Dates: 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2018
Mondays: 13.00 – 15.00
Course code: 18TON360
Based on up to date research and developments in using a journal for writing and wellbeing, this course will help to support personal growth, creativity and life management skills through different journal writing techniques. It will use new or updated exercises from the University of Kent’s previous Writing for Wellbeing courses, so is suitable for both new and returning students. Previous students have used it for situations as varied as gaining confidence in workplace writing, exploring personal challenges, or reigniting creativity or just helping to manage their lives.
Sarah Salway, the tutor, is experienced in working with many different groups and individuals to use journal writing for personal development. The author of six books, including novels and poetry, she writes a daily journal to support her own creativity and wellbeing. She has designed this course for those wishing to explore personal growth, creativity and life management skills. Each week there will be several different journal writing techniques to discover to help gain insights and to keep your pen moving.
Techniques will include: character studies, letters, expressive writing, lists, visualisations, stepping stones and springboards. 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 read their work out in the group unless they would like to.
Comments from previous participants
“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.”
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 www.sarahsalway.co.uk