Experience the power of writing for well-being, and learn how to make use of creative writing for personal and professional development
Our April course is now fully booked. The next course starts 11 September 2017
£399 Book your place now
Lapidus discounted rate £350 Book your place now
There is growing evidence that creative writing has direct benefits on both physical and mental health. It is being used for personal and professional development in a variety of contexts across health and social care, in counselling and psychotherapy, in education, coaching and business, and as a means of personal exploration.
This eight-week online course – the first of its kind – will explore the ways and range of contexts in which this type of writing can be used and allow participants to experience its value directly.
It will provide skills, techniques and valuable resources for both personal exploration and for use with clients and groups.
The course will introduce you to the practice of:
- Journal writing
- Biblio-poetry therapy
- Reflective writing and practice for educational/professional development
- Fiction, life-writing and memoir for personal development
- Coaching through writing and metaphor
- Writing in groups and facilitation skills
Who will benefit?
The course is aimed at individuals looking to develop their understanding and skills in this field for personal development or/and for use in their professional practice.
What students say about the course:
“The first online course I’ve ever done turns out to be the best writing course I’ve ever done (and I’ve done lots of brilliant ones). Created and taught by Anne Taylor and Victoria Field, the Introduction to Reflective and Therapeutic Writing is a rich and varied adventure into personal archaeology and cartography. You will dig deep. You will travel far. You will find your pen knows its way. You will uncover your questions. You will uncover the questions behind your questions. You may well find some answers – to private and professional conundrums, and to creative ones. You will cover journal writing, biblio-poetry therapy, writing the self, reflective writing, metaphor, coaching, writing in groups – and you will create a new future. You will enjoy the detailed, insightful and empathetic feedback of your tutors and your peers. Be prepared to be stimulated, surprised, self-sabotaged, side-blinded – and supported. Highly recommended!”
Jon Sayers, Chair, Magma Poetry Magazine; Vice Chair, The Poetry Society Board of Trustees.
How it works:
Learning is divided into carefully planned sessions, taught online in our virtual classroom. As you work through each session, you’ll build your skills and knowledge through a mix of audio and video lectures, written guidance and practical writing exercises, forum discussions and reflection.
- 8-session course
- Weekly sessions
- 5 hours reading and writing work required each week
- Group interaction, reflecting and feedback in each session
- Tutor and course moderator guidance
- Certificate of completion
You will work in a small group of learners, completing the weekly sessions together, interacting with your tutor, moderator and other learners through the forums in our online classroom. In each session, you’ll be asked to complete reading and writing assignments to share with the group in return for feedback. You will also learn how to reflect and give feedback on others’ reflections. The assignments on this course focus on writing-as-process and the ways in which such writing can have therapeutic benefits and promote insight into our own lives.
There are no specific times you need to be online – the course materials are available 24/7, so you can work through them at a time that suits you each week.
Weekly course outline:
Week 1. Introduction to the module and to the group
Week 2. Journal writing, and how to use it effectively
Week 3. Biblio-poetry therapy, its theory and practice
Week 4. Fiction, life-writing and memoir for personal development
Week 5. Reflective writing and practice for educational/professional development
Week 6. Coaching through writing and metaphor
Week 7. Writing in groups and facilitation skills
Week 8. What next? How to take your learning and experience forward.
VICTORIA FIELD is a writer and poetry therapist who has worked in the field of therapeutic writing for the past 15 years. She is an award-winning poet and playwright, and her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. She has co-edited three books on therapeutic writing and contributed chapters and articles to many other publications. She is a fully accredited Mentor-Supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy.
ANNE TAYLOR is a writer, teacher, coach and writing group facilitator. She works as a journalist and copywriter specialising in health, and has spent the last 12 years teaching in Higher Education, where she developed a special interest in online learning. Since securing an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development from the University of Sussex, she has been running writing groups in a range of settings. She is currently chair of Lapidus Cornwall and is a trained NAWE/Arvon Foundation writing coach.
Starts 11 September 2017 £399 Book your place now
Lapidus discounted rate £350 Book your place now
You can also reserve your place on the course with a £50 non-refundable deposit. The balance is payable one week before the course starts or in instalments by arrangement – please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.