LIVING STORY                 

Juliet Bruce, PhD

Writes of Passage

Writing programs to integrate difficult experience and support personal growth


The Writes of Passage are periodic 6-week online programs on mastering change through story. In this arrangement, you gain the advantage of peers bearing witness to your journey and  loving community to support you. $210.

I also offer a private 6-week Write of Passage arrangement customized to your specific needs. See Ways to Work with Me for descriptions and fees.

Client Comments:

Note: The results these participants achieved during this group are unique to each individual.  Results will vary depending on situation, needs, level of commitment, and personal predilection.

"Amazing! A year later I look back on what I wrote in the class and realize that I now have everything I put on paper. Writing is powerful."

"Inspiring and energizing. I came in ambivalent about an unhealthy relationship, feeling fearful about sharing anything I wrote, cautious, insular, doubting. By the end of class I had disentangled from the relationship, am more comfortable sharing -- at least in class, am more open, more willing to take risks and live with possibilities."

"I've actually decided to leave school and find a job doing what I love!  It's a really exciting and terrifying time...but it feels like the right thing to do. Working with you has definitely given me so much insight into myself and also given me the courage to follow my heart."

"The framework of the hero/ine's journey is very empowering. To see my life as an epic adventure allows for all the catastrophes and losses to be incorporated, to be seen as part of the celebration of life, rather than shameful episodes that need to be covered up as quickly as possible."

"I had shut down those parts of  myself that I considered too dangerous or powerful to explore. This group has been an integral part of encouraging me to move closer to that power source that's been sealed off since adolescence."

"This group was fabulously powerful. I've done a lot of writing and sharing but loved the active listening and feedback, and then feedback again by the writer. VERY powerful. It gave me different ways of thinking about my life. It's great to get a variety of interpretations on what we thought we wrote about and who we think we are and all that we could be."

"Return: Odysseus and Telemachus, with Athena" -
Henri Lucien Doucet
"What I think is that a good life is one heroic journey after another. Over and over again you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There's always the possibility of a fiasco. But there's also the possibility of bliss." - Joseph Campbell

(Graphic: The Heroic Journey: Stages of change adapted from the Virginia Satir Change Model and Joseph Campbell, used with permission from

The Transformational Power of Metaphor
We live in a world that's lost the understanding of story as a rite of passage that served as a guide for human life for thousands of years. Without this metaphorical story framework for self-realization, we lack the language, vision, optimism, and meaning that create individual and collective wholeness. The six sessions of this course provide you with that scaffold for making transformational leaps in your personal life, relationships, and work. It's especially helpful for people in transition, faced with rebuilding a new life after loss or disruption.

The ancient narrative of resilience and transformation that tells of disaster, quest, victory, and wise return can be found in every great story, transformational experience, and meaningful life. It tells of the universal struggle to grow through crisis.

The hero's journey also reenacts the first great journey in life, from childhood to adulthood.
Working in a metaphorical, right-brain model such as the mythical hero's journey format gives safe access to those places in the body, mind, and spirit that lie beyond the reach of memory and ordinary language.

Using stories and poetry from the world's great oral and written traditions, and energized by resonant community, this unique story group will provide a scaffold on which to navigate a difficult life passage.

This course features the components of my MASTERING CHANGE process:

~ Your Life Through a Story Lens;
~ Fairy Tale, Myth, and the Right Brain;
~ Fierce Practice: Facing the Monsters;

~ Humor and Transcendence;
~ Claiming Your Grail;

~ Rebirth in Community.

I have been offering this course since 2006 and continue to be amazed at the profound and rapid change that takes place in participants, enabling them to clear their minds and take forceful action toward wholeness or a cherished goal. This is especially true for those who do the customized homework assignments each week.

Being witness to these changes confirms over and over for me that life changes from the inside out and the imagination is the key to moving beyond ingrained beliefs and limitations.

Do you want to change your life? Inject imaginative metaphor into your present story, and gather the new information and perspectives that emerge. 


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