Chesterfield Library, Derbyshire
Try writing for wellbeing at Chesterfield Library, this workshop will focus on the theme of touch. Using a series of fun and engaging prompts, you’ll be encouraged to unlock your imagination and put pen to paper. Working within a safe and respectful space, therapeutic writing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement. No previous knowledge or experience of writing is needed, writers of all levels of experience are welcome. You should be aged 18 years and above. All writing materials will be provided.
Leonie Martin is a freelance writer, workshop facilitator and author of fiction and non-fiction works, including publications for the financial services sector and lifestyle magazines. She has had short stories and poetry published in anthologies including the award-winning Perspectives (Wingerworth Wordsmiths, 2008) and has written three commissioned nonfiction books; Multiple Sclerosis – the Essential Guide (2010), Volunteering – the Essential Guide (2011) and 150 Years of St Mary’s Catholic High School, Chesterfield ( 2015).
Drawing on experience as a funded writer on the Arts Council England funded Writing Ambitions- Derbyshire Residencies Scheme, Leonie has recently been awarded funding by Derbyshire County Council’s “5 Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Scheme” to deliver writing workshops for a local mental health charity. She is also a trained, volunteer Reader Leader for national charity The Reader and facilitates shared reading sessions with residents in care homes and sheltered housing schemes. Leonie is currently researching and writing a novel based on the life of a fourteenth century Dutch girl, believed to be the first documented case of multiple sclerosis, and which explores themes of identity, invisible illness and its enduring stigma.
Tickets are price £5.83 and can be booked on Eventbrite or at any Derbyshire County Council Library. Places are limited so early booking advised.
The writing ambitions: Derbyshire Residencies Scheme is managed by Derbyshire County Council and supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.