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Trade Secrets: Mindfulness and Creative Writing

23 January @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Mindfulness is a buzz word we’ve been hearing a lot lately. What does that mean as creative writers? Can we take a mindful approach to what and how we write? Why might this matter?

In late January, we hold our Trade Secrets session on Mindfulness and Creative Writing. It’s happening after-hours, so you should be able to slip away from the day-job to a unique evening class that will help get your year off to a positive, life-enhancing start. It’ll be about growing your perceptive powers, intensifying your connection with experience and calming your mind to write authentically, creatively. Big claims, true. Small taster, yes. The path may be long, but it starts with a few small steps!

The workshop is being run by positive psychology expert, Vanessa King, with writer and creative writing teacher Elise Valmorbida. This dynamic duo ran a wildly successful workshop on Wellbeing and Creative Writing at this year’s Margate Bookie.

You probably know Elise (cos she’s a 26er), but Vanessa may be new to you. She is one of the UK’s leading experts in the psychology of happiness and resilience, and one of a small group globally to have completed an Applied Positive Psychology Masters with the founder of the field, Dr Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania.

Vanessa has been at the heart of the social movement Action for Happiness since it was founded. She is the architect of the 10 Keys for Happier Living, which have engaged and inspired people around the world. She’s delivered TEDx talks and Guardian Masterclasses. She has been featured and quoted in all the best media, including a regular column in Psychologies magazine. Her first book 10 Keys to Happier Living was published by Headline in 2016. Her book for children, 50 Ways to Feel Happy, is out next year.

When: (18.00 for) 18.30–21.00 on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Where: The Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA
How much: £100 for 26 members
Your call to action: email training coordinator Rachel Marshall. She’ll tell you what you need to do in order to secure your place.

After this training session, you’ll have a better understanding of how to:

  • engage your senses
  • calm, focus and free the mind
  • connect experience with words
  • access deeper levels of creativity
  • write with authenticity

Go on: book the workshop now!


23 January
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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