Writing for Wellbeing Workshops with the Pocket Poet
What is Writing for Wellbeing? All writing has the potential to improve your wellbeing. The main difference between 'being a writer' and using writing to improve your wellbeing, is the emphasis on the 'process' of writing, rather than the 'product'. It's less about 'writing well' and more about 'writing yourself well'.
I run Writing for Wellbeing sessions for individuals and groups, and look forward to introducing you to the magic of using writing as a therapeutic, cathartic and reflective tool. Recent Projects I have recently been working with Wiltshire Mighty Girls to produce a two day workshop on Body Image for teenage girls in Bradford on Avon. Our aim is to develop and replicate this model and 'go on tour' to the rest of Wiltshire throughout 2018.
Our 'launch' event was on Thursday 18th January at St Margaret's Hall in Bradford on Avon, where we screened the body positive documentary 'Embrace', created by Taryn Brumfitt, and the workshop was held in February half term, 2018.
What I Offer
Group Workshops What: You can hire me to run a one-off or series of workshops with your organisation, community group, charity, club or for any other setting. Who: I can tailor workshops to any age group, demographic or context. How: We can discuss what you would like the theme, outcome or focus of the workshop/s to be and I can create a bespoke program around your requirements. Price:Prices vary according to length of workshop, number of sessions and location.
I also occasionally run public workshops, and details of these will be promoted locally and on my website and social media feeds.
One-to-One Sessions What: I can provide a one-off, or a series of one-to-one writing sessions designed specifically for you. Who: I can tailor workshops to any age, demographic or context. How: We can discuss what you would like the theme, outcome or focus of your session/s to be and I can create a bespoke program around your requirements. Price:Prices vary according to length of workshop, number of sessions and location, but would be in the region of £30.00 per one-hour session.
For more information on Writing for Wellbeing see my FAQs and list of links to useful websites and articles that describe the various research conducted on the therapeutic aspects of writing.
In Summer/Autumn 2017 I ran a poetry project at Blenheim House Care Home in Melksham, where we explored our identities and produced some really powerful group poems. I hope to work with them again in the near future to pilot a 'Pen-Pal' project in collaboration with a local school.
I also held a very successful 'Write Your Own Family Adventure Story' workshop at Melksham Library as part of the national Family Learning Festival in October 2017. I was blown away by the creativity and originality of the stories the young participants shared with me. There were aliens, princesses, dragons- even a Pikachu!
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