Creative Writing for Well Being
Saturday 28th June, 10.30-4.00, Facilitator: Glynis Charlton
Led by: Glynis Charlton and Eliane Meyer
Creative writing is a powerful tool. It can impact very positively on well being and, in particular, ‘stream of consciousness’ writing allows you to access your inner self, bringing even greater potency.
This day is designed for participants to free up their creativity in a friendly and supportive environment, through a variety of stimulating, adaptable exercises. It offers an informal chance to play with words instead of, as is so often the case professionally, being bound by them. Time is also allowed for everyone to reflect on the process and consider ways in which creative writing might be used to support their professional practice.
The writing exercises themselves, while based around abstract topics, do not come from a directly therapeutic perspective. Rather, they are designed to stop the censoring brain in its tracks, allowing the subconscious thoughts to come through. There is no obligation to share work with the group (although it is encouraged, as it helps discussion) – the focus is more around the process of exploration through writing.
Glynis Charlton is a creative writer with many years experience of delivering workshops and oral history sessions. She has worked with a wide range of people, including family carers, Womens Aid, residential homes and marginalised young people. She has contributed to therapeutic resource handbooks, including Writing Works (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).
Eliane Meyer MA PGDip MBACP is a humanistic psychotherapist and supervisor, and also delivers creative arts workshops.
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