Navigating Change

The course

Learn how writing can be a useful tool at times of change.

Change is all around us, especially these days; how we respond to it makes all the difference. There is a little-known but simple and effective way to navigate transitions, adopt new perspectives and adapt to ever-changing circumstances.

Writing is a scientifically proven tool that benefits mental and physical wellbeing.

Over four immersive weeks, learn how to use writing as a guide through life changes. Discover simple techniques that make change a more manageable and transformative experience. Our guided writing for wellbeing exercises and expert insight will help you explore areas of change in your life, and start making a difference.

You’ll meet Kate McBarron, our expert instructor, and connect with like-minded individuals for an enriching learning experience.

By the end of the course, you’ll have crafted your own personalised action plan for change, outlining the steps you intend to take to navigate change more effectively. You’ll also have tried-and-tested writing strategies to turn to every day, from writing frames and sentence stems to poetry therapy and self-care lists.

Book your place now and learn how to embrace change with confidence.


Meet your course director

Kate McBarron

Kate is a writer, editor and writing for wellbeing practitioner & researcher. She is passionate about words and their ability to enhance our daily lives, from relaxation to self-discovery and workplace wellness.

Kate is cofounder of and founder of

In partnership with WriteWell

We launched the WriteWell in 2021 as the world’s first online writing for wellbeing community. Members get access to a wealth of writing courses, live events and activities as part of a monthly subscription.

How it works

We give you the theory in the form of videos, podcasts, written lectures and reading extracts. In the case of our live workshops, this includes a live online seminar.

You put it into practice by completing the writing assignments.

You share your work with the small group of fellow writers and the teaching team.

Your tutor and fellow learners read your work and give professional-style feedback on your submission. Giving feedback notes helps to build your skills as an editor - a critical part of the writing process.

You reflect on the exercises with the group and share what you’ve learned.

You use what you learned from the feedback and discussions to review your work and improve it.

Things to know

This course is for anyone looking to develop their understanding of writing for wellbeing and how to use therapeutic and reflective writing at times of change.

It’s suitable if you:

  • Want to explore writing for your own wellbeing and personal development
  • Would like to experience a variety of journalling and creative reflection techniques
  • Are looking to enhance your self-awareness
  • Enjoy the discipline of deadlines and peer learning
  • Want to join a friendly and supportive small group of learners
  • Can dedicate a minimum of 2 hours per week to the learning (at a time to suit you).

This course allows you to:

  • Understand how writing can be useful at times of change
  • Call on a selection of writing activities to help with change
  • Use writing to support self-care
  • Explore different perspectives through writing
  • Move forward with a specific change using an action list.

Sessions become available on Monday morning each week.

While there are set deadlines for posting your work and giving feedback to fellow classmates, our 24/7 digital campus means you can work through the course materials at your own pace. This course is flexible, with no pre-recordings and just one live Zoom session with your tutor. All the interaction is via our online classroom, so you can dip in and out, fitting study around your work or family commitments, making it easy to participate from anywhere in the world. See our FAQs for more information on the learning journey and how we teach.

Our teaching method is based on the science of active learning: you read/listen/watch, try out, share and reflect. It’s a social experience – you become part of a small group, feeding back on each other’s experiences and reflections to build a supportive bunch of fellow wellbeing travellers you trust. Find out more here.

Session 1: Where Are You Now? – Explore what change means to you, and find out how to use a poem as a vehicle of discovery.

Session 2: What Do You Need on the Journey? – Understand how writing can be useful at times of change and learn different practical writing strategies.

Session 3: Where Will You Go Next? – Discover the value of writing from different perspectives and how this can offer insights during challenging times.

Session 4: Bringing It All Together – Reflect on the ideas and insights you have explored throughout the course and create an action plan to help you move forward through change.

At the end of the course, you will be well prepared to continue your writing for wellbeing journey. You’ll also have six months of free membership to WriteWell Community.

Join our WriteWell community 

After your course finishes, you’ll be in the perfect position to explore the wealth of practical writing for wellbeing offerings in WriteWell. You’ll get free membership for six months, with the option to continue your writing with fellow students, make the most of exclusive events and access regular live sessions.

The team

Meet your course team


Kate McBarron


Kate is a writer, editor and writing for wellbeing practitioner & researcher. She is passionate about words and their ability to enhance our daily lives, from relaxation to self-discovery and workplace wellness.

Kate is cofounder of and founder of

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Course Alumni

Meet our writers

Laura Steen

Therapeutic & Reflective Writing Alum

I kept hearing stories about the efficacy of writing for well-being schemes and the enrichment they can provide for prisoners and those with mental health difficulties — the type of people I would one day like to work with. Over these eight weeks, I found myself learning and writing in ways that were completely unfamiliar to me, yet allowed me to process and make sense of my experiences more effectively than I ever had through talking.

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