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This is a step-by-step course for those who want to benefit from the healing properties of expressive writing. It runs for five weeks, from Thursday 21st September - Thursday 19th October 2017, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

When we're getting over a profound loss in our lives, or struggling to keep our head above water due to illness or an unexpected event, the very foundations of our lives can be shaken.

We can become super-sensitive, almost as if we have lost a vital layer of our skin. Sometimes we retreat somewhere where people find it difficult to reach us. When we shut the world out in this way, we can feel alone and misunderstood, and it may be difficult to function properly.

In order to move on and to begin to heal, we need to be able to express our painful emotions. Writing is an ideal way of doing this.

What it means to write expressively

Once spoken out loud, words can never be unsaid. Because we know this, we often censor ourselves, even when life events mean we badly need to express our feelings and our fears.

Writen words, on the other hand, can remain completely private unless we choose to share them. When we write, we can have complete freedom to say what we want or need to say in to kickstart the healing process following a trauma or unexpected life event.

Expressive writing has been proven to:

* Increase your happiness
* Boost your immune system
* Reduce stress levels
* Enhance your ability to interact with others
* Stabilize your moods
* Improve how you function in your day-to-day life
* Increase your ability to think about complex tasks

Extensive research - by Professor W Pennebaker of the University of Texas - has shown that people who use structured expressive writing to write about emotional upheavals are 40% less likely to consult their doctor than those who don't use writing therapy as part of their recovery programme.

In this course you will not be asked to share your writing (unless your particularly wish to do so). The tutor will go out of her way to create a safe environment in which you will be able to:

  1. Let go of any fears you may have about writing as a way of moving on from pain or unhappiness.

  2. Learn how to make sure the expressive writing you undertake remains safe and useful to you.

  3. Become reassured about the writing process so that you feel relaxed and fully-equipped when you sit down to write.

  4. Follow clear guidelines to complete beneficial writing exercies.

  5. Openly acknowledge your emotions by a process of organised self-reflection.

  6. Find your voice so that you can truly express who you are and feel validated.

  7. Usefully annalyze what you write.

  8. Put your writing to further creative use to gain even more insight.

  9. Have the opportunity (not compulsory) to interact with other course members and to take part in live workshop sessions with the tutor.

  10. Start to think about a positive future use of the writing skills you have developed.

Who should take this course:

* Those who have made a decision that they no longer want negative emotions or memories to rule their lives.

* Those able to allocate time for expressive writing - a minimum of two hours a week, which can be spread over several days.

* Those willing to accept that some of the writing could be painful, and that in order to benefit from the process, they may feel temporarily sad following a writing session.

* Those able to accept that there is no right way to write expressively - there is only what is right and most beneficial in order for you to heal. Correct grammar and spelling are not important with expressive writing.

About Margaret

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I am the founder of WriteUP Creative Writing Courses and a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction. I have helped many students to express themselves therapeutically through my courses, and I am a member of both Lapidus, the Writing For Welbeing Organisation and Writers in Education. Boosting my students' confidence about their right to express themselves through writing is an important role of all my classes.

I have used expressive writing myself to overcome trauma in my life, notably through my novella Murder Maker, which was published by Cambridge University Press.

While constructing this course, I have carried out exstensive research into expressive writing and writing therapy, studying the techniques of writing for wellbeing experts such as Professor James W. Pennebaker and Gillie Bolton.

The cost of this course without the Eventbrite fee is £85. IF YOU WISH TO PAY DIRECTLY TO AVOID PAYING THE EVENTBRITE FEE FOR THIS COURSE, PLEASE EMAIL MARGARET AT: margaretkjohnsonauthor@gmail.com.



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