What is Transformative Life Writing?

What is Transformative Life Writing?

Transformative Life Writing™ brings together the reflective, expressive, healing tradition of personal writing (journal, diary, memoir), and the artistic, creative tradition of literary writing (poetry, short story, novel). It is writing creative non-fiction, based on lived experience.

The textbook for Life Writing for Transformation™ courses is Tools of Transformation, Infinity Publishing 2004 by Joanne Klassen, originator of this process. Transformative Life Writing™ includes 25 tools designed to help writers create an enduring, joyful relationship with writing. Examples of the tools are:

  • Writing Triggers to spark stories
  • Free-style Writing
  • Mind Mapping to generate & organize story themes
  • Focusing Techniques to stay on track
  • Techniques for quieting the Inner Critic
  • Timed writing to complete stories
  • “A String of Story Pearls” to capture life shaping experiences
  • Feedback that improves writing—without criticism, ever

Four “Creative Channels” strengthened through Transformative Life Writing™:

      1. Moments
      2. Imagination
      3. Memory
      4. Inspiration

“Full Circle” stories include A) What happened? Experiences: emotions, actions B) So what? The significance of the experience

C) Now what? The gift, change/ new awareness

Life-enriching, transformative stories are nurtured in writing circles where encouragement, support, acceptance and guidance are provided. The result is stories that carry the wisdom, experience, and adventures of one generation to the next, and the next.

© Joanne Klassen 5-12-2014

jklassen@write-away.net Winnipeg, MB Canada


A Writing Exercise

A Writing Exercise for February, the Month of Love

Last night was our first new Free Up Your Pen. . .Free Up Your Life, Transformative Life Writing class for the month of February. To dive into the topic of love, we took an imaginary journey. Closing the curtain of our eyes and relaxing into the…

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Friday Fun – How to keep writing during turmoil

Check out this blog for many perspectives on the journey of writing.

Live to Write - Write to Live

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.


It’s no secret that writers tend to be sensitive souls. Some of us have already written about how difficult it is to write during chaotic times. Recently, we’ve been hearing from other writers who tell us they are also having difficulty writing when there appears to be so much uncertainty and turmoil surrounding us.

It feels like a betrayal and selfish to isolate ourselves just to write and yet we need to continue writing.

What do you do to keep on writing when things seem to be overwhelming?


wendy-shotWendy Thomas– I recently got an Alexa – that little Amazon hockey puck that sits on your desk and talks to you. She…

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