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 turned a necessity into an opportunity, with  Write for Growth online coming into the mix. As Gladstone’s Library now plans to re-open its doors in September, 2021, see below for the first face-to-face Write for Growth for 18 months, as well as other creative writing events.

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

From Write for Growth Participants..

Write for Growth

On: Saturday October 16th, 10am-1pm

At: Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF

Theme: Choice

Cost: £25

This workshop picks up on 2021’s National Poetry Day theme of Choice.

Exercising choice is an essential element of our humanity and our creativity. How and why do we make our choices? What is too much choice, or too little, in the dynamic between freedom and constraint? And as we come to write, how do we select the words we put on the page?

As Write for Growth comes back home to Gladstone’s Library, we will explore different aspects of the choices we make in our lives and in our writing. 

You can book for this event via Eventbrite here

Or  e-mail: or call 07787-116603

I'm delighted to be involved in this year's Weaver Words Literature Festival in Frodsham, contributing this creative writing workshop:


On: Friday 3 September, 2021, from 10.30am-12.30pm 

At: Frodsham Community Centre 

Whether part of our outer or inner landscape, ‘Edgeland’ spaces draw us out of our comfort zone. This unsettling territory is often unobserved or even unnamed, yet edgelands can also be ‘places of possibility, mystery and beauty,’ with the opportunity for a creative response both in our lives and the page.

In this workshop, we will seek to identify and explore some of these spaces, to discover what may emerge when we take our words to the edge. A workshop for adult writers of all levels of experience, including first timers.

Cost £10. To book, please go to the Weaver Words Festival Website   here


PATHWAYS PLUS - online event


This event is held at 2/3-monthly intervals on Zoom. it began as a follow-on from a Pathways Through the Page online training day in therapeutic writing at the end of 2020.

Participants at that workshop expressed an interest in meeting again to explore further therapeutic writing exercises for themselves and/or clients. They also wanted an opportunity for more generous time for small group discussion with fellow counsellors. 

This 2-hour session comprises around 3 writing activities, with break-out groups as well as the main session for feedback and networking.

CPD Certificates are issued for participants. 

Cost is £10

If you have previously completed some therapeutic writing training in one of my workshops, or are exploring/developing such writing in your own practice and would like to meet with like-minded counsellors for some personal development and professional stimulation, please make contact to be included in the mailing for this event.

E:mail:     Call: 07787 116603 

The next Pathways Plus is on Thursday 7th October, 7-9pm GMT. 

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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