Coaching with creative writing
Writing creatively enables us to become aware of our unfolding individual experience within the collective experience. Writing in this way harnesses the power of simple words for personal insight, and acts as a springboard for personal and professional growth and wellbeing.
What is creative writing and how may it help us?
Creative writing for professional and life purposes enables us to lay the problems and the unsaid feelings on the page in order for us to make sense of them. In a coaching session, we use short writing activities, anywhere between two and ten minutes. Creative writing in coaching is not concerned with the writing output per se. The heart of creative writing in coaching is writing for awareness and mobilisation to action (i.e. change).
Who is creative writing for?
The short answer is, for everybody:
- For those who fear writing.
- For those who love it.
- For those who are indifferent to it.
Creative writing is for those who are creative and those who believe they are not. We might have a clear idea of what changes we want to make, or just be aware of some difficulties and can just about articulate our needs in a general way.
The case for writing differently
Writing differently (i.e. creatively) helps us to uncover what lies beneath the surface. The process of writing creatively is a process whereby, through our written words, we become aware of something that was not only out of sight but also something that we could not verbalise.
When we write differently we bring all of ourselves (body and mind) into the process. We aim to write without judgement. We never write under pressure. Sometimes we write with mischievousness. Sometimes we write to off-load. Most of the time, we write from a place of indecision and not-knowing.
The process of writing creatively enables us to become aware of our unfolding individual experience within the collective experience. Writing in this way harnesses the power of simple words, our words, for personal insight, and acts as a springboard for personal and professional growth, and wellbeing.
Writing creatively means expressing ourselves, mindful that cognition and emotions are essentially tangled. Once we start to untangle the knots through self-expression we can change perspective, venture beyond our past, initiate dialogue, consider a wide range of possibilities, explore solutions, and attend to the job at hand.
In short, we are better equipped to step into our future with more clarity, a stronger sense of purpose, and with courageous confidence to be and work with others.
Fees for individual coaching follow a sliding scale. There is a different fee structure for organisational coaching and facilitation. Please contact me to discuss these fees.