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Dialogical Writing Workshop and Retreat 2020

University of Bedfordshire

Monday, 20 April 2020 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 21 April 2020 at 17:00 (BST)

Dialogical Writing Workshop and Retreat 2020

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Dialogical Writing Workshop and Retreat

Hosted by Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice

Facilitated by Editor,  Dr Gail Simon, Deputy Editors, Dr Birgitte Pedersen and Dr Liz Day 

20th & 21st April 2020 Brathay Hall, The Lake District

For reflexive, dialogical and relationally attuned practitioners from all professional backgrounds!

This may be the moment to just do it! Time is elusive. One needs to grasp it, protect it. This is a space for reflexive practitioners to invite others through your writing into the detail of the extraordinary dialogical space we call systemic practice. Maybe you want to write something in particular. Perhaps you want to play, experiment with finding a voice, a nib, a style, a form. Maybe you just want a peaceful space with others who are also writing to start producing some words. This is the space for those activities.

In the workshop we will discuss writing as a relational activity. We will explore what helps writers find a voice or style with which to write. Perhaps you want to get your writing published. There will be plenty of space for you to develop some of your writing. We will experiment with writing in different styles and discuss how to get the heart of what matters.

This writing workshop and retreat is for relationally reflexive practitioners who want to write about their work or themselves in the first person as a practitioner. By the end of the retreat, we hope you will feel increased creativity, inspiration, engagement and a spirit of adventure.



I have always written: stories, poems and plays. Now I lead writing workshops for practitioners who wonderful and moving tales to share. I lead writing workshops within the systemic community and have written and presented on practitioner writing at national and international conferences - for example, on writing as a form of inquiry, relational ethnography, writing as relationship, performative writing, reflexive and collaborative writing. My doctoral research was on Writing (as) Systemic Practice where I experimented with creative and ethical ways of writing from within practice coherent with systemic ways of speaking. In addition to leading the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the University of Bedfordshire, I run a small systemic publishing tent, Everything is Connected Press, and have co-edited two books on systemic research and systemic therapy. I qualified in systemic therapy in 1993 at KCC and my practice home is The Pink Practice, a queer systemic therapy practice in London.



I like to think that I follow in my mother’s footsteps. All her life she wrote diaries, travel journals, prose and poetry. Both of us wrote/write to describe and evoke time, place, relationship and memory. At the heart of my doctoral dissertation was a set of ten richly textured narrative portraits, including one of myself. Each of these was accompanied by an abstract painting which reflected the lived experience of being part of a ten session Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) therapeutic groupwork programme. I co-wrote and designed the NVR group programme with my friend and colleague Elisabeth Heismann and we have just co-edited a new NVR book with Julia Jude (both published by Pavilion Publishing). I am a deputy editor of Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice. This new open access systemic journal is a joint initiative with Gail Simon and Birgitte Pedersen. I teach and supervise on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice and I am involved in an advisory capacity with two research projects at Kings College London. One is exploring the experiences of LGBT+ people with serious illness and their carers (AccessCare), and the other is talking to young people facing bereavement and developing a pre-bereavement resource pack (SCYP). I have also written about bereavement and the experience of caring for my partner who has stage 4 cancer, and being diagnosed with cancer myself.


This retreat takes place at Brathay Hall in the English Lake District. It is in a wonderful location at the top of Lake Windermere it its own grounds leading down to the lake. It is very suited to reflective and creative writing. We have use of some high ceiling rooms in the main hall, the theatre and yurt just outside.There is accommodation on site. Most rooms have desks in them. Ambleside is a ten - fifteen minute walk away. It is a small town with plenty of places to eat, two private cinemas, two museums, many outdoor clothing shops and remains of a Roman Fort.

The cost of the two day retreat is £250 and includes lunches. There is the option of staying over on Monday and using the Tuesday too. If you choose to book bed and breakfast on site, please book directly with Brathay Hall on 015394 33041. They have a range of accommodation from £40 to £85 a night. The building and grounds have limited accessibility. Please ring Brathay Hall for more information.The nearest station is Windermere. You can get a bus or taxi to Brathay Hall from there. There is parking on site.

Do you have questions about Dialogical Writing Workshop and Retreat 2020? Contact University of Bedfordshire

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Brathay Hall
LA22 0HP Ambleside, Lake District
United Kingdom

Monday, 20 April 2020 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 21 April 2020 at 17:00 (BST)

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