Workshops – Creative Writing

Write for Growth

Write for Growth Workshops are for anyone wanting to explore the potential of writing for themselves. Activities are designed to stimulate creativity and enhance well-being. Each workshop takes a different theme, making it accessible for the first-timer and fresh for the regular returner.

No previous experience is needed, just a desire to write and discover where words might take you. We enjoy discussing our responses to the activities, but you do not have to share what you have written unless you wish.

Write for Growth has been based at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden since it began in 2014, where it has been running every other month on a Saturday morning. The atmosphere of Gladstone’s is inspirational in itself. It also offers great dining facilities for our mid-morning coffee break. Participants often choose to stay on to enjoy lunch together there afterwards as well.

The advent of Covid-19 and the temporary closure of Gladstone’s Library has turned a necessity into an opportunity, as Write for Growth online is now  in the mix.

To book, call 07787 116603 or e-mail  or follow the Eventbrite links for each event.

See below for upcoming Write for Growth and other writing workshops. The next Write for Growth is being planned for Spring, hopefully back home at Gladstone’s Library or online if the Library has not yet re-opened. More information soon..

From Write for Growth Participants..


I am delighted to be working in partnership with  Essential Therapy Training, a company run by and for therapists. Essential Therapy brings together a range of professionals with particular specialist expertise to deliver training to therapeutic practitioners. Following a successful Pathways Through the Page workshop in 2020, my next workshop with this company is:

Navigating the Journeys We Never Wanted to Make - by stage and page

This 6-hour CPD training will take place online on Zoom

On: April 28th, 2-5pm and April 29th, 2-5pm.     Cost £99

There are destinations we choose in life and there are journeys we find ourselves on unwillingly.This workshop will look at therapeutic support for those on unwanted journeys . A model of stages of the unwanted journey will be presented. We will explore the characteristics and dynamics of each stage, and how we might support clients engaging with these. We will reflect on the value of the model presented and of the lens of such models in general as a tool in therapeutic work.

Those on unwanted journeys can find themselves turning to the page, by starting a journal to ground themselves and track their way through. We will explore practical ways of supporting clients in the journalling that can be an adjunct to work in the counselling room and beyond. Different writing approaches will be highlighted and experienced during this two-part workshop.

You can find further details of this workshop at the Essential Therapy Training's website


where you can also book your place on the workshop.

For my CPD workshop on Managing Midlife Transition, also with Essential Therapy Training, see


WAY WITH WORDS  - A Journalling Group


'The unexamined life is not worth living,' asserted the philosopher Socrates. Journalling is one way of taking time for such reflection to enrich our daily living.

Way With Words is a monthly group for those wanting to join others for encouragement, resources and experience in using journalling to foster personal development. It is a group that offers mutual support in sustaining well-being. It is not a formal therapy group or a substitute for one-to-one counselling.

We explore a variety of approaches to journalling through different topics and issues. We also look at the practical aspects of journal-keeping. Writing activities have a more  therapeutic focus than in a Write for Growth workshop. There is also more more space given for discussion and feedback. Your personal writing still remains as confidential as you wish.

Way With Words meets in from 7-9pm on every second Thursday of the month, though is currently meeting online. Numbers are limited and cost is £20 per session (£70 for four booked together). To find out more, call 07787 116603 or e-mail

From Way With Words Members...



  • About Julia


    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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