Do you need a way to de-stress, boost positivity and kickstart your creativity?
An online writing community designed to support mental health and wellbeing is launching 22 February. WriteWell offers people the opportunity to explore writing as a practical self-care tool to boost health and happiness — no writing experience is necessary.
WriteWell offers the opportunity to tune into the power that writing and creativity have to bring perspective and fresh insight, particularly in difficult times. A growing body of research shows that writing and creativity can have a positive effect on mental health and help to build resilience. At the same time, being part of a learning community and writing alongside others can motivate, inspire change, and help alleviate feelings of isolation.
WriteWell is designed to work for people from all education levels and backgrounds, and as well as supporting mental health offers the opportunity to develop writing and creative skills that are much in demand in the professional arena.
The online platform offers a variety of learning activities for members to take part in. There are quizzes, a monthly book group, live workshops with writing and wellbeing experts, and creative prompts for those finding their way with writing as well as longer in-depth courses run in small groups.
WriteWell offers a safe learning space with moderators managing the community day to day, helping members find and complete activities. It is easy to access and easy to use.
The online community has been developed by the Professional Writing Academy which already offers advanced therapeutic writing courses and has nearly 20 years’ experience of building online learning communities and premium courses.
Musician Katie Melua took part in a fiction writing course designed by Professional Writing Academy and it helped her to create lyrics for her latest album. Katie said of the course: ‘I always struggled with lyrics… I’m not a short story writer, I’m not a poet, but it was looking at what these areas could teach me and could show me, and in the process I essentially really fell in love with composing with words, and then blending words with music and with a melody. That special tie between those two elements is really quite something.’
WriteWell launches 22 February 2021.
PRS members can reserve their free three-month place by heading to the logged in area of the website.