What is creative writing and how may it help us?
The heart of creative writing is writing for awareness and change. We pay attention to what emerges on the page and stay with the present moment experience. Together we keep ourselves present, available and hopeful.
When we write creatively we bring all of ourselves (body and mind) into the process. 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 for personal insight, and acts as a springboard for personal and professional growth, and wellbeing.
In a coaching session or workshop, we use short writing activities, usually one or two minutes. Creative writing is not necessarily concerned with the writing output per se. The practice of creative writing is used as an awareness tool and it can be applied to a variety of contexts, topics and ways of working.
‘The workshop left me buzzing and dreaming in new words.’
Miriam Taylor, Gestalt psychotherapist
‘Aline, it was a sublime couple of hours.’
Araxi Utidjian, Gestalt counsellor and mindfulness practitioner
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 also for those who are creative and those who believe they are not.
Writing creatively helps us to uncover what lies beneath the surface. 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 genuine dialogue, consider a wide range of possibilities, explore solutions, and attend to the job at hand.