Tuesday, 11 June 2013

A burning question

This kind of info is missing from the introduction to my thesis:

Does anyone have some facts an figures about writing groups in the UK and/or other countries? 
I don't mean creative writing courses, but group work that uses writing as a tool for general personal development and wellbeing. 
Like: how many ’recognised’ (whatever that means) facilitators there are, in which fields writing groups are used (e.g adult education, physical health, mental health, prisons, vulnerable populations (homeless, refugees, disabled). 
And I'd like to know more about the extent to which the use of writing groups has changed (increased?) over the last 20 years or so.

This is what a typical small writing group looks like, 
with thanks to the participants of a Leeds Lapidus facilitator course
April 2013 at the Leeds Art Gallery

1 comment:

  1. Channa, your work is very interesting, and I'm happy to see that you're doing this study. Since 2007, I have facilitated journaling groups for people with brain injury--six weeks at a time, now offered four times a year, often with many of the same people attending--and have seen the many benefits that they have discovered through the writing and sharing. While these are not creative writing groups, the opportunity to explore their lives after the trauma of a brain injury is valuable. The groups give participants a chance to discover and explore their new stories. Keep up your good work!

    Barbara Stahura