On Saturday the 28th of February, almost thirty local Catholic writers attended the CWStL’s two-hour special presentation and workshop: Enliven Your Writing with an Understanding of Clinical and Spiritual Psychology.
The meeting was held at All Saints Catholic Church in St. Peters, Missouri. Author Cathy Gilmore of the CWStL welcomed guest presenter Dr. Richard P. Johnson who invited all attendees to broaden their understanding of “personality.”
With a deep understanding of and a heart for the Catholic Faith, Dr. Johnson explained and illustrated his paradigm of personality (based on years of research, study, and development). Then, he defined with his unique terminology and further elucidated with anecdotes how writers can use this understanding of personality in order to create and develop vivid, believable characters.
“Writing accurately, and especially writing in the light of Jesus and
with the hand of the Holy Spirit, demands that we describe the redemptive process
as it unfolds in the spiritual personality of the characters we create.
For this we need to know what constitutes human personality
and how the Spirit works to bring us closer to God.”
-Dr. Richard P. Johnson
After a coffee/tea and pastries break, Cathy Gilmore then lead the group in a writing workshop. She asked the writers to take 15 minutes in silence and put pen to paper using their newfound understandings as presented by Dr. Johnson. Attendees sketched scenes, developed characters, and composed poetry; and some even shared their unique results.
It was a spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating morning!
To learn more about Dr. Johnson, Ph.D., PCSG, LPC, NCC and his nationally recognized pioneering work in Healing and Medical Behavioral Sciences, visit his website: www.HealYourIllness.com
Dr. Johnson is an award-winning author of numerous books focused on spiritual growth. He published his first novel, The Nun and The Doctor, in 2004.