TLC Masterclass: Creative Writing and Wellbeing

TLC Masterclass: Creative Writing and Wellbeing
29 Feb 2020 at 10:00 am
29 Feb 2020 at 04:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,
£125+VAT/£100+VAT concessions (students, under 30, over 65, unwaged/low income)

Creative Writing and Wellbeing

Acclaimed writer Elise Valmorbida and leading positive psychologist and author Vanessa King have teamed up to develop a unique series of workshops connecting the science of wellbeing with the practice of creative writing—a hit with literary festivals, corporate training and community-building organisations, and featured in a one-week format for Arvon Foundation in 2019. This is the first time they bring their learning into a one-day workshop format, especially for The Literary Consultancy.

For writers and not-yet-writers, Elise and Vanessa apply the science of positive psychology to the art and practice of creative writing. In this workshop, they will open up resilience, imagination, empathy, observation and focus. As a workshop participant, you will explore how to engage your senses, free your mind, connect experience with words, access deeper levels of creativity and write with authenticity. Use the science of wellbeing to enhance and sustain your creative writing, and let the practice of creative writing enhance your wellbeing.

“Elise and Vanessa are a symbiotic combination of skills and approach. Jointly they offered such an engaging philosophical, psychological and creative session; quite a feat indeed. It was fascinating to be part of a diverse group of people who so quickly connected and communicated. There were some wondrous pieces of writing and it was such a privilege and joy to see people’s confidence grow within such a short space of time.” – Writing and Wellbeing short workshop participant

About the Tutors

Elise Valmorbida teaches creative writing at Central Saint Martins and Arvon. She is founder-director of communications consultancy word-design, on the board of writers’ organisation 26, and former External Examiner for the MA in Professional Writing at Falmouth University. Her latest novel The Madonna of the Mountains—The Times ‘book of the month’ and an Edward Stanford Awards shortlisterwon the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. Other books include Matilde WaltzingThe TV President, The Winding Stick and (non-fiction) The Book of Happy Endings. Elise is also an award-winning indie film producer, a member of the Society of Authors, and a member of the free expression charity English PEN.

Vanessa King is a public speaker, facilitator and author. She is an expert in Applied Positive Psychology and studied with the leader of the field, Dr Martin Seligman. She speaks nationally and internationally on how the latest psychological research can be transformed into practical action to help individuals, organisations and communities enhance their wellbeing and resilience. She has designed and delivers a range of workshops focused on wellbeing, resilience and workplace creativity. A Board Member of the social movement Action for Happiness she is the architect of its evidence-based 10 Keys to Happier Living which have inspired and engaged people around the world. She is author of two internationally published books: 10 Keys to Happier Living – A Practical Handbook and, for children, 50 Ways to Feel Happy.

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One free ticket to this TLC Masterclass is available to a writer on low income, with priority given to those from groups currently under-represented in publishing. THIS TICKET HAS NOW BEEN ALLOCATED

About TLC Masterclasses

TLC Masterclasses are designed to support writers to achieve their maximum potential. Each Masterclass offers a holistic deep dive into elements of craft and creativity, with practical exercises and inspirational examples drawn from a wide range of sources. All Masterclass attendees are also entitled to a 10% discount on TLC manuscript assessment for work submitted within three months of the Masterclass. Places are strictly limited to 15 per Masterclass.