Creative group journaling is like journaling, just with other people! We use free-writing prompts and writing exercises as a way to get our pens moving and our minds opening. We then share in pairs (whatever you’re comfortable with,) re-join the group, get a new prompt and do it all over again.
It’s a wonderful way to connect with yourself and others, be creative and have some fun. We write differently – often more – when writing with other people. We get the opportunity to be witnessed and accepted, to hear others sharing themselves, to support, encourage and learn from each other, laugh and sometimes cry at what we find lurking behind our busy conscious minds.
Best of all no grammar, experience, or even interest in writing is required. You have full permission to make spelling mistakes, write illegibly, make a mess, and write a load of gobbledygook.
As well as regular public session, Write for your Life workshops can be adapted to any topic or situation and can be a great wellbeing and creativity intervention for teams as a one-off or regular session. More info here.
A bit more about each of the public sessions (click here to join the Facebook group):
Write for your Life and WFYL PLUS - creative group journaling
Both original and ‘PLUS’ sessions follow the same format; we start with a random prompt to get you going and then follow the topic that emerges individually and within the group. The PLUS session is 1.45 hours and the original session is 1.15 hours. More info WFYL and WFYL PLUS. Click here to book.
Write for your Life - creative group journaling SPECIALS
‘SPECIALS’ have a very particular topic, for example the New Year Theme workshop where we reflect on the year gone by and set our intention via a theme for the year ahead. Specials are made up of writing prompts and exercises focused around the topic. The topic is always named in the title of the session. These run from 2-2.5 hours and generally have an unlimited number of attendees. More info on SPECIALS.
Write for your Life - Introduction to creative group journaling
If you’re unsure if creative group journaling is for you, then come along to a session that will give you the opportunity to learn a bit more and a chance to try it out. This is repeated monthly and is free. More info on Introduction. Click here to book.
WFYL Journaling courses - Introduction and Advanced
If you’re new to journaling, I also have some courses which are always experiential (lots of writing,) and aim to give you techniques and ideas to help you to get started and keep going. These courses will give you lots of techniques, exercises and ideas to get you get your practice going and keep it going. The course itself also gives you a chance to experience creative group journaling as writing and sharing are an integral part of the course. In the advanced course, you will be introduced to more exercises that you can try to deepen your practice. More info on Journaling Introduction and Advanced course. Click here to book.
Just need some accountability and encouragement?
Write for your Life – Journal/write together
Finally, there is a ‘Journal/write together’ session. This is a free, monthly, two-hour session where you work on your own journaling/writing. We check in at the beginning of the session, half-way through (after an hour), and at the end. These sessions are just for accountability and encouragement. What you bring to work on is entirely up to you. More info on Writing together. Click here to book.
Bespoke sessions are also available. More info here.
Click for more info/to book: https://makesweat.com/cpsdayoff
5 October 6.30-8pm Creative Me - exploring what creativity means to you and how you'd like to express yourself
9 October 2022 – 10.30 – 12.30pm Journal/write together - Free
11 October – 6.30 – 7.30pm Introduction to Creative group journaling - Free
16 October 10.30 – 12.15pm Write for your Life PLUS - Creative group journaling
25 October 2022 – 6.30 – 7.45pm Write for your Life – Creative group journaling