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Creative Writing: Writing for Wellbeing

Do you write as if no one is looking? Would you like to explore your sense of self through writing? Do you enjoy writing as a reflective tool: letters, journals, poetry? If your pleasure in the act of writing is personal and for wellbeing, not necessarily with other readers in mind, then this course can enhance and develop your approach. We will focus on finding your voice; how to use a journal as a reflective tool and how to write about difficult issues in a safe space.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

How to use a creative journal as a basis for work; Experimenting with different forms to explore the self safely; How to find an expressive voice; Strategies for developing mindfulness.

Who is the course aimed at?

Students who want to explore creative writing methods to improve their confidence. For those who need a creative outlet and might never have tried writing previously and wish to explore the therapeutic and creative possibilities it offers. This course is suitable for students who wish to find their voice to enhance wellbeing.

Who will be my tutor?

Dr. Kate Mattacks is an experienced tutor with 25 years teaching experience in Universities and mostly recently, in prisons. She has published extensively on subjects from popular fiction to perceptions of disability. She is currently working within the field of Creative Writing as Therapeutic Practice, giving workshops on writing as a strategy for wellbeing, and for finding a voice.

How will I learn?

There will be very clearly outlined sessions, organized around common ideas associated with wellbeing and writing. These create a platform to look at ways of expressing ideas and offering a non-judgmental space in which to write. An individual’s output will be shared if they wish it to be, but there is never a pressure or emphasis on this. You will be guided, carefully, through the process of writing using poems, found fiction, images, and other stimuli and methods. Close consideration will be given to students’ personal privacy and confidentiality. This is not a group therapy session or a means to publication. Rather it’s a way of finding a strategy for your own wellbeing.

Are there any additional costs?

Your tutuor will advise on recommended texts, subscriptions for writing journals and magazines which you may wish to purchase.`

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Digital resources will be available from the tutor, and other materials will be suggested. However, students will be encouraged to write in different ways and have an attention to self-care, so tailoring resources to personal needs will be part of the process.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.


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