Workshops

ONE-OFF WORKSHOPS

L Napran photo_0017Online workshops and In-Person in North-east England. I’m also available for Online 1-to-1 sessions and for Corporate sessions anytime.

Enjoy some time with like-minded and friendly people who love to write in a welcoming atmosphere. You never have to read aloud anything you have written. See below for upcoming workshops. More  workshops are always being arranged, so watch this space for new postings. You can also follow us on Twitter @write4wellbeing or on Facebook to see notices of workshops.

SCHOOLS – I also do workshops specially designed for schools, as a unique approach to helping students use their own creativity to express ideas and emotions, become more self-aware, and engender self-confidence. We may use storytelling, writing prompts such as objects and photographs, and visualization to help words and ideas flow. The activities are fun and easy to do, and are all oriented to encouraging students to try new perspectives and increased mindfulness. Students will gain confidence in their own writing ability, as whatever they write in Writing for Wellbeing is the right thing for them. They can feel comfortable in expressing themselves, as they never have to read aloud what they have written. Writing provides a safe and imaginative way for students to articulate their emotions, think about their lives in a new way, and have some fun in the process.

 

UPCOMING WRITING FOR WELLBEING WORKSHOPS

If you’d like to be on my email newsletter list to receive news of upcoming workshops, just email Laura on contact@writingforwellbeing.co.uk

 

SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER100_3117
10am to 4pm
WRITING NEW BEGINNINGS

IN PERSON at
Dilston Physic Garden
Corbridge (near Hexham)
Northumberland      NE45 5QZ
Only £60 (hot drinks and biscuits included)

To book a place
email Laura at contact@writingforwellbeing.co.uk
or message me on my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/WritingforWellbeingUK

While we often think of the autumn as a time when things are beginning to go dormant, this is really the ideal time to raise our mood and spirit by thinking about opening up and developing. The days may gradually be becoming shorter, but we can use our creative minds and imagination to find light within ourselves. Please join us for a special workshop when we’ll do some gentle writing activities to focus on growth, expansion, and new beginnings.

And what better place than magical Dilston Physic Garden to find our creative nature through some gentle mindful writing? As Writer in Wellbeing in Residence at the Garden and having led workshops here for 7 years, I know how these beautiful surroundings and atmosphere nurture words, ideas, creativity, and calm — as well as friendly and insightful discussion with like-minded and friendly people. Though you never have to read aloud anything you’ve written! All writing levels welcome, anyone can do it.

Please note that we are planning with the hopeful anticipation that we will be able to run this workshop with a normal capacity of 13 people (rather than as a Covid-secure workshop with limited capacity, as in the previous two years). This will mean, of course, that we will be sitting next to each other in the normal way around the tables, rather than socially distanced. During the times when we are writing, you are welcome to sit out in the garden to write (weather permitting) — but we will gather together again in the Herbology House for discussions as part of each activity. (Of course, be assured that if circumstances change and it is necessary for everyone’s safety to revert to Covid-secure limited attendance, we will do so.)

 

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBERunlimited potential
10am to 12pm
STILLNESS AND POTENTIAL
ONLINE on Zoom

Only £20
Numbers are limited to 10 people, so please let me know soon if you’d like to come.

To book a place
email Laura at contact@writingforwellbeing.co.uk
or message me on my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/WritingforWellbeingUK

***This is the same programme as the workshop of the same name on 18 September***

As the autumn equinox approaches, we are coming to the balancing of light and dark, a steady point of possibilities. Join us for some gentle writing activities where we’ll search for a bit of stillness and calm, and explore how stillness can give rise to new potential in our lives – whether we’re looking for new development or simply to grow more into being ourselves. Writing for Wellbeing workshops are also about connecting with other like-minded people for some shared writing experience and chat. We are so fortunate that the miracle of online workshops allows us to engage with people from all over the UK, and indeed, often all over the world!

Anyone can do it, and you never have to read anything you’ve written aloud. All writing levels are welcome, you don’t even need any writing experience at all. There will be a 10-minute break at the halfway point. We’ll be meeting online on Zoom, which is really easy to use. After booking, you will receive a Zoom link by email about a week before the workshop. Just click on that and welcome to our session!

Participants are welcome from anywhere in the world, although instructions and discussions will be conducted in English. Please note that workshop time is UTC. This is a handy online time zone converter (just type in London as first time zone and both the time and date of the workshop, then add your own location to see the equivalent time where you are) –  https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

 

SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBERunlimited potential
2pm to 4pm
STILLNESS AND POTENTIAL
ONLINE on Zoom

Only £20
Numbers are limited to 10 people, so please let me know soon if you’d like to come.

To book a place
email Laura at contact@writingforwellbeing.co.uk
or message me on my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/WritingforWellbeingUK

***FULLY BOOKED – – There are still spaces available in the repeat of this workshop on Saturday 17 September (see post just above this one)***

As the autumn equinox approaches, we are coming to the balancing of light and dark, a steady point of possibilities. Join us for some gentle writing activities where we’ll search for a bit of stillness and calm, and explore how stillness can give rise to new potential in our lives – whether we’re looking for new development or simply to grow more into being ourselves. Writing for Wellbeing workshops are also about connecting with other like-minded people for some shared writing experience and chat. We are so fortunate that the miracle of online workshops allows us to engage with people from all over the UK, and indeed, often all over the world!

Anyone can do it, and you never have to read anything you’ve written aloud. All writing levels are welcome, you don’t even need any writing experience at all. There will be a 10-minute break at the halfway point. We’ll be meeting online on Zoom, which is really easy to use. After booking, you will receive a Zoom link by email about a week before the workshop. Just click on that and welcome to our session!

Participants are welcome from anywhere in the world, although instructions and discussions will be conducted in English. Please note that workshop time is UTC. This is a handy online time zone converter (just type in London as first time zone and both the time and date of the workshop, then add your own location to see the equivalent time where you are) –  https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

 

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27 June 2021
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17 April 2021
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21 March 2021
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21 February 2021
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20 February 2021
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30 January 2021
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23 January 2021
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15 December 2020
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11 October 2020
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22 September 2020
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12 September 2020
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5 September 2020
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15 March 2020
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21 Sept 2019
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7 Sept 2019
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9 June 2019
Journalling for Personal Development
Dilston Physic Garden

11 May 2019
Journalling for Personal Development
Dilston Physic Garden

10 March 2019
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3 Feb 2019
Poetry for Healing
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30 Sept 2018
Journalling for Personal Growth
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16 Sept 2018
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
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8 Sept 2018
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July 2018
Sound Writing
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24 June 2018
Mindfulness and Calm
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19 May 2018
Creative Mindfulness
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12 May 2018
Poetry for Healing
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25 March 2018
Change and Growth
Thought Foundation, Birtley

11 March 2018
Opening Up to Kindness
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3 November 2017
Creative Mindfulness
York Yoga Studio

1 November 2017
Stress Awareness Day
Newcastle College

23 September 2017
Mindfulness and Calm
TCR The Hub, Barnard Castle

9 September 2017
Poetry for Healing
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17 June 2017
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
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2 June 2017
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20 May 2017
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
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6 May 2017
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
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8 April 2017
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1 April 2017
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5 March 2017
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25 February 2017
Mindfulness and Calm
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7 February 2017
Change and Growth
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5 February 2017
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27 November 2016
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5 November 2016
Poetry for Healing
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29 October 2016
Change and Growth
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21 October 2016
Truth and Authenticity
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10 September 2016
Change and Growth
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19 June 2016
Poetry for Healing
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17 June 2016
Positive Attitudes towards Change & Growth
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4 June 2016
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
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21 May 2016
Balance and Perspective
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30 April 2016
Mindfulness and Calm
Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow

23 April 2016
Mindfulness and Calm
Pure Yoga Cheshire, Macclesfield

17 April 2016
Finding Mindfulness and Perspective
Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley

20 March 2016
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
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12 March 2016
Mindfulness and Calm
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8 March 2016
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20 February 2016
Mindfulness and Calm
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6 December 2015
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29 November 2015
Change and Growth
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22 October 2015
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18 October 2015
Balance and Perspective
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19 September 2015
Mindfulness and Calm
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13 September 2015
Balance and Perspective
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2 August 2015
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31 May 2015
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