Workshops – Creative Writing

** Due to the Coronavirus situation, we are currently unable to run Write for Growth as planned. We hope to update and recommence when constraints on public gatherings are eased.

Write for Growth

Write for Growth Workshops are 3-hour workshops 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 runs every other month on a Saturday morning, 10am-1pm.

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.

Upcoming Write for Growth events are listed below.

Places are limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Cost is £25 per workshop.

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

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 can and has been run at other locations. During my tenure as Chester Cathedral’s Poet in Residence, Write for Growth is also being hosted at Chester Cathedral  – see below for dates.

Please get in touch if you have a group or venue that you would like to host such an event, and we will arrange to come to you. Write for Growth is currently run at Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF.

On: Saturday 23rd May, 10am-1pm

Theme: ‘When I am among trees..’

The speaker in Mary Oliver’s poem ventures ‘among trees’ and senses their call to ‘Stay awhile.’

In this workshop, we will respond to this invitation as we take time to observe and write about trees, open to discovering more than simply an appreciation of their physical beauty.


This workshop will run online for participants who have already booked.

From Write for Growth Participants..


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 at the Quaker Meeting House, Chester CH1 3LF. - just off Frodsham Street, from 7-9pm on every second Thursday of the month.

Numbers are limited to 8. The current group has 6 members.

Cost is £20 per session (£70 for four booked together). This includes refreshments during our evening.

To find out more or enquire about joining, call 07787 116603 or e-mail

If interest exceeds the number of places currently available, a new group can be set up, so get in touch if you feel a journaling group could be helpful to you.

I can also run a short course of six 2-hour sessions over several weeks, or as day workshops, to help get people started in journalling for themselves. If you have a group that would like to do this, please make contact and we will arrange a course to suit your needs.

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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