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Words for Wellbeing: Self-compassion through creativity

25 May @ 10:30 - 12:30

“There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.” ― Shannon L. Alder

About this Event

Reading, writing and reflecting within a supportive group can enhance our wellbeing in many ways. This 2-hour online experiential workshop provides a relaxed opening into the ways we can ‘come home to ourselves’ through engaging creatively with words.

Using poems and a range of therapeutic writing techniques, participants will have chance to explore their creativity in a pressure-free environment with space for reflection and self-expression. You will look at some of the ways writing can nourish our ability to be kind to ourselves, forge a greater connection to ourselves and our words, and most importantly find pleasure in the process of creativity.

Throughout this two-hour session, you will:

  • Find a space for self-reflection, self-expression and creativity.
  • Reduce a sense of isolation through strengthening connections to others.
  • Experience the ways writing can help us practice and enhance self-compassion.
  • Nurture self-understanding and acceptance.

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

Tickets cost £10 for NWS members and £12 for general admission. Book your place, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.

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How to access the workshop

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. You will need an internet connection, and a computer with either a built in camera or webcam, and a built-in microphone/speaker.


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