I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn
— Anne Frank
Writing for wellbeing is a form of the expressive arts that helps us give voice to our thoughts and emotions through words and creative writing. According to research conducted by social psychologist James Pennebaker, expressive writing can have positive health effects on physical and mental wellbeing. Used carefully, it can help with our personal growth and development as well as emotional healing.
I have facilitated writing for wellbeing sessions online through The Write Space, created to help others find solace in writing, reading or listening to the spoken word. I am a member of Lapidus International, the words for wellbeing organisation.
I have also supported creative learning programmes in schools and community spaces as a Creative Leader with the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, including the Write Journeys expressive writing workshops at The Matthew Project.