Words for Wellbeing: Creative Growth
5 March @ 10:00 - 13:00
About this Event
This three-part sequence will offer opportunities for participants to explore the ways that creative words can support wellbeing, giving fresh perspectives through times of change and transition.
This course provides a supportive, imaginative space for those who enjoy words to pause, take a breath and invest time in self-discovery. Using a range of literature – poems and other creative springboards, we reflect on what it means to be human, exploring universal themes in a creative context. A combination of reading, group discussion and expressive/creative writing techniques will be used to promote self-understanding and personal growth. Sessions provide the tools for making new connections with ourselves and others, nurturing creativity and building self-understanding. The therapeutic benefits of both reading and writing are becoming increasingly recognised. Here, the focus will be on the expression of the writer’s thoughts, feelings and creativity as a means to achieve greater self-awareness, balance and clarity.
The goals of this course are all linked to participants’ personal development and wellbeing, these will evolve depending on the needs of the group.
Examples of individual sessions goals include: (through reading, writing and group reflection)
- Find ways to build resilience through life changes
- Develop new understandings and perspectives
- Connect with our intuition
- Build confidence and self-esteem through self-expression
- Nurture and explore mindfulness
- Find joy in creativity, to explore issues of self-care.
About Samantha Gray
Samantha Gray started life as a teacher and has recently gained credentials with the ‘International Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy’ to work in the field of poetry therapy – the interactive use of literature to promote healing.
Sam studied Creative Writing with the Open University and became increasingly involved in therapeutic writing, facilitating workshops in a variety of community and healthcare settings. In 2011, she wrote an article about the ways in which writing can support us through the bereavement process (Gray, S, 2011, Routledge). She has been working with the Nottingham Writers’ Studio since January 2017 delivering ‘Words for Wellbeing’ courses.
Book your place
This course will take place on Thursday 5th, 12th & 19th March. The price of this course is £45 for NWS members and £55 for general admission. Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.