Writing for Wellbeing and Self-awareness
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In our fast-paced and stress-fuelled culture, we are constantly reminded we must take care of our wellbeing.
How to do this doesn’t always seem so clear. This course explores ways that writing can be used as a tool kit for developing personal wellbeing strategies.
As well as introducing you to underpinning theories about why writing can be useful for wellbeing and self-awareness, this course invites you to participate in a wide range of exercises aimed to promote self-awareness and foster a sense of wellbeing.
This course is suitable for all with an interest in the topic, regardless of previous writing experience. The emphasis is on engagement and encouragement within a supportive group environment.
Learning and teaching
The module will be delivered through 10 two-hour sessions, made up of class discussions, small group work and workshops. Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central.
Topics are likely to include:
- writing for self-expression including responding to a variety of stimuli and texts
- journaling or diary keeping
- writing as healing, including the use of free writing and catharsis, and narrative re-telling
- writing therapeutically, including page dialogue and unsent letters.
- writing for self-care, including sensory exploration through the written word
- writing for self-learning, understanding and growth, including reflective writing and reflexivity
Coursework and assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
You will produce a Writing for Wellbeing Reflective portfolio (1,500-2,000 words).
This portfolio will contain expressive and reflective work which will demonstrate an understanding of some of the key principles of writing for wellbeing and personal development. The portfolio will be developed from the work produced during in-class exercises although there is some expectation that learners engage with further written reflection in their own time. Written work for this module is not graded according to creative writing marking conventions, rather by evidence of engagement with tasks.
The course tutor will provide references to primary or secondary material and handouts as relevant to the course and particular interests of the group.
Library and computing facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.