Workshop: Feelings Into Words: Creative & Therapeutic Writing with Claire Williamson

Date: Saturday 30th July
Time: 14:00
Venue: Workshop Room
Price: £15.00 / £10.00

An Opportunity to dip your toe into the world of creative therapeutic writing… 

Using poetry and images to inspire our thoughts, this experiential workshop will demonstrate how creative reflective writing can support our personal growth, with an opportunity to share and be heard in a nurturing group environment. Using therapeutic writing techniques often brings forward original creative content that can be crafted for publication. One exercise will use imagery of the natural world to connect with the here and now, and a list writing exercise based on Turkish poet Edip Cansever’s ‘Table’ will explore past, present and future.

Claire Williamson is the former Director of Studies for Metanoia Institute’s MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Her poetry explores many themes, including coping with bereavement; her latest collection is Visiting the Minotaur. Claire is a doctoral candidate at Cardiff University, exploring ‘Writing the 21st Century Grief Novel, drawing on Arthur Frank’s responses to ‘narrative wreckage’ –chaos, restitution and quest. With artist, Eleanor Glover, Claire has facilitated therapeutic writing workshops for over twenty-five years.

Claire Williamson was Director of Studies for Metanoia Institute’s Masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, also for ten years. Her poems have won prizes, including in the Bridport Prize. Her latest collection is Visiting the Minotaur from Seren and before that Split Ends from Eyewear. Claire has written extensively with Welsh National Opera and has been involved with a dementia awareness project called Cradle for three years. Her doctoral studies explore representations of grief in various 21st Century novels. She lives in Chepstow. She has two daughters and a borderline border collie. Photo credit: Ruth Garner Photography.