The magic of therapeutic writing is often experienced sitting around a table in an intimate group setting. There is enormous power in writing together and having our words witnessed by others in a safe space, held by a skilful facilitator.
When Victoria Field and I embarked on the challenge of carrying some of that alchemy into a virtual learning environment with the launch of our online Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing course, we approached the task with excitement, but also some uncertainty. Would it be possible to provide a safe, supportive environment for participants to learn, share and develop?
The aim of this Creative Writing course is to provide an opportunity to put pen to paper and to do so in classes which are inclusive, enjoyable and stimulating. These initial courses will encourage and facilitate writers, of whatever ability, to explore their own potential. In responding to workshop prompts they will call on their own knowledge, life experiences, memories and imagination to write. The course will use stimuli such as nature, art and photography, life and personal observation, and poetry. Groups will be small and will foster a friendly and supportive atmosphere. A two-hour workshop each week will encourage the momentum of writing and the ability to hear and provide peer feedback. If you’ve always wanted to write, come along and have a scribble!
Courses will run from late September in the following venues:
Abergavenny Hub – Monday evenings between 6 pm and 8 pm
Caldicot Hub – Wednesday evenings between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm
Chepstow Hub – Saturday mornings between 10.30 pm and 12.30 pm
Monmouth Hub – Monday afternoons between 7 pm and 3 pm
...at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co. Durham, November 17th 2018, 09:45 – 16:30
Thanks to funding through the Lapidus International Regional Groups Fund 2018, we were able to deliver two 90-minute workshops led by writer and community educator Helen Boden at this year’s Moving Minds at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow on Saturday 26th May 2018.
Lapidus International has just launched LIRIC, our research arm. The Lapidus International Research and Innovation Community became a real presence for our words-for-wellbeing not-for-profit company at the research symposium event at the end of July at Storyhouse in Chester.
“In the course of a walk, we usually find out something about our
companion, and this is true even when we travel alone.”
-Thomas A. Clark (from In Praise of Walking)
October 27th 2018 10.00 – 16.45
Facilitated by North East poet and educator Natalie Scott, Seasonal Space to Write brings writers together, regardless of age, ability or discipline and where their interest may be in poetry or prose, report writing or simply recording daily events and experience.
The authors of a new book - The Accidental Memoir - have shared this article this us on the importance of writing memoirs and the benefits it can bring.
'It's good to remember your heyday, even the bad memories. To think I lived through that and survived.'
What a treat to walk through the doors of Conway Hall on June 9 2018 with the day stretching ahead of me. Four workshops exploring play, memory, childhood and life’s contrasts. One whole day of words for wellbeing.
Grimm & Co is Yorkshire’s only Apothecary to the Magical. It’s an exciting project with a shop-front premises in Rotherham, offering creative writing workshops for children and young people. The first time I visited, as a potential volunteer, I was given the same experience as each new participant gets: the secret doors opened and I was ushered through into the writers’ space. I tell you, it’s magical.
Lapidus International are looking for a new Treasurer to join the board. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who would like to play a part in the day-to-day decisions of Lapidus International, and to contribute to decisions about the company's future.