure, wondering how best to fill your time now.
This series of four weekly workshops will allow you to explore your feelings using short, gentle writing activities, with sharing and discussion in a mutually supportive atmosphere. We will start by thinking about the connotations the word retirement has for us (against the backdrop of the pandemic), look at endings, identity and new beginnings.
Each session will involve writing for no longer 2-6 minutes, after which we will share our thoughts about what we have written, though no pressure to do this if you prefer not to. No writing experience is necessary, no need to worry about spelling or grammar or the quality or length of your writing, anything is fine, even writing just one word!
Writing seems beneficial when you are trying to make sense of an event you don’t yet understand (Pennebaker & Evans, 2014)
A course of four weekly sessions for up to six participants, from 29 June – 19 July 2022, 2-4 p.m. Tea, coffee and biscuits.
Group member’s home in Crouch End, N8
Course Leader: Jo Eastop
Jo has an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She has been facilitating writing for wellbeing groups since 2019, on subjects including life transitions, the impact of the pandemic, and has recently become interested in exploring feelings in relation to ‘retirement.’.