|This lesson covers...||how to decide on a topic and (finally!) begin writing.|
|By the end you should...||feel inspired and ready to write a first draft.|
Having said that, you’ll notice that there is a LOT of content to cover in the first two hours. So here are two options for how to spend the third hour:
Option A: Do the first and second hours of the workshop as indicated above, then split the third hour into two sections...
3.1 Picking a Topic and Getting Started on a Draft
3.2 Giving and Receiving Feedback
...and have students spend half the time working with a partner and half the time writing.
Option B (preferred): Spread the 2-hr workshop content over the third hour, allowing more time for the exercises (and the students) to breathe. If choosing this option, here’s where I’d spend a little more time:
- 10 more minutes on the Warm-up Exercises, Essence Objects and Values Exercise
- 5 more minutes on the Feelings and Needs Exercise
- 10 more minutes on the Paired Sharing
Choosing Option B will leave you about 20 minutes or so. During that time, I say let students decide whether they’d like to start writing or get input from a partner. Tips on both of these are coming up below.
I've also mapped these two options out on the Quick Reference Guide here.
For counselors who are able to work with their students in a one-on-one setting following the workshop, a 15-minute one-on-one chat could go a long way in helping pinpoint another, unexplored topic or at least building confidence in your student's current topic. Use this
15-Minute Top Selection Session Sign Up document to easily get all of your students signed up. Feel free to make a copy of this document, edit it, and share it directly with your class of students and have them sign up for separate sessions.
Picking a Topic
It’s time to pick something and start writing! Word to the wise: Your topic may change. That’s okay. But you won’t know which topic works until you try it. There comes a time when you’ve got to pick something.
This is that time.
So open up a blank document and start writing. Put on some headphones and music if it helps.
Need to relax a bit to get calm and inspired first? Try the meditation exercise below.