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Ashley Warren, a local writer and co-founder of the Billings Area Literary Arts group is teaming up with Rebecca Flores, a self-empowerment mentor, presenting a new writing and emotion-based workshop called “Energetics and Emotions," starting July 13.

The workshop came together after Warren and Flores met for coffee and realized that many of their clients were experiencing a similar response to their emotions, often causing them to shut down or react under pressure.

“So many people are feeling overwhelmed with emotion right now and the reaction tends to be fight or flight. Too much emotion and not truly identifying it or dealing with it is draining,” said Flores, who began her work as an energy teacher and intuitive adviser 10 years ago.

The goal of the workshop is to help participants find a way to identify, process and witness their own emotional state. Warren and Flores hope to facilitate an environment in which the students can take the techniques learned in the workshop and apply them to their day-to-day lives.

“When we can bring words to what we are feeling it not only gives us clarity, but it empowers all of us to digest these emotions, and then move forward.” said Warren.

Each workshop will begin with Flores explaining how to identify emotions, allowing participants to witness the reasons behind their emotional condition and Warren providing a writing prompt as the therapeutic vessel.

“The writing will be free-style, it can result in whatever makes sense for the writer: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, anything goes,” said Warren.

Experience in writing, or even a desire to become a writer, is not a part of the workshop. Health and wellness is the direction with each session.

“When you can step back and write it all out and it is no longer in your head, emotion can shift into a new form. Taking past and current emotions and transitioning them onto paper allows us to get through the tough times and find joy in the little things,” said Flores.

Writers are encouraged to attend and find a new way to approach their process, considering the emotional methodology of writing as a refreshing opportunity.

“Writers get entrenched in craft and that becomes our focus. But writing as a practice of tapping into emotional process allows us to be in the shoes of our characters,” said Warren.

Each workshop is two hours long with a combination of discussion and examination through numerous writing exercises. The end result is geared towards building a community in which connections are formed through the participants with clarity, emotional health and trust.

“We all have purpose and gifts. When we learn how to manage our emotions, we can contribute to our daily lives in meaningful ways,” Flores said.

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Special Sections Asst. Editor

Special Sections Asst. Editor at The Billings Gazette.