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Writing for Well-being

Wheldon Seminar Room
Wednesday 14 February 2018, 14:30–16:00
Anne-Marie Smith

You are warmly invited to this two-hour ‘taster’ workshop which offers an introduction to the principles and practice of explorative and expressive writing for wellbeing. 

Within the context of an increasingly competitive and ‘output’ oriented environment, this workshop advocates for the use of creative and reflective writing as an effective way of reflecting on our professional practice and on our selves. There is wide evidence to support the belief that writing can increase communication and self-understanding, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve self-image and general sense of wellbeing (see Bolton 2011).

This taster session will introduce you to different writing techniques adapted from Biblio/Poetry Therapy (Hynes & Hynes-Berry 2011) and from Reflective Practice (Bolton 2010, 2014). Following a brief overview of these approaches, we will then move on to some writing exercises, alongside reflection and group discussion.

The intention of this workshop is to offer a relaxed, safe and participatory space to explore different types of writing-as-practice that can be adapted as tools for your own development, and also as alternative writing strategies with students or peers.

Who should attend:
The workshop sits outside any disciplinary boundaries, and will appeal to anyone who is interested in the practice of writing and reflection as tools for personal and professional development.
Note: you do not need to be a writer or a poet to take part! The focus of this approach is on the process of writing rather than the product, publication, or quality of language; as such it opens up an alternative portal into self-knowledge and understanding. There is no obligation for you to share your writing in the session.

What you can expect to learn:
By the end of the session, participants will know about:

  • creative strategies to enhance thinking and personal development
  • how to use short writing prompts as a lead into deep exploratory writing
  • how to apply and adapt these approaches to different learning contexts
  • the principles, ethics and boundaries of using this approach
  • recommended resources and key texts

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