Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes is a branch of creative writing that also includes writing for wellbeing and expressive or reflective writing. It can be a hugely enriching and rewarding way towards greater self-discovery and self-expression, to boost your resilience and confidence, and to gain insight and perspective through a range of creative exercises in a safe, inclusive, supportive and respectful environment.
You don't need any previous writing experience - whatever you choose to write, is the right thing for you - just a willingness to experiment, reflect and play with words. We use a diverse range of creative exercises, writings, images and objects to encourage and support your explorations.
Our sessions - lasting from an hour to a day - are delivered in the English language but you're welcome to write in any language or accent you choose. Our focus is on the process and content of creative writing for therapeutic purposes - not on the rules of spelling and grammar, or on assessments about writing 'quality' so please give yourself permission to turn down the volume on those critical voices that might still haunt you from your school days or from family, friends or colleagues.
Hundreds of studies over the past 30 years have shown the benefits of this kind of creative writing. It's also becoming increasingly recognised as an important part of a wide range of 'social prescribing' activities - arts,cultural and community-based activities to boost mental and physical health. Many doctors and other health care professionals are prescribing such activities as an alternative or supplement to medication or talking therapies. Read more about a recent UK government initiative to encourage social prescribing.