Healing words is a series of workshops that I am facilitating looking at the therapeutic worth of creative writing. It is for health professionals who want to bring creative writing into their practice and for writers wanting to work in therapeutic environments.
The next workshops are:
Saturday, 23rd November 2013, Healing Words (5): Working with resistances. What stops us from writing and how resistances can be tools for insight and understanding.
Saturday, 18th January 2014, Healing Words (6): Therapeutic creative writing in different contexts, theory and practice.
Saturday, 29th March, 2014, Healing Words (1): Finding the story, using fairy tales to explore our own and other’s stories.
Saturday, 31st May 2014, Healing Words (2): Embodied writing, exploring how creative writing can encourage working more holistically.
Saturday, 19th July 2014, Healing Words (3): The wonder of metaphor in therapeutic creative writing.
Saturday, 20st September 2014, Healing Words (4): Poetry and therapeutic creative writing.
Saturday, 22nd November 2014, Healing Words (5): Working with resistances. What stops us from writing and how resistances can be tools for insight and understanding.
Saturday, 7th February 2015, Healing Words (6): Therapeutic creative writing in different contexts, theory and practice.
All workshops are held in Scarborough and receive Continuing Professional Development hours from Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute. You can come on individual workshops or sign up for the series. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deciding to explore and nourish my creativity in a different way, I attended a print and book making workshop at Crescent Arts (http://www.crescentarts.co.uk) this weekend.
Led by Jade Montserrat, the two days were leisurely, relaxed and inspiring. We created plates using all sorts of ephemera and carborundum to add text, with some very pleasing effects. Being completely inexperienced, I had no idea how what I had done would come out in print, so the ‘reveal’ when I lifted my plate from the paper after it had gone through the press was exciting.
Plate made from ephemera & text written free hand in mirror writing. And (right) resulting print.
I had imagined being able to print up my poems in this way, but, of course, this method is not suited to that. I do, however, think that I might be able use it to create decorative pages to interleaf with poems.
In any case, I believe it is always refreshing to try a different creative activity, which will certainly spark something new in my chosen form.
I’ve just returned from the Lapidus AGM/conference (5th-6th October, Bristol). What an excellent event. Lapidus (www.lapidus.org.uk) gathers together people – health professionals and writers (and those of us who wear both hats) – interested in the literary arts (writing and reading) for good health and personal development.
There was plenty of time for networking, discussion and the exchanging of ideas. On the Saturday we were entertained by performance poet Matt Harvey: ‘Down-hearted of Suffolk seeks Norfolk broad./Lady with life-raft sought by man overboard.’
On Sunday we were enthralled by the gentle wisdom of Ted Bowman (www.bowmanted.com). He gave us some resources for our journey, including Given Poems by Wendell Berry: ‘…And then/we must call all things by name/out of the silence again to be with us…’
In response I wrote: Sometimes I am beyond words. In reply to the question, ‘How are you?’ I say, ‘Fine.’ I leave the naming, the true naming, to another time, another person. Sometimes I am beyond words, is that OK for a writer? For someone indulging in talking therapies? Sometimes words, names, just don’t nail it, however hard we try.
‘Not everything that is faced can be changed,
but nothing can be changed until is faced.’ James Baldwin.