read write express offers workshops that involve a core of writing for wellbeing. Other modalities such as laughter, yoga, breathing, meditation, visualisation, voice-work and drama games are also woven into the experience to create a rich fabric of tools to help you release and relax and to help you find meaning and direction in your life.
Following an initial activity, such as small group discussion of a piece of writing, you are then encouraged to write, starting from a prompt or line you have chosen from the reading. Timed free writes in a group will encourage you to find words to express yourself, recover old memories and to navigate choices quickly and fluidly.
There is then the option to read the writing to the group. Hearing yourself read your writing to others in a supportive setting can bring fresh insight to old ways of thinking or being. Participants enjoy the opportunity to write and learn from their own writing and that of others.
Writing is optionally shared with the group and participants are encouraged to respond from their own experience of hearing it as opposed to offering a critique. This is the primary difference between writing for self-development and writing for literary development. Writing and voicing writing in this way can be therapeutic but these workshops are not group therapy and participants need to be aware of this when choosing what to write or share.
There are opportunities to reflect on current physical or emotional state before and after an activity and the workshops overall so that any changes can be noted.To check dates check our events page and for any queries please use our contact form below or visit our contact page for further details.