resources, links & useful stuff...
because sharing is caring and knowledge is empowering
Free Resources created by me:
Creating Cut-Up Poems : the art of impossible juxtapositions & wild hypothesis - a pamphlet by Dal Kular.
This pamphlet will get you started with the wonders of cut-up poetry. Expect loads of inspiration in this roughtumble ragtag of a pamphlet. Let me know how you get on, I'd love to see your creations! Download here.
more goodness coming soon...
Free Courses & Resources by others
Stories we live by - a free course in eco-linguistics
Literature and Mental Health: reading for well-being - Futurelearn
Futurelearn also run other free courses on creative writing.
Write Here: Sanctuary - a free practical toolkit for running creative writing workshops with refugees and asylum seekers.
Bibliotherapy Toolkit - a brilliant free resource on all things bibliotherapy by Words Work Well Scotland.
* there are so many free resources/workbooks/advice on the interwebs on just about everything and anything to do with writing. So I encourage you to do lots of research and see what you can bag for free!
Lapidus: International Words for Wellbeing association. A very friendly lot of folks who'll welcome you with open arms.
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
New Writing North - supporting reading and writing Up North. Yes, we can read and write up here!
MSc Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at Metanoia Institute
Translating Chronic Pain (flash short-form creative writing)
Arts Emergency - brilliant organisation supporting talented youngsters from low-income backgrounds access arts and humanities.
Workers Educational Trust (WEA) - a brilliant organisation offering affordable adult education including writing courses.
Here are some of my favourite books on therapeutic creative writing and writing in general:
Poetry & Story Therapy by Geri Giebel Chavis
The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing by Gillie Bolton
Trystimania - a Diary of Manic Depression by Jay Griffiths
Journal to the Self: 22 Paths to Personal Growth by Kathleen Adams
Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals by Kate Thompson
The Art of Slow Writing: Relections on Time, Craft and Creativity by Louise De Salvo
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
Landmarks by Robert McFarlance
Some of my favourite poets!
“I am not defined by my scars but by the incredible ability to heal”
" All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you."
You will be lost and unlost, over
and over again, relax love. You
were meant to be this glorious.
when they buried me alive
i dug my way
out of the ground
with palm and fist
i howled so loud
the earth rose in fear and
the dirt began to levitate
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Favourite blogs & Podcasts
The Book Dr - aka my fellow maverick Caroline Donahue. She hosts a brilliant weekly podcast 'The Secret Library' on all facets of writing including how to write against the odds. You can hear me on the show here!
Quiet Writing - Terri Simpson is a fountain of writing knowledge for introverts.
On Being - there are some super-inspiring podcasts here on all aspects of writing and a life spent with words.
Brain Pickings - lashings of inspiration and wise words on the writing life and creative living.