Join Kat McNichol of Dreamers Creative Writing at the University of Guelph!
Attend Kat’s writing workshop at the University of Guelph Writers Workshop. Her workshop is scheduled for:
Sunday, March 4th, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:15 pm.
Writing to Find Yourself
The study of therapeutic writing, also known as writing for wellness, expressive writing and developmental creative writing, has only lately arisen as a significant area of study, however, recent research has shown that writing is good for your health.
Writing studies, including narrative therapy studies that incorporate writing, have noted a number of benefits, including improvements in self-image and mental health, improvements in writing structure and spelling, a reduction in ADHD symptoms, and improvements in behaviour. People who undertake a therapeutic writing practice experience emotional improvements in their sense of self and overall confidence.
Participate in a series of writing prompts designed to explore themes connected to their lived experience. Learn techniques for restorying self; explore approaches to self-reflective writing; understand writing for personal development; and share your writing with the course instructor and fellow participants.
Kat McNichol is the Co-Editor for the Journal of Integrated Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of DreamerWriting.com, a website she co-founded in 2017. She is also a Director of Marketing-Communications in Waterloo and has spent the past 12+ years writing marketing copy for the high-tech industry. Kat holds a B.A. in English Literature, and an MAIS in Writing and New Media, and Literary Studies. She is currently taking a PhD in Career Writing at the University of Tilburg where she is using autoethnography and writing as method to research the impact that therapeutic writing has on career identity.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous trade publications, journals, and anthologies including: Riverfeet Press; the Journal of Arts and Humanities; and Every Day Fiction. She was longlisted for Pulp Literature’s Bumblebee Flash Fiction contest and shortlisted for their Raven Short Story contest and two of her stories were shortlisted for the 2017 Eden Mills Literary Contest.
About the University of Guelph Writers Workshop
Registration opens January 15th for the University of Guelph Writers Workshop 2018. This two-day event is FREE for everyone, including the general public. Choose from 22 exciting hands-on workshops for writers of all levels. Attend only one workshop or attend them all. Topics include creative fiction, memoirs, academic writing, therapeutic writing, editing, grammar & style, mindfulness, brain research, publishing, and so much more. For more information and to register, visit the University of Guelph Writers Workshop website.
*This article was published on December 29, 2018.