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Healing Words 2019: workshops

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Alongside our Healing Words 2019 exhibition, we’re running a series of special workshops on creativity and wellbeing.

It’s a chance for you to get involved: from tips for building your confidence, to techniques for getting you writing – and even take part in an open mic poetry reading. A talented bunch of workshop leaders will guide you through 30 minute taster sessions for you to dip your toe in and learn new skills.

Space is limited; reserve your seat for the workshops below. And if you’d like to just come along to the exhibition, you can drop in anytime between 10.30am and 6.30pm.

Come and join us. Download a leaflet


Paternoster Square, London EC4M 7DX


Wednesday 2 October


1. Writing for wellbeing, 10.30-11am – no seats available
2. Writing for wellbeing, 11.15am-11.45am – reserve a seat
with Francesca Baker

Explore how writing can help boost your mood and make you happier. Through fun exercises, you’ll discover the benefits of words for wellbeing, and leave with techniques to try out at home. Francesca Baker is a writer, reader, and word lover, committed to creativity, connection and curiosity.


3. I am confident, 12-12.30pm – reserve a seat
4. I am confident, 12.45-1.15pm – reserve a seat
with Nicolette Wilson-Clarke

An interactive 30 mins introduction to confidence building tools that will change your life and develop creativity with regular daily practice. Nicolette is The Creative Genius Coach.


5. Creative writing starter toolkit, 1.30-2pm – reserve a seat
6. Creative writing starter toolkit, 2.15-2.45pm – reserve a seat
with Melanie Scagliarini

Learn and practice some writing exercises designed to help you relax and unlock your creativity.


7. Boost wellbeing – tips from positive psychology, 3-3.30pm – reserve a seat
8. Boost wellbeing – tips from positive psychology, 3.45-4.15pm –  no seats available
with Matthew Critchlow

Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life worth living. Its purpose is to identify practical things that people and institutions can use to move from surviving to thriving. In this short talk, we will introduce the PERMA model of wellbeing and the tried and tested techniques from positive psychology that are proven to boost optimism and wellbeing; these include Flow experiences, small acts of kindness and gratitude journaling.


Thursday 3 October


9. Overcoming your nerves, 10.30-11am – reserve a seat
10. Overcoming your nerves, 11.15-11.45am – reserve a seat
with Arun Sharma

Do you want to gain an insight into the art of public speaking and the confidence to inspire your audience? During the workshop, you’ll learn how to structure your speech, presentation or pitch persuasively, learn top tips on how to manage your nerves and deliver your content confidently. This workshop will allow you to take away key knowledge that you can put into practice immediately, along with an insight into how to become a great public speaker.


11. Cheaper than therapy, 12-12.30pm – reserve a seat
with Fisky

A short talk on the importance of poetry and performance as a healing tool, especially when dealing with grief and addiction.


12. Poetry open mic, 12.30-2pm – reserve a seat
Hosted by Cecilia Knapp

Performances by emerging spoken word artists, plus an opportunity for members of the public to read their poems (3 minutes per person).


13. Start expressing yourself through writing, 2.30-3pm – reserve a seat
with Cecilia Knapp

Writing and self expression can have such a positive impact on everyone. Join poet and playwright Cecilia Knapp as she guides you through some fun, quick and accessible ways to start writing and finding your voice. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced writer or if you’ve never written before, these tips and exercises will be something you can use and enjoy beyond the workshop so you can start to feel the benefits of creative writing.