Writing for self-expression
Writing for self-expression

About the workshop

In collaboration with The Royal Literary Fund, this writing for self-expression course is co-delivered by a professional writer and a student from our Student Development Programme. It helps people think about their experiences and put their thoughts and feelings into words. 

These workshops will offer you an opportunity to reflect and write in a safe, friendly, and confidential space that fosters personal awareness and wellbeing.

It doesn't matter whether or not you're used to writing. You will have time to write about your life and experience through discussion and practical exercises. 

At each session, the professional writer-facilitator will read aloud a short piece of published writing (poetry or prose) and invite you to talk about how the words impact you. Short writing prompts and exercises will then be offered to help you write about your own experiences, thoughts, and feelings.

This session takes place in six hours over four sessions.

Student experience

My experience of the xpressive Writing Course in Collaboration with The Royal Literary Fund

By Tina - Student and Expert by Experience

I recently attended on-line, the Expressive Writing Course; which was co-delivered by a professional author and a student from our Student Development Programme.

I didn’t know what to expect having not experienced this type of course before. The course consisted of three ninety-minute sessions and was worth every second of my time.

The author introduced us to two different poems each week. We read them together and discussed what we thought the meaning was behind each one. We all had different ideas and opinions.

After reading each poem we were encouraged to ‘have a go’ at writing our own, which was to include chosen lines from the poem we had just read. This gave a starting point and was very helpful. We also had a time limit, for example, between two minutes and eight minutes. Once the time ‘was up’ we were encouraged to read them out to the group.

Everyone that shared their work was praised and encouraged by the author, expert by experience and fellow students.

After that first session, I just wanted to keep writing down my thoughts and feelings and I found doing so, cathartic. It was as if something inside me had been unlocked. I eagerly awaited session two and three.

Over the three sessions, myself and the other students became noticeably more confident. There were common themes being expressed throughout each person’s work. For example, Hope, Recovery, Loss, and Healing. Empathy was shown by fellow students, the author and expert by experience, from one and other.

Booking a course

We teach our courses in a classroom or online. You can find the venues' locations on the venues page, including travel information and facilities.

Classes online are via the Zoom online platform. If you are still getting familiar with Zoom, visit our using Zoom page for resources, videos and Zoom guides

We have additional information for people who might need access to IT equipment; please visit our digital skills and inclusion page.

The college strives to provide students with positive experiences and is committed to making the college accessible to all. Please read our code of conduct to learn what we expect of our students when attending courses.

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Upcoming course dates

Each course is 4 x 1.5 hours – 6 hours total (over four days)
Writing for self-expression
27th February
10:00am - 11:30am
5th March
10:00am - 11:30am
12th March
10:00am - 11:30am
19th March
10:00am - 11:30am
Online Zoom Spring 2024

No upcoming dates?

Our courses are regularly reviewed and may not appear available every term. If you've just missed the last session or you're waiting for a new release, you can still register your interest in this course. The more interest we receive the greater the chance of the course returning!

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Further help and support

If you want some help to book this course, or would like to put your name down for a course that's not currently running, please get in touch with us.

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