Library: Reflect on Life and Hone Your Writing Skills | Chaska’s review


The library will be closed on Friday December 24, Saturday December 25, Friday December 31 and Saturday January 1.

Looking for an opportunity to reflect on your life and hone your writing skills in the New Year? Join the Loft Literary Center and Carver County Library for an online workshop, “Narrative Healing,” Saturday, January 8 from 10:30 am to noon.

This course offers participants the unique opportunity to explore writing as a healing art. The workshop will cover Writing for Healing, Writing to Remember, and Writing to Connect in your health or social service organization. This class was funded by MELSA. Register on

“The Power of Memory: How to Write Your Healing Story” by Linda Joy Myers. Groundbreaking work for healing long term emotional issues. “The Power of Memoir” is a pioneering practical book that provides a step-by-step program for using memoir writing as a therapeutic process. By following these steps, you will learn how to choose the milestones and turning points that make up a cohesive story leading to a life-changing epiphany. Help uncover the secret stories that are the keys to healing, explore the dynamics and roles of dysfunctional families. The author shows how the writing of creative, well-planned and carefully studied memoirs can provide a process for sorting out truth from family lies and myths.

“The story you must tell” by Sandra Marinella. A practical and inspiring guide to transformational personal storytelling, “The Story You Need to Tell” is the product of Sandra Marinella’s pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, her years of teaching, writing. and his research into its profound healing properties. Fascinating real stories illustrate Marinella’s methods of understanding, telling and editing personal stories in ways that foster resilience and renewal. She also shares her own experience of using journaling and expressive writing to overcome challenges, including breast cancer and postpartum depression. Each of the techniques, prompts, and exercises she presents helps us “untie the inner knot and make sense of the loss.”

“Creative Journal Writing: The Art and Heart of Thinking” by Stéphanie Dowrick. There is more to writing a creative journal than just recording events on paper. He can be the companion who supports but does not judge, a place of unparalleled discovery, and a creative playground where the rules of everyday life no longer count. Proven benefits of journaling include reduced stress and anxiety, improved self-awareness, sharpened mental skills, true psychological understanding, creative inspiration and motivation, enhanced ability to cope in difficult times and general physical and emotional well-being.

“Telling the stories of our lives” by David Denborough. Our lives and their paths are not set in stone; instead, they are shaped by history. So the way we understand and share the stories of our lives makes all the difference. If we tell stories that only focus on desolation, then we become weaker. If we tell our stories in a way that makes us stronger, we can heal our losses and alleviate our sorrows. Learning to reimagine the stories we tell about ourselves can make a huge difference in the way we live our lives. Drawing on wisdoms from the field of narrative therapy, this book is designed to help people rewrite and tell the stories of their lives. The book invites readers to take a fresh look at their own stories and find meaning in often overlooked events, find scintillating actions that are often overlooked, and find solutions to difficult problems and situations in unexpected places.


New Year’s Eve: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, December 30 at Chanhassen Library and Victoria Library. Too young to stay awake until midnight? Join us at the library for a celebration before New Years Eve. During the countdown to noon we’ll have music, dancing and more!

Story time will be back in January 2022!


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