What is it?
In Creative Contact you and I enter into a written dialogue. I provide you with writing invitations designed to help you gently explore aspects of your life, including those which might be challenging. You are guided in how to use writing freely and creatively for discovery, expression, and release.
I encourage you to share whatever you feel comfortable sharing with me so I can respond with observations, support, and suggestions for further exploration. I respond to what I see of you through your writing; there is no focus on the style or quality of the writing. I am interested only in you, and what you are showing me through your words.
This dialogue is carried out over email, meaning you can engage at whatever time suits you, and from your choice of location. There is no commitment to a particular timescale and you can work at your own pace.
Alongside writing suggestions, I may offer texts, poems, and images for inspiration, and which may provide solace in themselves.
A one-to-one online correspondence
using creative, reflective, and expressive writing
to increase your wellbeing
How does it work?
Writing has been proven to be a highly effective tool for increasing wellbeing, whether we are writing from experience or imagination. There are many creative ways of writing from experience, which can help us to understand and express ourselves. Imaginative writing can take us beyond the everyday and into new perspectives; the imagination has been described as a resource in us “where access to deep sources of problem-solving can be found.” *
Looking for the words which chime with our experience is a way of focusing beyond the surface. Sometimes imagery helps, giving us a way to explore something that feels vague and elusive, or providing powerful symbols to work with.
Finding the right words or image can bring a sense of satisfaction and ease, Giving voice to thoughts and feelings which are usually silenced can feel empowering, and giving form to what has been suppressed can bring great relief. As Mark Nepo says, “What is not expressed is depressed”.
Sharing what we write can bring a sense of meaningful connection. Having a companion as you reflect on your experiences and aspects of yourself, through your writing, can help you to gain deeper insights and new perspectives.
Writing can also be a tool for looking outwards beyond yourself and your life to feel more in contact with the world around you and with nature. A balance of looking both inside us and around us is good for our wellbeing.
Who is it for?
Creative Contact is for anyone wishing to explore their experiences through the written word. You may be someone who feels more comfortable expressing yourself in written forms than verbally, or you may find that metaphor helps you to explore and express yourself more effectively. You may already use a journal, or find consolation in poetry. However, you do not need any previous experience of writing or of reading literature to enjoy and benefit from Creative Contact. I will guide you through the process and we will discover together what works for you and what doesn’t.
What does it cost?
A set of opening questions and writing invitations are provided free. When you reply with your writing, I will spend time reading and reflecting on what you have shared. I will then compose a personal response to you, along with further material and writing suggestions based on what you have communicated. These will include creative writing suggestions to spark the next phase of your writing journey, and journaling practices to try. Each of these personal responses costs £45.
There is no fixed timescale. You can work your own pace and take as much time as you like with your writing. You might want a weekly exchange between us, or prefer to correspond much less frequently, as and when needed.
The £45 fee is paid by BACS after each exchange.
If you have any questions about Creative Contact, or want to try it, please email me on email@example.com
*(Sheikh and Assagioli)