Write to Heal

Thursday 21st September 2017 - Thursday 19th October 2017, 18:30-20:30


This is a step-by-step course for those who want to benefit from the healing properties of expressive writing. It runs for five weeks, from Thursday 21st September – Thursday 19th October 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

When we’re getting over a profound loss in our lives, or struggling to keep our head above water due to illness or an unexpected event, the very foundations of our lives can be shaken.

We can become super-sensitive, almost as if we have lost a vital layer of our skin. Sometimes we retreat somewhere where people find it difficult to reach us. When we shut the world out in this way, we can feel alone and misunderstood, and it may be difficult to function properly.

In order to move on and to begin to heal, we need to be able to express our painful emotions. Writing is an ideal way of doing this.

Expressive writing has been proven to:

  • Increase your happiness
  • Boost your immune system
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Enhance your ability to interact with others
  • Stabilize your moods
  • Improve how you function in your day-to-day life
  • Increase your ability to think about complex tasks

On this course, your work will remain private (unless you particularly wish to share it). The tutor will go out of her way to to create a safe environment in which you will be able to:

  • Let go of any fears you may have about writing as a way of moving on from pain or unhappiness.
  • Learn how to make sure the expressive writing you undertake remains safe and useful to you.
  • Become reassured about the writing process so that you feel relaxed and fully-equipped when you sit down to write.
  • Follow clear guidelines to complete beneficial writing exercises.
  • Openly acknowledge your emotions by a process of organised self-reflection.
  • Find your voice so that you can truly express who you are and feel validated.
  • Usefully analyze what you write.
  • Put your writing to further creative use to gain even more insight.
  • Have the opportunity (not compulsory) to interact with other course members and to take part in live workshop sessions with the tutor.
  • Start to think about a positive future use of the writing skills you have developed.

Who should take this course:

  • Those who have made a decision that they no longer want negative emotions or memories to rule their lives.
  • Those able to allocate time for expressive writing – a minimum of two hours a week, which can be spread over several days.
  • Those willing to accept that some of the writing could be painful, and that in order to benefit from the process, they may feel temporarily sad following a writing session.
  • Those able to accept that there is no right way to write expressively – there is only what is right and most beneficial in order for you to heal. Correct grammar and spelling are not important with expressive writing.

How to book

To enrol and for further information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/write-to-heal-tickets-36140174234

About Margaret Johnson

Margaret K JohnsonMargaret is the founder of WriteUP Creative Writing Courses and a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction.She has helped many students to express themselves therapeutically through my courses, and is a member of both Lapidus, the Writing For Wellbeing Organisation and Writers in Education. Boosting students’ confidence about their right to express themselves through writing is an important role of all Margaret’s classes.

While constructing this course, she has carried out extensive research into expressive writing and writing therapy, studying the techniques of writing for wellbeing experts such as Professor James W. Pennebaker and Gillie Bolton.