Women's Writing Group - Healing after a Breakup

with Spike Gillespie


6 week series

Wednesdays January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 

February 6th and 13th

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fee: $150,  Registration is Limited

Location: The Austin Center for Grief & Loss

2413 Greenlawn Pkwy., Austin, TX 78757

Beverages will be provided. Please feel free to bring lunch or snacks to enjoy during this lunchtime group.

In this writing workshop for women, we explore the aftermath of relationship breakups and divorce. Award-winning memoirist Spike Gillespie has written often about the pain and grief that ensues when partnerships fall apart. Immediately after a split, you might feel like locking yourself away and crying forever. You might over-ruminate on what went wrong. You might feel anger, sadness, deep loss, and even a yearning for the one who went away. Spike creates a safe place for you to explore all of your feelings, get them down on the page and, if you wish, share them out loud.

Over the course of six weekly meetings we will:

  • Use writing prompts to investigate and acknowledge the broad spectrum of breakup emotions

  • Honor what was

  • Grieve what is no more

  • Imagine a plan for a future in which the pain lessens, the grief quiets, and peace and hope prevail

No prior writing experience is required. Seasoned writers and newbies alike are welcome. In-class time will be primarily used for group discussion and sharing our writing. While there will be some short writing exercises during meetings, longer pieces will be written at home.


Spike Gillespie is a journalist, blogger, author, writing teacher, wedding & funeral officiant, rancher, venue owner, animal rescuer, dedicated meditator, domestic abuse survivor, and avid knitter. She was voted Best Writer in Austin 2006, and Best Memoirist/NonFiction Writer in Austin in 2016 and 2017 by Austin Chronicle Readers. Her work has appeared in NYT Magazine, NYT, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Real Simple, GQ, The Christian Science Monitor and may other publications. She is a former columnist for The Dallas Morning News. She is the author of nine books, most recently The Tao of Bob ( about her life with an unexpected roommate- an 87-year-old Indiana farmer who moved to the ranch, rocked her world, rescued her from an abusive relationship, and taught her the true meaning of unconditional love.