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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 UK time unless otherwise specified)

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Melancholy Owl Writing for Wellbeing Sessions - where hungry ghosts meet literary ghosts

Date: Ongoing weekly sessions starting September 2021

Time: For a timetable with exact dates and times of sessions please contact Lizzy Barmak (details below.)

Where: Muswell Hill Methodist Church 28 Pages Lane London N10 1PP

Cost: £12 per session - cash on the day or £88 for 8 sessions paid in advance - bank transfer. 

Description:

Reading brings you into communication with ghosts; characters from a long-gone era reveal themselves and their life stories through the words on the page. Writing gives expression to our own ghosts: regrets, longings, memories, dreams, shadows… as well as creating characters who will become ghosts to those who chance to read your work in the future.

My Writing for Wellbeing sessions bring creative writing and biblio/poetry therapy together to help participants gain insight into their inner world, explore their existence and find comfort in shared experience. I use emotive stimuli including music, aromas, images,  and imaginative prompts and exercises to encourage expressive and reflective PEN AND PAPER writing in a variety of forms, e.g. poems, vignettes and letters. The sessions always begin with a mini meditation and finish with the reading of a poem for quiet contemplation and/or to open up a dialogue about our responses to the words.

No experience of creativewriting needed and remember, we needn’t be certain of a poem’s meaning to engage and be stirred by it.

Contact details: If you have any questions or would like to pay for 8 sessions at a time in advance, please email Lizzy Barmak: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Authority – Supervision Workshop with Monica Suswin, practitioner in the healing arts

Date: November 7th

Time: 10am to 12pm

Where: Online

Cost: £35

Description:

This month’s theme focuses on how we own our personal authority in the work we do with others.
These supervision workshops provide enriching conversation, experiential and exploratory writing and help to clarify your work as a practitioner.  


Supervision workshop information and booking: www.monicasuswin.com  
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Writing the City: spark new ideas and nourish your creativity with this 4-week writing for wellbeing course

Date: Monday 8, 15, 22 and 29 November.

Time: 7-8pm

Where: Online

Cost: £40

Description:

Reclaim time and headspace to focus on your creative practice with this course led by Clare Barry from Urban Curiosity. We’ll reflect on our relationship to the world around us and how to reconnect to the wisdom within us. No writing experience necessary and no reading aloud required.  It's simply a gentle opportunity to clarify your thoughts and feelings as we move towards the end of 2021.

Register: https://urbancuriosity.co.uk/writing-the-city

Contact Clare: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poetry of the Present Moment: Writing for Well-being

Date and time: Wednesday, November 10th: 11am -12.30pm , Wednesday, November 24th: 6pm - 7.30pm

Where:Online (Zoom)
Cost: £13.52 per session

Description:
With Poetry as our touchstone, we'll explore writing as a way to create a greater appreciation of the Present Moment.  The sessions will be facilitated by Karen O'Brien, a writer, therapeutic writing facilitator and counsellor : " One of my inspirations for these workshops is the Native American poet, Joy Harjo, who said, 'When I began to listen to poetry, it's when I began to listen to the stones...to what the clouds had to say, and I began to listen to others ...then you begin to learn to listen to the soul...'    You don't need any previous writing experience to join the sessions, just a willingness to connect, exploire, write and reflect in a supportive, inclusive group. 


Bookings: Via Eventbrite November 10 and November 24
Contact:   Karen O'Brien   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Let this Poem be a hand upon your shoulder

Date:  12 + 26 Nov 2021 + 10 Dec 2021

Time:  11:00am - 12:30pm

Where: Online (Zoom)

Cost: £15 plus booking fee

Description:

In times of crisis and uncertainty, poetry can bring comfort and healing. Let this poem be a hand upon your shoulder consists of a series of workshops that can help you build your resilience as you connect with others in these challenging times.

The theme for the workshops was inspired by a poem written by Deborah Cooper. We will use carefully selected poems as a springboard for writing, reflection, and dialogue. The workshops are for anyone who wants additional resources, in these unsettling times. It is for those who enjoy creativity, journaling, writing for personal or professional development.

No prior knowledge of poetry or expressive writing is required; you simply need to be willing to share, reflect and experiment with words in a supportive environment.

With Charmaine Pollard.


Bookings via Eventbrite                     

Fri 12 Nov 2021
Fri 26 Nov 2021
Fri 10 Dec 2021


The Wheel of Nature Writing Workshop

Date: Recommences Thurs 16 Sept 2021, then weekly

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Where: Online

Cost: Pay as you feel £10 to £15

Description:

The Wheel of Nature Writing Workshop takes place online every Thursday 1pm-3pm UK time recommencing Thurs 16 Sept 2021. In this workshop we explore the Wheel of Nature using creative writing and other nature-based and healing practices. Building a stronger relationship with natural cycles and elements, we create poetry, prose, journalling and/or life story, deepening connection with ourselves and nature, and developing a nurturing and enriching writing practice. A weekly drop-in workshop with no commitment, first session free. With experienced writer, medicine-walker and facilitator Emma Decent.

For more information and to book please see https://emmadecent.co.uk/wheel-of-nature/ and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Poetry of Food: Reading and Writing Workshop for Wellbeing – London Literary Salon

Date: 10th, 17th, 24th November, 1st December

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Where: Online

Cost: £63 (discounted for Lapidus members)

Description:

“How easily happiness begins by / dicing onions.” (From “Onions” by William Matthews, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/37525/onions)

November features food— from planting to harvest, we will we will feast on a smorgasbord of poems and writing exercises.  It’s all about sustenance, gratitude, and the deliciousness of metaphor.  You’ll get a taste of creative, expressive, and reflective writing approaches from flow writing to poetry making. In this supportive, confidential space, you will have the opportunity to share your writing, though you are never obligated to do so, as well as reflect on others’ writing. No formal experience or preparation is needed, just a willingness to give writing a taste! Simply bring an appetite to share, reflect and experiment with words (and paper and pen).

Register through London Literary Salon: http://www.litsalon.co.uk/creative-writing-studies/

About the Facilitator: Alison Cable (BA, MA English Literature) was a university lecturer in the US before moving to London.  Alison has volunteered as a primary school librarian, written a novel for young adults, and regularly attends and facilitates salons at the London Literary Salon.  She volunteers as a group leader for The Reader Organisation.


Writing for Wellbeing for those in the Caring Professions

Date: 13th November, 11th December 2021, 15th January 2022 and 12th February 2022

Time:  11:00-13:00PM maximum 8 places in total available per workshop (the group will only run with a minimum of 2 participants; if you are the only person books, you will be offered the option of a refund of Storied Selves fees (less eventbrite booking fees which are not refundable) OR a 1:1 session of 90 minutes on the same day of the workshop, for the fee you have paid for the group workshop. Full details on FAQ of website).

Where: Online (Zoom)

Cost: £35 full price, £25 undergraduate students/unwaged

Description:

Open to all who work with people in a therapeutic capacity professionally, including in all sectors of healthcare, social care, therapy counselling and voluntary sectors, those who are training in the caring professions, and all those who are involved in teaching and training them (including clinicians, academics and students at all levels).

The themes of this set of four workshops, are designed to allow you to explore creative and enjoyable ways of exploring and enhancing your wellbeing through creative self-expression, and reflection, through writing and group discussion. The focus in this type of writing (also known as therapeutic writing), is on the process of writing, more so than  on the final ‘product,’ in refreshing and liberating contrast to so much of our professional lives, which are often focussed on outcomes and productivity.I believe that this type of writing can provide an enjoyable adjunct to the mandatory reflective writing portfolios many of us are obliged to maintain at work.

My workshops provide a supportive,nurturing and confidential space, to engage in 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- extracts of their writing and/or reflections on the writing process and/or theme of the workshop, but are not obligated to so, and are certainly and not coerced to share anything unless they feel comfortable to do so.

No formal creative or other writing experience is needed, just a willingness to give writing a go!
 
Find out more: http://storiedselves.com/ 
 

Finding the Words

Date: Wednesday 3rd November - 8th December

Time:  2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Online

Cost: Free course if you receive income-related benefit or earn less than £21,000 pa (full fee £38.40)

Description:

A writing for wellbeing course you can participate in from home. Assist personal development. Nourish creative exploration and communication. Discuss techniques that bring writing alive. Convey experience accurately and vividly. Weekly Zoom sessions. You will have the opportunity to write in response to 'invitations', to share your work and to hear that of other people in a safe, friendly, non-judgemental environment.

Find out more: https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2020/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C2422927


From Feldenkrais to Improvised Movement and Writing (online and face to face)

Date: 6th November

Time:  9am - 1pm

Where: The Artworks London Bridge, 60A Weston St, SE1 3QP / Online via Zoom

Cost: £30, with concessions available

Description:

This workshop will be informed by the Feldenkrais Method and other movement-based practise as a springboard to your own creative movement and improvised writing.
 
We will explore ways to enliven your body and imagination and how images and changes in our state can be taken into embodied creative practice.
 
This workshop will be of interest to those working with the arts, movement, performance or for anyone interested in personal development through embodied and creative expression.
 
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Read Write Express – Writing for Wellbeing and self-awareness

Date: Saturday 20th November

Time: 9:45am to 12:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £27.50

Description: 

Boundaries - coming back to myself
Through reading, reflection, free-writing and sharing, we will contemplate the nature of our energetic boundaries, how we are affected by other people's moods and how much of ourselves we gift away. For this workshop you will need a notebook and pen.  To book, click here.


Exploring grief and loss through narrative and writing: a tender conversation about the ones we grieve.

Date: Saturday 20th November, Saturday, 18th of December 

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £12

Description: 

20th November session, book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/loss-exploring-grief-through-narrative-and-writing-tickets-204804885927

18th December session, book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/copy-of-loss-exploring-grief-through-narrative-and-writing-tickets-205226165987


Poetry in Motion:  Inspire your creativity through movement and writing 

Date: November 27th 
Time: 10.30-12.30 
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: £15 (plus booking fee) 
Description: Booking on eventbrite :

 


Read Write Express – Writing for Wellbeing and self-awareness

Date: Saturday 11th December

Time: 9:45am to 12:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £27.50

Description: 

Tuning into myself


Through reading, reflection, free-writing and sharing, we will contemplate the nature of our energetic boundaries, how we are affected by other people's moods and how much of ourselves we gift away. For this workshop you will need a notebook and pen.  To book, click here.

 

Winter Solstice: Twinkles in the coal pile

Date: Tuesday 21st December

Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Online

Cost: £20/ US $28

Description:

Back by popular demand. Grab a blanket and soothing warm drink, and join me on Winter Solstice. Understand where you are in winter and how you feel about the season. Find meaning with winter poetry. Harness winter and tap into the still and wild beauty of the season, embracing the darkness and slowing down. Cultivating acceptance, creating aspirations, hopes, and gentle goals to see you through the rest of the season.

Held via Zoom. To book email me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Focus - Supervision Workshop with Monica Suswin, practitioner in the healing arts

Date: December 5th

Time: 10am to 12pm

Where: Online

Cost: £35

Description:

The theme for this workshop will be about keeping focus in our work with others.
These supervision workshops provide enriching conversation, experiential and exploratory writing and help to clarify your work as a practitioner. 


Supervision workshop information and booking: www.monicasuswin.com  
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

After the Clock Strikes: Using poetry to find New Year Gifts

Date: Sunday 2nd January 2022

Time:  3pm to 5pm

Where: Online

Cost: £20/ US $28

Description:

Another workshop back by popular demand. Reflecting and Rebirthing: Examining the highs and lows of 2021, ways we’ve grown or adapted, things we’ve learnt. Looking at poems of re-birth, reflection, change, courage and bravery. Participants will create, not New Year’s resolutions, but sankalpas (a more positive and yogic approach to goal-setting) by using prompts from poems. Exploring what we will do with our “one wild and precious life” in 2022. Learn journaling approaches and exercises designed to support the start of your year.
 
Held via Zoom. To book email me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Hero’s Journey, an 8-week Writing for Wellbeing Workshop

Date: Sunday 2nd January 2022

Time: 5:00 to 7:00pm

Part 1: 19, 26 January and 2, 9 February

Part 2: 16, 23 February, 2, 9 March

Where: Online

Cost: £63 for 4 sessions; £120 for 8 sessions (discounted for Lapidus members)

Description:

One day you finally knew

What you had to do, and began

                  --Mary Oliver

Come along on an adventure and deepen your writing practice in these two 4-week Writing for Wellbeing workshops.  
Using literature as our inspiration, and the hero’s quest as our map, we will engage imaginatively with archetypal narratives and characters to reconsider our own stories—as a route to self-discovery.

In this supportive, confidential space, you will have the opportunity to share your writing, though you are never obligated to do so, as well as reflect on others’ writing.

No formal experience or preparation is needed, just a willingness to give writing a go! Simply bring a desire to share, reflect and experiment with words (and paper and pen).

Register through London Literary Salon: http://www.litsalon.co.uk/creative-writing-studies/

About the Facilitator: Alison Cable (BA, MA English Literature) was a university lecturer in the US before moving to London.  Alison has volunteered as a primary school librarian, written a novel for young adults, and regularly attends and facilitates salons at the London Literary Salon.  She volunteers as a group leader for The Reader Organisation.


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