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Women’s Words, Women’s Wisdom: International Women’s Day Writing Workshop with Samantha Gray
March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Women’s Words, Women’s Wisdom
A Words for Wellbeing workshop with Samantha Gray
As part of ‘Women of Tomorrow‘, our International Women’s Day celebrations on the 8th March, we’re hosting a free writing workshop with our ‘Words for Wellbeing’ tutor, Samantha Gray.
Women’s Words, Women’s wisdom will focus on the theme ‘What does it mean to be a woman?’ through reading, writing, and discussion. This workshop is open to all women (and people who identify as female) no matter your level of experience with creative writing. The focus will be on how creative activity opens up fresh avenues of thought and exploration. We will discover how we can use writing and reading to nourish us as part of our self-care and examine the inspirational women who have shaped us in the past and present.
There will also be an opportunity to look at the confidence-building element of sharing work and doing spoken-word performances. You will have the opportunity to perform this work (or other creative writing pieces you may have) during the evening’s poetry performances (from 7pm onwards). But only if you wish! This aspect is entirely voluntary.
Free entry, but please book a place via email to secure your spot. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.
After the workshop, we invite you to watch the rest of the evening’s celebration including dance, music, and poetry performances from local groups and individuals (including Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate, Georgina Wilding). For full listings see our event page here.
About Samantha Gray
Samantha Gray started life as a teacher and alongside her work with young people, she is currently training with the International Federation of Biblio-Poetry Therapy to gain credentials in the field of poetry therapy – the interactive use of literature to promote healing.
During a career break to raise her three sons, Sam studied Creative Writing with the Open University and became increasingly involved in therapeutic writing, facilitating workshops in a variety of community and healthcare settings. In 2011, Sam wrote an article about the ways in which writing can support us through the bereavement process (Gray, S, 2011, Routledge).
Sam believes strongly in the potential of journaling for enhancing wellbeing and co-delivered a course, ‘Journaling for Recovery’, at the Recovery College in Nottingham. She recently ran a group at Nottinghamshire Hospice with bereavement counsellors, using poetry to explore issues around self-care and loss.
Sam’s work in this field has been an exploration of the many ways in which creative words can help us to navigate life’s challenges – including loss, change, anxiety, depression and physical illness. It also has celebrated the magical, transformative power of words and the ways in which they can lead us to deeper self-understanding, balance and creativity.
Sam finds comfort, inspiration and clarity in words – and loves working with others as they do the same. She is a member of Lapidus, the Writing for Wellbeing Organisation.
To book your free place on this workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, email address and contact phone number.
Funded by The Renewal Trust with support from Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature