Writing improves wellbeing

Since publishing my first book in 2013, I’ve shared my love of creativity through writing workshops and online activity.

Studies prove that expressive writing can have a positive impact expressive on somebody who feels stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. 

As someone who suffered in silence for years, I know the importance of having an outlet. Sometimes we don’t know what we think or how we feel until we’ve written it down and read it back.

Word power in workshops

I deliver writing workshops independently and by commission. I’ve previously worked with organisations such as Scottish Women’s Aid, MAIA, and Near Neighbours.

I create workshops that meet the needs and interest of different community groups. This is informed by an initial consultation.

These workshops are interactive, therapeutic and focus primarily on journaling and self-care.

I deliver the workshops online to a groups of up to 15 people.

I recently asked Annika to deliver a creative-writing workshop at Anawim Women's Centre in Balsall Heath in Birmingham. The centre works with women who have had experience of violence and abuse, and of the criminal justice system, and for the past year the National Literacy Trust has been delivering monthly author visits and creative writing workshops. Annika was an absolute joy to take to Anawim, her workshop was wonderful and she really connected with the women. From start to finish, Annika was nothing but professional, responsive and seemed incredibly passionate about the cause of the project.

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