What is the course about?
Have you ever wondered why some people bounce back easily from adversity, misfortune, trauma or difficult
life situations? We know that no two people faced with the same set of circumstances will respond in the
same way but what makes one person bounce back and the other simply fall apart?
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stressful situations without experiencing long-term, adverse effects.
This practical and experiential course will provide you with skills and strategies to build your resilience
reservoir through poetry and therapeutic writing. It is for both personal and professional development and will
benefit those who enjoy writing or journaling.
You can expect to, experience various reflective and expressive writing exercises, using prompts such as:
words, post cards, positive affirmations, unsent letters, acrostics and metaphors focussed on
building your confidence and resilience.
What will we cover?
Some of the topics we cover are:
• Assessing your resilience
• Learning from your past
• Managing strong feelings
• Pumping up your positivity
• Communicating effectively and problem solving.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Name the benefits of writing for wellbeing
• Identify two ways of how poetry therapy increases self-awareness and self esteem
• Explain the difference between creative writing and therapeutic writing
• List three different poetry therapy / therapeutic writing techniques which enhance resilience.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to anyone, at any level. No prior knowledge of poetry or expressive writing is required; you simply need to be willing to share, reflect and experiment with words in a supportive environment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching methods will include tutor presentations; audio-visual aids; class discussion; small group work;
creative, reflective and expressive writing exercises and some guided imagery and a range of creative
exercises facilitated by the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All art materials and poems are provided, do bring your own notebook.
A pen or pencil which enables you to write quickly and freely.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Within our Personal Development programme you may also be interested in:
Journal writing for self-discovery course code PG612.
Using expressive arts in therapy course code PC419
Working therapeutically with masks course code PT569
Introduction to therapeutic writing PT576.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details