Fiona Clark – Writing for Wellbeing: The Leaf and the Pea

About the Session

This presentation shares strategies for using the act of writing to improve mood and wellbeing, and help connect us to ourselves, others and the world.

Expressive writing or creative writing for therapeutic purposes can help both mental and physical wellbeing. This presentation explores how engaging in and enjoying the process of writing can help to clarify thoughts and feelings and improve mood and positivity.

I will be using some poems from my new anthology The Leaf and the Pea, to demonstrate how poetry and literature can be used as a springboard for exploring the self in order to heal, understand ourselves better, and boost our mental health.

About Fiona

Fiona Clark is a teacher and author and is known for her creative writing workshops for children and writing for wellbeing courses for grown-ups.

She is a University of Nottingham alumnus, has an English Honours Degree from Nottingham Trent University, and is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education.

Fiona has written for the Times Educational Supplement, and is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

She tweets at @spiralglass

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Publications available by Fiona Clark include

A Practical Guide to Creative Writing for Schools, Seven Creative Writing Projects for ages 8-14 (2021) Taylor and Francis, London, England. Available for pre-order:

The Leaf and the Pea: An Observer’s Anthology of Poems, on Life, Nature and the World Around Us (2021) KDP, Washington, United States of America.

Things Nobody Tells You When You’re Growing Up (2020) KDP, Washington, United States of America.

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