Short Course: Ways With Words Writing Retreat For Social Workers

Short Course: Ways With Words Writing Retreat For Social Workers

Date(s) - Mon 16th Nov - Wed 18th Nov, 2020
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT


The records we create for care experienced young people will undoubtedly contain information about what happened to them in their past, but can also have long-term effects on their memory, identity and therefore their future. During this short writing retreat, writers John Glenday and Louise Wallwein will lead you through some inspiring writing exercises and creative activities that will encourage you to tap into your creativity. Ultimately the skills and habits this course will develop in your writing will help you to form the sort of record that can build a better future for young people leaving the care system.

For a number of years, John Glenday worked as an addiction counsellor in the north and east of Scotland. He is the author of four poetry collections. The Apple Ghost (Peterloo Poets, 1989) won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and Undark was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for 1995. His third collection, Grain (Picador, 2009), was also a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, The Golden Mean (Picador, 2015), won the Roehampton Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Poetry Book of the Year.

An award-winning poet, playwright and performer from Manchester, Louise Wallwein was brought up in 13 different children’s homes and wrote her first play at the age of 17. Her career took off in 1998 when she performed an award-winning one-woman show on the wing of a World War II Shackleton reconnaissance aircraft. Since then her work has been broadcast by the BBC and produced by theatre and production companies both in the UK and abroad. During 2006, Louise was Poet in Residence, Queensland, Australia and Writer in Residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, Winnipeg, Canada.

This course is supported by our Life Changes Trust project. Places on this course are fully funded.
For further information about this course, or to book a place, please contact Andy Nixseaman at or calling 01463 741 675.

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