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Event Round Up

There are a lot of events going on at the moment, run both by ourselves and our members. We don't want you to miss out, so please find below a summary of the events happening over the next few months. We'll continue to update it every time someone sends in something new! (All times are in timezone GMT+1 unless otherwise specified)

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Winter Pen Pals: 6 Week Correspondence Course

Date: 4th January 2021 - 20th March 2021, 6 weeks of lessons at your own pace between these dates.

Where: Online

Cost: £75 

Description: 

Unplug.
In a world where everything seems to be moving at a fast pace and every class seems to be online - choose to do things differently. Slow down. Move away from the computer screen. Pick up your pen. Winter is the season for rest and reflection. Immerse yourself in the joys & comforts of a correspondence-style course. As your creative writing tutor, I will be your Winter Pen Pal, sending you a weekly writing exercise and sending you encouraging feedback on work you return to me within an agreed timeframe. Your work can be handwritten, or word processed - as long as I can read it! You can send me photos of your work from your journal if that is best for you.
 


London Women in Business: Leaders who inspire-a virtual networking even

Date: Monday 1st March

Time: 4pm to 6:30pm.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Description: 

Following the launch of my small business, Storied Selves, offering Writing for Wellbeing & Personal Development workshops (http://storiedselves.com/), I am honoured to be invited to speak about my journey re.this and what I offer at a free event, hosted on Zoom by The Federation of Small Businesses focussing on four London based women who opened small businesses during the pandemic, including myself representing Writing for wellbeing!
Please feel free to also pass this link below on to others you know who may be interested-all are warmly welcome.
 
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Read Write Express Writing for Wellbeing and Self Awareness

Date:  20th March (Growing)

Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm

Where: Online

Cost: £23.50 or Donation

Description: 

Read Write Express offer workshops for adults who wish to explore writing as a means of improving wellbeing, gaining confidence and moving forward with life.

The workshops provide a nurturing and supportive space to experience different writing and other fun, releasing and relaxing exercises to help participants stimulate their creativity and encourage self-awareness. Writing experience not essential, just a willingness to join in and give it a go.

Writing is optionally shared with the group and participants are encouraged to respond from their own experience of hearing it as opposed to offering a critique. This is the difference between writing for self development and creative writing for literary development. Writing and voicing writing in this way can be therapeutic but these workshops are not group therapy and participants need to be aware of this when choosing what to write or share

Classes held monthly. Check website for dates.

Growing: Through reading, visualisation, free-writing and sharing, we will contemplate the theme of "growing" both in the natural world and in ourselves and explore how we might grow. To book, click here 


Virtual Writing for Wellbeing

Date: Last Friday of each month

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Online

Cost: £10 per session 

Description: 

This is a small, friendly group that started meeting on a weekly basis during lockdown and is being continued as a monthly group. It involves using a range of writing for wellbeing techniques to explore and reflect on ourselves in the context of an uncertain world.
Please book by the Thursday prior to each session.
 


Reclaiming the Rainbow: A Six-Week LGBT+ Creative Wellbeing Course

Date: The course is 12 hours set over six Monday nights, starting on the 1st February and are as follows:

Session 1: Spirit and Serenity – 1st Feb

Session 2: Magic and Art 8th Feb

Session 3: Nature and Sunlight – 15th Feb 

Session 4: Grief and Remembrance – 22nd Feb

Session 5: Healing and Transformation – 1st March

Session 6: Life and Sexuality – 8th March 

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Online

Cost: Full Price: £130; Concession (low wage): £100; Funded (no wage): £10.

Description: 

Join us for a multifaceted creative exploration of sexuality, gender and community, themed around LGBTQ+ rainbow flags. This online course is infused with wellbeing and connection, as we move through the Progress Pride flag’s colours and meanings, using them as a therapeutic guide to self-enquiry. From manifestos, spells and incantations, through to our connections to ecology. In a safe and contained environment, we’ll support each other around grief, loss and transitions. And, of course, we’ll celebrate relationships and sexualities, in their kaleidoscope of forms. Anyone with an interest in writing and creative wellbeing can attend. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community, of all gender and sexual identities are heartily welcomed. This will be a safe and inclusive environment where gender, gender expression and all sexualities are respected and celebrated.
 


Creating A New Legacy - Poetry Therapy Workshop

Date: Wednesday 10th, 24th March and 7th, 14th April

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Where: Online

Cost: £22.15

Description: 

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others”. Pericles

Your legacy is being created every day. With every choice you make, you shape the world around you and add to the legacy that you’ll leave behind. By crafting a legacy that you’re proud of, you can enrich your own life and the lives of others – now and in the future.

We’ll use carefully selected poems as springboards for conversation and self-reflective writing. You’ll get the chance to deepen your understanding of yourself and explore the impression you are making on the world.

Together, we’ll define the legacy you wish to leave and create a bold new future.
Come along to all six workshops, or just join one or two. If you’re able to attend the full series then you’ll get the most from the experience, but you’re also welcome to sign up to individual sessions. Join me to start crafting your legacy.

Charmaine Pollard is an experienced poetry therapist, counsellor and life coach with a passion for leading therapeutic writing workshops to promote health and wellbeing.

Bookings via Eventbrite.

Wed 10 Mar 2021 - click here

Wed 24 Mar 2021 - click here

Wed 7 Apr 2021- click here

Wed 14 Apr 2021 - click here


Wellbeing Writing Workshop - Balance, Preservation & Change

Date: Monday 1st March

Time: Sunday: 11:00am to 12:15pm

Monday: 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Where: Online

Cost: £10

Description: 

Whether you're an amateur, seasoned writer, or somewhere in between - The Writing Club facilitates an hour long workshop where you can draw out your creativity, escape from the struggles of today's uncertainty and improve your mental well-being. This workshop will be exploring themes of Balance, Preservation & Change.

As we edge closer to brighter times, we reflect on what is or isn't working for us and move towards a renewed sense of self through short writing tasks that will allow you to go within and discover more about yourself.

Any questions or queries, send an email over to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Behind our Hidden Face: An Exploration of Social Masking - CPD Workshop

Date: Saturday 6th March

Time: 10am to 1:30pm.

Where: Online

Cost: £35 (£30 early bird) - Lapidus Members, £40 (£35 early bird) - non-member

Early bird available until February 3rd.

Description: 

Behind our Hidden Face: An Exploration of the Limitations and Liberties of Social Masking, a writing for wellbeing workshop.

The current obligation to wear a mask in many communal settings may be changing the way we interact socially.

In this one-day workshop, Andy Devonshire and Lucy Windridge examine personal and critical responses to masks and face coverings in the light of social, political and historical questions.

Using Creative Writing as a method of inquiry, Andy Devonshire and Lucy Windridge will be looking at the significance of wearing face coverings as well as providing insights into the nature of the psychological masks we wear. The aim is to dispel myths, promote inquiry and offer insights as to how we might come to understand ourselves, our current dilemmas and cultural divides.


Love and Gain

Date: Sunday 7th March

Time: 10am to 12pm.

Where: Online

Cost: £35

Description: 

Creative and therapeutic writing about love and loss gave me renewed insights into how this genre of writing provides healing. This supervision workshop will explore how we work with others in the light of our own experiences. As always discussion, writing , sharing. For practitioners in the healing professions looking for a supervision group using reflective writing to support their working lives.
 
Please see www.monicasuswin.com for more info and booking

Storied Selves, Writing for Wellbeing & Personal Development

Date: Wednesdays 10th March, 7th April, 5th May, 9th June 2021 

Time: Available at two time slots, 11:00AM-12:30PM or 19:00-20:30PM on each of the above dates; maximum of 10 places in total available per workshop

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £15 full price, £10 students/unwaged

Description: 

Open to all adults, these set of four themed workshops are offered for those wishing to explore creative and enjoyable ways of enhancing their self-expression, reflection and wellbeing through writing. The focus in this group is on the process of writing, and less so on the final ‘product,’ in refreshing contrast to so much of our working lives focussed on outcomes and productivity. In this way, Writing for Wellbeing differs from Creative Writing groups, where the writing produced/in-progress, is the focus of peer feedback.

Instead, these workshops provide a supportive, confidential space to try out a range of enjoyable writing activities, using a blend of creative, expressive and reflective writing approaches, including poetry, fiction, quotes, images and other mixed media, as ‘writing prompts’; participants are then invited to share their writing, but are not obligated to so, and are certainly and not coerced to share anything unless they feel comfortable to do so.

No formal experience is needed, just a willingness to give writing a go!

As well as being a published poet and short fiction writer, and trained Writing for Wellbeing Facilitator (MA Creative Writing & Personal Development, Sussex University 2005), Storied Selves facilitator Dr Roshni Beeharry, is a former Consultant-level NHS doctor with over 25 years of experience of caring for people, teaching, supporting and mentoring others, in her capacity as doctor and highly experienced medical educator.Roshni is also open to commissions for design and facilitation of workshops for teams and organisations including the NHS and Higher Education settings, and in healthcare and social care with patients/service users-please do not hesitate to contact her via the Storied Selves website to discuss further. 


Writing for Wellbeing for those in Healthcare related fields (including clinicians, academics and students)

Date: Saturday 27th March, Saturday 24th April, Saturday 22nd May, SUNDAY 27th June 2021

Time: 11:00-12:30PM or 15:30-17:00PM on each of the above dates; maximum 10 places in total available per workshop

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £15 full price, £10 students/unwaged

Description: 

Open to those in all healthcare fields including clinicians, academics and students and trainees, these set of four themed workshops are offered for those wishing to explore creative and enjoyable ways of enhancing their self-expression, reflection and wellbeing through writing. The focus in this group, is on the process of writing, and less so on the final ‘product,’ in refreshing and liberating contrast to so much of our professional lives focussed on outcomes and productivity. I believe that this type of writing can provide an enjoyable adjunct to the mandatory reflective writing portfolios at work e.g E Portfolio systems.

Instead, these workshops provide a supportive, confidential space to try out a range of enjoyable writing activities, using a blend of creative, expressive and reflective writing approaches, including poetry, fiction, quotes, images and other mixed media, as ‘writing prompts’; participants are then invited to share their writing, but are not obligated to so, and are certainly and not coerced to share anything unless they feel comfortable to do so.

No formal experience is needed, just a willingness to give writing a go!

As well as being a published poet and short fiction writer, and trained Writing for Wellbeing Facilitator (MA Creative Writing & Personal Development, Sussex University 2005), Storied Selves facilitator Dr Roshni Beeharry, is a former Consultant-level NHS doctor with over 25 years of experience of caring for people, teaching, supporting and mentoring others, in her capacity as doctor and highly experienced medical educator.

Dr Beeharry is also open to commissions for design and facilitation of workshops for teams and organisations including the NHS and Higher Education settings, and in healthcare and social care with patients/service users-please do not hesitate to contact her via the Storied Selves website to discuss further. 


And so we write - In Your Own Words

Date: 6 weekly Zoom sessions, Tuesdays, 30th March - 4th May 2021

Time: 12.30pm - 2pm (UK time) (1.5 hours)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £90 (3 Early Bird places available at £80 - book by 10th March) Small group (maximum 8) 

Description: 

Approach life issues from new perspectives.  Clarify thoughts, feelings and ideas. 

Refresh and explore your creativity in a supportive environment.

For practitioners in creative and therapeutic fields and  

anyone seeking to support their own personal wellbeing. 

 

Feedback:

‘It’s helped me to gain confidence and realise what’s important to me in life.  

‘Friendly and creative atmosphere…I thought these sessions were very beneficial.’ 

‘Wholeheartedly recommend your course…’ 

‘I liked Terri’s guidelines, clear organisation…I liked discovering creative ways to write and enjoy writing, finding freshness.’ 

Booking/contact details:    Contact Terri at:

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or through FB messenger:

https://www.facebook.com/sowewrite 

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