Writing for Wellbeing Series
Createplace can currently offer the following workshops in our Writing for Wellbeing Series at your venue or we can arrange a suitable one for you. Our workshops are designed and delivered by industry experts, researchers and practitioners—people who believe in the power of arts to improve mental and physical health, and who are passionate about helping individuals to improve their lives. Contact us below for more details.
Change your story, change your life: Your story in creative non-fiction or fiction
with Dr Leanne Dodd | PhD – Arts & Humanities, GCert Tertiary Ed, B Com, Dip Art Therapy
Do you want to write about a significant event in your life? Life writing can be a rewarding and potentially cathartic experience, whether it is a real-life or fictionalised version of your story. In this workshop, you will be guided through writing exercises that will help you identify positive outcomes and empowering perspectives from your experiences, then equipped with a range of writing strategies to structure your story. Re-imagine your future and share your strengths and courage with others through your story.
Your Story: Essential tools for beginner memoir writers
with Dr Jo-Ann Sparrow | DCA Creative Writing, M PR, B Arts
Author Joan Didion famously said ‘I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear’.
Whether you aim to commercially publish your story or simply create a written legacy for your family, writing a memoir can be a rewarding and potentially cathartic experience. This practical workshop will provide useful tools to explore your story, give it depth and bring it to the page.
Writing Poetry: Your journey to beauty, joy and peace
with Nicki Cassimatis | M Mental Health, Grad Dip Education, B Arts
Do you want to succinctly capture, distil and validate your experience in a poem? Poetry can be an invaluable tool for personal growth and development. In this workshop, you will be guided through a range of written activities and introduced to various techniques and approaches to explore the role of beauty and creativity within the ‘ordinary’, through playful curiosity, sensory reflection and the written word. Turn your life experiences into beautiful poetry to read aloud or present as a visual artwork. This highly interactive workshop supports the power and value of personal poetry and requires no prior creative writing or poetry experience.
Morals and Metaphor: Strategies for problem-solving through the lens of folk tales
with Pam Blamey | M Mental Health, Art Therapy, Grad Dip Soc Sc – Counselling, B Soc Sc – Human Services
Have you ever wondered why the youngest son wins the princess? Or why fairy tales end with happily ever after? Folk tales, fairy tales or traditional tales - whichever term you know them by - are an innovative way to reflect on life and cultural experiences. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the genre of traditional tales and myth, and the concepts of metaphor, symbolism, intuition and hidden wisdom. You will be guided through a range of writing and art-making activities to explore strategies for problem-solving through the lens of folk tales and storytelling.
Your Voice: Digital Storytelling for Everyone
with Elena Volkova | M Arts - HDR, Transmedia Studies, Grad Dip – Museum Studies, B Arts
Have you ever wanted to create a short film about your life? Digital Storytelling is creative and flexible, and reflects the way our modern society is engaged in the process of meaning-making, through a multi-modal, multi-platform, co-creative and collaborative work. In this workshop designed just for beginners like you, learn to voice your own story using images, video and a short personalised script. You will be guided through all stages of the work, including script development, selection of visual materials, voice recording, audio editing and the final production of your story in a digital format you can share it on various forms of media (laptop/free software download required).
Sing about it: Songwriting for the absolute beginner
with Dr Andrea Baldwin| PhD Psychology, PhD Creative Writing
Have you always wanted to write a song? Singing is a great way to share your feelings and experiences, and it also has proven health benefits. Don’t worry if your musical knowledge is limited – this workshop focuses mainly on words. You’ll leave the workshop with a basic song structure, on which you can build musical ‘backing’ over time. You’ll learn how to tell a story in song, create a ‘hook’, use the verse-chorus-bridge structure, avoid common pitfalls, and much more.
Quests and Voyages: Writing about where we’ve been and what we’ve learned
with Dr Andrea Baldwin | PhD Psychology, PhD Creative Writing
Travel is always an exploration of the self, as much as the world. In this practical workshop, use techniques from memoir and travel writing to delve more deeply into your travel experiences – whether down the street or around the globe. Bring along a photograph or object of special significance from your travels. You will be guided through hands-on reflection and writing exercises that will help you share stories of your travels, for your own enrichment and the enjoyment of readers.
Please note that any information provided in these workshops is not intended to take the place of medical advice from a health care professional.