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Apr 6
10:00 - 16:00
Writing for self-care
short courses

Study Day: 6 April 2019 

Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00

Course code: 18TON373

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Limited places are available due to a smaller class size

This workshop day is largely based on the acclaimed Journal to the Self© created by Kathleen Adams, one of the world leaders in expressive writing. 

Although this day is designed particularly to support self-care, ideas for adapting the exercises for situations as varied as gaining confidence in workplace writing, exploring personal challenges, or reigniting creativity will be given.Self-care is increasingly acknowledged as vital for both our mental and physical wellbeing, even (perhaps particularly) during those times when we feel too busy and stressed. 

This workshop is designed to support self-care, creativity and life management skills through exploring different techniques in our journals. Journal writing is not the same as writing a diary - previous students have used the techniques for situations as varied as gaining fluency and confidence in workplace writing, exploring personal challenges, starting an autobiography, reigniting a creative spark, or just helping to manage their lives.

A variety of practical exercises as well as new poetry and readings will be provided. Each one will come with a full explanation, examples and a tutor-led exercise in class.It is suitable for all standards of writing. Participants will not have to share their work in the group unless they would like to.

Comments from previous participants in Sarah's courses

"I have really enjoyed this, and I would really love to continue and do more. It has been exceptionally good for me personally."

"Exceeded expectations. Packed in so much without feeling hurried or harried! Valuable sharing in the group. Profound, allowed for new insights."

"I have come away feeling better in general (well-being) and well-disposed to writing as a mechanism for achieving this – so I'd say it works: does what it says on the tin."

Suggested reading

Journal to the Self©, Twenty Two Paths to Personal Growth, Kathleen Adams

About the tutor

Sarah Salway is an award-winning short story writer, novelist and poet. Her stories have been widely published, commissioned by BBC Radio Four, and made into short films. She was the Canterbury Laureate in 2012. Sarah was the Royal Literary Fellow (RLF) at the London School of Economics for three years, is currently a RLF at the University of Kent and is an experienced creative writing tutor. 

Find out more about Sarah on her website


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