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.
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.
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.
Change your story, change your life: Possibilities for change using creative writing
with Leanne Dodd | PhD Candidate – Arts & Humanities, GCert Tertiary Ed, B Com, Cert Narrative Therapy
We can’t change the past, but we can change how we see it. In this workshop, you will be equipped with a range of creative writing strategies to create fictional characters to re-imagine your future. Be guided through writing exercises that will help you identify positive outcomes and empowering perspectives from your experiences. The workshop will be of particular benefit to those looking for ways to change the disempowering stories in their lives and/or share their stories through creative writing.
Happily Ever After: Strategies for problem-solving through the lens of fairy 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? Fairy tales are an innovative way to reflect on well-being. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the genre of fairy 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 fairy tales and storytelling.
Your Voice: Digital Storytelling for Everyone
with Elena Volkova | M Arts - HDR, Transmedia Studies, Grad Dip – Museum Studies, B Arts
In these two half-day workshops, learn to voice your own story using basic images, video and a personalised 250-word script. 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. 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 (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.
Poetry as Self-Care: Journey to beauty, joy and peace
with NickiCassimatis | Grad Dip Education, B Arts
The capacity for poetry to succinctly capture, distil and validate human experience makes it an invaluable tool for personal growth and development. 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. This highly interactive workshop supports the power and value of personal poetry and requires no prior creative writing or poetry experience.
Please note that any information provided in these workshops is not intended to take the place of medical advice from a health care professional.