Workshops – Creative Writing


Write for Growth Workshops happen-monthly on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm at Gladstone’s Library, and are for anyone wanting to explore the potential of personal writing. Activities are designed to stimulate creativity and enhance well-being. Every workshop takes a different theme, making it accessible to 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.

Upcoming Write for Growth events are listed below. Places are limited. Cost is £25 per workshop.

To book, call 07787 116603 or e-mail   Booking is confirmed by payment by at least one week before. No refund for cancellation at less than 7 days’ notice unless the place can be filled.

Write for Growth @ Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF

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

Theme: At the Borders

Borderlands draw us out to edge of our comfort zones, leading us to question where and why the lines are drawn – and what might lie on the other side.

In this workshop, we will take our writing to the edge and explore what we find.

Write for Growth @ Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF

On: Saturday 18th May, 10am-1pm

Theme: Perchance to Dream

Down the ages and across cultures, dreams have been seen as a fascinating source of wisdom, guidance and inspiration.

In this workshop, we will explore the potential of this image-rich territory to release our creativity and help us to access our deepest insights.

Write for Growth @ Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF

On: Saturday 13th July, 10am-1pm

Theme: Turning Points

‘Two roads diverged in a wood,’ wrote the poet Robert Frost, in a poem where the speaker ‘took the one less travelled by/ And that has made all the difference.’

In this workshop, we will explore how our writing can take us in transformative directions, on the page and in our lives.

Write for Growth @ Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF

On: Saturday 14th September, 10am-1pm

Theme: The Four Temperaments

The concept of four underlying elements of personality – sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic and melancholic – goes back to the Ancients, and has influenced psychological theory in our own time. 

In this workshop, we will explore how we relate to these personality types, and to what extent who we are is how we write.

Write for Growth @ Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF

On: Saturday 9th November, 10am-1pm

Theme: Island Views

Islands can excite our imagination: self-contained and boundaried by the sea, they are places where different ways of being may apply. 

In this workshop, we will venture into these separate worlds and write about what we find.

CPD Workshop Day for Health Professionals


@ Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden

Saturday, 23rd March, 10am-4pm

Health professionals cannot always be alongside their clients, but the therapeutic space of the page is there 24/7. Personal writing can be an adjunct in our work of helping others, and also enable them to care for themselves. This workshop will explore the creative possibilities of therapeutic writing pathways through challenging times. It will equip those who professionally help others, and who may also want to look after their own well-being. The day will be suitable for those new to therapeutic writing, and further resource those more familiar with the practice.

We will explore:

  • How therapeutic writing works
  • A range of approaches from prosaic to poetic; form to freedom. 
  • How to ensure writing is helpful rather than harmful

CPD Certificates will be issued.

Cost: £80 (Lunch not provided, though available at Gladstone’s)  EARLY BIRD RATE (Till March 1st): £65 

For further information and to book, call 07787 116603 or e-mail

A Therapeutic Journalling Group…



@ Quaker Meeting House, Chester CH1 3LF

7-9pm monthly, every third Thursday.

A monthly group for those wanting to join with others for encouragement, resources and experience of therapeutic journalling, using words to sustain them on their way.

Cost: £20 per session (£70 for four booked together), including refreshments. For further information and to book, call 07787 116603 or e-mail









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