Saturday 23rd March 2024 10:00 - 14:00 €40
Writing for Wellbeing (Three hours with short breaks)
“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life." Stephen King
This workshop is for those who are suffering from chronic pain/illness or disability, suffering from short-term or ongoing mental health problems, or those who would simply like to explore how writing might help them to reduce stress and focus more.
After eight years of dealing with spinal operations and recovery, during which my mental health also took a battering, I know that writing has been a huge part of my healing.
Our ability to tell stories is integral to our survival. Humans are all naturally gifted story tellers, and writing has intellectual, physiological and emotional benefits. Writing down responses to experiences helps us to reflect, and therefore process, our thoughts.
There is no need to share your writing with others as this can be a very personal experience.
Participants need no previous creative writing experience or ability to write well. All that is needed is a pen and paper, and a willingness to enhance your own wellbeing.
Tutor Details: Carolann Copland
Carolann Copland is an author and creative writing facilitator from Knocklyon in Dublin. She lives and works between Ireland and Spain. She writes contemporary and historical fiction and has published three novels, Summer Triangle, Scarred, and Mosaic. Carolann worked for twenty years as a teacher but now works full-time in writing. She has been facilitating adult and children’s writing workshops and retreats in Ireland and Spain for over twelve years through Carousel Writers.
She has run workshops, delivered talks, interviewed other writers, and given readings at many literary festivals, book shows, schools, and libraries. She has written articles for magazines and newspapers, and compiled anthologies for adult and child writers. She founded The CAP Awards in 2016. (The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors)
Carolann has a BEd in English and drama. Apart from her hometown of Dublin, she has lived in the United Arab Emirates, the UK and Spain. Outside writing, her interests include reading, travelling, theatre, life-long learning, and socializing with family and friends. She is married with three grown up daughters.
For more information see www.carolanncopland.ie and www.capawards.ie