Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing groups (1)

Ref: C2422926

This is a short online course exploring Writing for Wellbeing for people who are interested in becoming practitioners. We will look at what Writing for Wellbeing is, and what it isn't, and some of the settings and situations in which it can be helpful, including for participants with physical or mental health challenges. We will discuss how to keep the work safe and nourishing so that it contributes positively to health and wellbeing. We will also look at how to structure a Writing for Wellbeing session and at what to do, and where to go, next. There will be 6 video-conferencing sessions on Zoom and session content, references and links will be available on Canvas, the WEA's digital learning platform.

Additional information about this course

Students must enrol to Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing groups taster (C2422929) first, before this course.

Course aim

This course is aimed at people who wish to explore ways to facilitate Writing for Wellbeing groups. It's a short introduction to the practice of Writing for Wellbeing and to things to consider when participants identify as having extra support needs.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • This is an advanced course for students with experience and skills in this subject
  • Writing for Wellbeing practitioners come from a variety of professional backgrounds. You will already have a commitment to your own writing practice and an interest in literature. You will probably have an interest in psychotherapeutic ideas and process and may have worked with groups.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Show an understanding of what is meant by Writing for Wellbeing
  • Show an understanding of factors to consider in setting up a group or a course of sessions
  • Show an understanding of how to keep a Writing for Wellbeing group safe and productive
  • Structure a Writing for Wellbeing session
  • Have ideas about what to do next

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam to use our video learning platform, Zoom. You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas to receive resources and record your progress.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing groups (1)


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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