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A 2.5-hour writing for therapeutic purposes workshop with psychoanalyst Katie Watson, on writing through trauma

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After a difficult, overwhelming or traumatic experience, we can be left feeling powerless, without language or agency. Research shows that traumatic events can immobilise those regions of the brain which we rely on in order to put words to our experiences, and therefore understand them. For those of us with a history of trauma, writing can be a valuable catalyst for healing and recovery.

It can offer us a way back from silence and shame.

Through writing, we can begin to cultivate linguistic control over the trauma, reclaim our voices and rewrite our stories.

Using a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive methodology, this masterclass will introduce you to using creative writing as a therapeutic tool that can support your wellbeing, encourage self-discovery and even healing.

In this masterclass, our interest is in the process of writing rather than the craft. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are not our focus here! This masterclass is therefore suitable for all levels and writing abilities.

The session will be delivered in 2 parts:

In the first half, we will explore the current research and theory which underpins the therapeutic value of using creative writing for trauma recovery. This will be interspersed with key insights drawn from my own work as a psychotherapist, published writer and from delivering therapeutic writing groups.

The second half of the workshop is experiential. You will be invited to take part in a gentle independent writing exercise and some small group work. Only you will decide what your level of involvement will be at this stage and there is no requirement to share what you have written.

A recommended reading list and further information about my longer courses will be made available to all participants.

This course will be held on Zoom for 2.5 hours, starting at 10am and ending at 12.30pm on Saturday 2nd October.

After booking, you will receive a Zoom link by email. This is a live online event only, and will not be recorded. To take part, you will need a computer or smart device and reliable internet connection.

If you do not receive an invitation link, or if you have any other questions, please contact us at info@londonlitlab.co.uk.

Katie Watson

For nearly a decade, Katie has worked in the charitable sector with vulnerable and disadvantaged adults and is also a qualified teacher. In 2018, she was awarded a scholarship to train as a trauma-informed writing guide for Write Your Self, a global writing movement aimed at supporting women to reclaim their stories after experiencing trauma. She is the first guide based in the UK to be trained in the methodology. She is also a published writer – in 2017 she was runner-up in Mslexia’s prestigious women’s poetry competition and more recently her poetry was published in A Wild and Precious Life, an anthology of stories focussing on recovery. She is also a Psychotherapist and currently works with LGBTQ+ clients. She has served on the board of trustees for Manchester Rape Crisis for the past 5 years.

Half-price place

We have reserved 3 free places, and 2 half price places for any person affected by trauma. These will be allocated on a first- come first-served basis. Please contact info@londonlitlab.co.uk to request one by September 2nd latest. You do not need to give us an explanation of your experiences to receive a free place.

Further Info

The course will run with a minimum of 20 participants. Any questions at all, please drop us a line at info@londonlitlab.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help!

After booking, you will receive a Zoom link by email. This is a live online event only. To take part, you will need a computer or smart device and reliable internet connection.

If you do not receive an invitation link, or if you have any other questions, please contact us at info@londonlitlab.co.uk.


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London Lit Lab was created in 2015 by authors Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert, offering friendly courses where writers teach writers. Lily and Zoe teach courses for beginner and advanced writers, as well as courses based on their specialisms. Lily Dunn leads courses that rely more on exploring 'the self' either through fiction or memoir, while Zoe Gilbert runs courses around using folk tales to re-imagine one's fiction.

London Lit Lab now offers courses taught by a range of authors, including Jonathan Kemp and Anna Freeman, who bring their own expertise to their teaching.

You can read more about all London Lit Lab's tutors and courses, as well as mentoring and feedback opportunities, on our  website

Or email: info@londonlitlab.co.uk

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