Outer And Inner Journeys: Therapeutic Writing

Our decisions to start any journey involves thought and contemplation. Using poetry and therapeutic writing you will embark on a journey of self- discovery to find your unique voice. This is a practical and experiential course that is open to anyone, at any level. It is for both personal and professional development. It will be of interest to anyone who enjoys writing or journaling.

Who is this course for

This is a practical and experiential course that is open to anyone, at any level. It is for both personal and professional development. It will be of interest to anyone who enjoys writing or journaling or for those who enjoy self- discovery activities and wants to learn more about themselves using creative activities, poetry and writing.
No previous experience of poetry or expressive writing is required, just a willingness to share, reflect and experiment with words in a supportive environment.

What does this course cover

- Define poetry therapy
- Name the benefits of therapeutic writing
- Identify two ways of how poetry and writing increases self-awareness
- Create an acrostic
- List three different poetry therapy exercises

What will it be like

- Tutor led presentations and demonstrations
- Group activities and discussion
- Creative and self-reflective writing exercises
- Practical tasks / Writing Prompts
- Guided imagery and a range of creative exercises facilitated by the tutor

Your progress on the course will be assessed by the following methods.
- Observation
- Peer and self-assessment
- Quizzes/ Games/Crosswords
- Journal

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:


You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
All art materials and poems are provided, but please bring your own notebook.
A pen or pencil which enables you to write quickly and freely

What this course could lead to

Once this course is completed students will be sign posted to a range of personal development, poetry therapy and writing for wellbeing courses.

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’