Project name: Working with Words for Wellbeing
Participants: Creative practitioners or those interested in the field
Lead artist: Kerry Steed
Digital platform: Digital workshops
Working with Words for Well-being was a five-part online course to support, invigorate and develop practice. The course supported both established practitioners who would like to meet to share good practice, and those who are new to this work and wish to explore their interest. The sessions covered: writing for reflection and mindfulness; poetry in practice and play; holding creative and therapeutic writing spaces, including adaptation for online facilitation; practicalities, pitfalls and protocols. There was space for shared learning, discussion, resource pooling, and group support. With contributions from writer and practitioner, Debs Llewellyn, and poet and psychotherapist, Steve Thorp. The course is currently undergoing further development.
Kerry Steed is a practitioner and advocate of writing for wellbeing and in community-engagement. She has been privileged to develop projects and to meet and work with individuals and communities both in Wales and beyond the border. Kerry toured as an actor-musician before returning to her homeland of Pembrokeshire to follow a call to write; here, having realised the great benefit and potential of writing for wellbeing she shifted the focus of her creative practice to sharing this with others. Many practitioners have inspired and been instrumental to her developing practice, she looks forward to meeting more during this course.
“This is a time for connection, encouragement and compassion; a time to write for wellbeing. I hope to give space for practitioners to gather, to share our concerns and support; a space that offers opportunity for the grounding and nurturing that will help enable us to keep practising and reaching out.” – Kerry Steed