There is growing evidence to suggest that the physical act of writing has a positive effect on our wellbeing. Many people feel drawn to write down their feelings and experiences in diaries, poems and songs especially when they’re feeling strong emotions such as grief, despair, love or joy.
This course aims to introduce people to creative writing and explore the effects it can have on mental wellbeing. It is the act of writing itself that is beneficial to us, not the quality, so don’t be put off if you don’t consider yourself to be creative or are exploring creative writing for the first time. We will learn together how to use our experiences and imagination to develop poems and stories.
Course facilitators will encourage a safe, respectful environment and there will be no pressure to share any writing you produce if you do not wish to do so.
By the end of this course, you will:
- Have a greater understanding of what creative writing is and what it can do for you
- Consider different formats for creative writing
- Practise developing a piece of creative writing
- Be familiar with different tools and techniques that can help you write creatively
- Experience performances of poetry and music from people with lived experience of mental health problems
- Learn about different organisations that can help you if you wish to pursue publishing opportunities
- Feel inspired and motivated to explore your own creativity.
“The facilitators have been fantastic, knowledgeable, inspirational, encouraging and friendly.”
Lead tutors: Sally Warburton and Peter Street
Dates, Times and Venues
5 December 2019 – 10am to 3pm
Start in Salford, Brunswick House, 62 Broad Street, Salford, Manchester M6 5BZ
10 March 2020 – 10am to 3pm
Room 3, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL