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Words for Wellbeing: Nature and the Summer Solstice

28 June @ 10:30 - 12:30

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An event every week that begins at 10:30 on Monday, repeating until 28 June, 2021

About this Event

The first session in this two-part sequence falls on the Summer Solstice, a time traditionally associated with growth, self-love and creativity. Taking inspiration from the season and the natural world, we will work experientially to open into the ways that creative and reflective writing can enhance wellbeing.

A fusion of reading, group discussion and expressive/creative writing will be used to promote growth and wellbeing. Participants will have the opportunity to experience key writing techniques, many of which can be used in a personal journal. Here, the focus will be on the expression of the writer’s thoughts and feelings as a means to achieve greater self-awareness, balance and clarity. A love of words is a wonderful starting point, but participants new to writing will benefit just as much as those with experience.

The therapeutic benefits of both reading and writing are becoming increasingly recognised. These sessions will provide the tools for making new connections and discoveries, nurture creativity and give space for reflection. We will explore the ways that a focus on the natural world can inspire our creative life.

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 2-part course will take place on Monday 21st June and Monday 28th June @ 10.30am – 12.30pm

Tickets cost £22 for NWS Members and £25 for general admission.

Book your place, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.


This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both. A user manual containing access instructions and a link will be sent out to you before the workshop.


28 June
10:30 - 12:30
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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