Words for wellbeing – opening into creativity
24 January @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
One event on 17 January, 2019 at 10:00am
One event on 24 January, 2019 at 10:00am
One event on 31 January, 2019 at 10:00am
One event on 7 February, 2019 at 10:00am
One event on 14 February, 2019 at 10:00am
About the course
“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen…” Edna O’Brian
Bringing the light of creativity into the New Year, this six-week sequence 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, lyrics 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.
What you will learn
The focus of this course is creativity, wellbeing and the ways in which these enhance each other. Experientially, participants will develop an understanding of the many ways that words – written, spoken and heard – can be used to promote personal growth, strengthening the connection to ourselves and others.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience a variety of writing techniques, many of which can be used in a personal journal. A love of words is a wonderful starting point, but participants new to writing will benefit just as much as those with experience.
Course schedule (6 weeks)
Thursday 10th January @ 10.00 am – 1.00pm
Thursday 17th January @ 10.00am – 1.00pm
Thursday 24th January @ 10.00am – 1.00pm
Thursday 31st January @ 10.00am – 1.00pm
Thursday 7th February @ 10.00am – 1.00pm
Thursday 14th February @ 10.00am – 1.00pm
About Samantha Gray
Samantha Gray started life as a teacher and is currently in the latter stages of training with the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy to gain credentials 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, Sam 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 Writers’ Studio since January 2017 delivering ‘Words for Wellbeing’ courses.
Book your place
The price for this course is £55 for general admission and £45 for NWS members. Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.