Write off your inner critic

Explore writing therapy as an effective tool to help increase your confidence and self esteem. We will use guided, creative and expressive writing exercises to discover what holds you back so that you can step out of your comfort zone. No special writing ability is necessary.

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Key course information

11/01/15 - 18/01/15


2 weeks

10:30 - 16:30

Fees ?
Full fee: £97
Senior fee: £63
Concession: £43

KS - Keeley Street

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Course outline

What is the course about?

This course is about using different aspects of therapeutic writing to address your 'inner critic' as a medium for personal growth and healing. When we expose and reveal some of the unconscious message patterns we routinely send to ourselves this can offer insight and opportunity to revise our thinking and improve wellbeing. Creative writing is a key part of the course but please note that the focus is on personal development, not on writing techniques.

What topics will we cover?

We will use a variety of creative and expressive writing exercises to focus on the 'inner critic', on self confidence and self esteem. We will use various prompts such as: words, poems, art, post-cards, positive affirmations, stories, unsent letters and acrostics. There will be discussions, small group work and some guided imagery.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

Identify how your inner critic may be limiting you and your potential.
Describe 2 different writing activities which can be used to access inner thoughts and feelings.
Identify at least 2 ways in which writing therapy can increase and benefit self awareness and/or self esteem.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to anyone who has ever enjoyed keeping a journal, has a personal interest in writing or writing for wellbeing. You will need to be fluent in English and be able to take part in discussions.
It is beneficial for you to share your work, hearing your words validated by others can be a powerful learning experience and can lead to deeper layers of realisation and increased confidence. However, you always decide what you wish to share.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is experiential and practical, you will have an opportunity to try out various writing exercises and we will use them as the basis for discussion and further exploration.
The exercises include individual tasks, pair work, small and large group work .
You may find it useful to keep a journal in between sessions to further enhance your self awareness and improve wellbeing.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?


What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit www.citylit.ac.uk/students

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We offer further personal development courses that complement this one, such as:
Finding direction (PG615)
Journal writing of self-discovery (PG612)
Inklings: write yourself (PG701 / PG712)
Finding purpose (PG653)
Mindfulness (PG698).

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2530


Drop-in course advice (term-time only) Tuesdays 13.30 - 14.30 (please ask at the Department Enquiry Desk).

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.

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Tel: 020 7492 2530


Drop-in course advice (term-time only) Tuesdays 13.30 - 14.30 (please ask at the Department Enquiry Desk).

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.