Writing your mental health story

Course Dates: 14/10/21
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Location: Online
From journaling to blogging, personal essays to memoir books, writing your mental story can be a powerful tool for personal and public change. This interactive workshop takes you through the steps and provides a structure for a first-person account written by you. This can be for your own personal healing journey or form the basis for publication when you feel ready. There will be an opportunity to share a sample of your writing within a safe, supportive group and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of making your story public, writing under a pseudonym, or writing for yourself. Please note this workshop is not suitable for those currently experiencing severe mental health difficulties. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: EVMWFHW01

Finished Thu, day, 14 Oct - 14 Oct '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

There is often demand in the media for stories about wellbeing and mental health, and many people share their journies through blogging or other publishing formats. This interactive workshop will help you in composing a first person account, with advice on what may lead to a successful article and what pitfalls to avoid.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Steps to take when writing your story
- Structuring you’re your account for publication
- Pitfalls and how to avoid them
- Opportunity to share your writing.

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

This course is open to all levels, although some experience with writing would be beneficial. Good use and understanding of the English langauge is essential. Please note that this course is not suitable for those currently experiencing severe mental health difficulties.

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

This workshop will be taught online via Zoom, and involve tutor presentation, group discussion, activities and the sharing of work. To join this workshop you need access to a computer or tablet and the internet. Please see our general advice on online learning at https://www.citylit.ac.uk/guide-online-learning-city-lit-2 for more information.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

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

Please have a notebook and pen to hand, to make notes and to write.

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

This workshop is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners. The Mental Wealth Festival is a week of events and experiences which celebrate and promote activities, projects, ideas and tools which restore, support and enhance positive mental health. The Festival aims to highlight the way mental health issues impact on so many aspects of daily life, and how the arts, politics, culture, faith and the media can support our ‘mental wealth’. We bring together professionals and key stakeholders to discuss mental health issues, providing a forum for informative, challenging and inspiring discussions and workshops exploring mental health issues. For more information visit our Mental Wealth Festival Don’t forget to follow us on social media and we’d love to see your Mental Wealth Festival photos so please tag us using #MentalWealth2021.

Lorna V Tutor Website

Lorna V is an award-winning playwright, performance artist, writer and educator. She has contributed to many publications including the Daily Mail, the Guardian Weekend, Sunday Times Style, and Time Out where she was lifestyle editor. She has written three personal development books for the Psychologies magazine brand published by Wiley. Her interest in psychology led to an MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health. As a writer-performer she has appeared at venues and festivals in and out of London, including Battersea Arts Centre, Blue Elephant Theatre and Oxford’s Old Fire Station. She has just embarked on a PhD at Queen Mary University of London's School of English and Drama, investigating and making solo theatre work that addresses heritage and mental health.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.