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WriteWell Launches Campaign to Support Health and Wellbeing through Writing

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WriteWell, the online writing for wellbeing community, is inviting writers and ‘non-writers’ alike to take part in its campaign to celebrate the power of the written word. The final result will be a book that draws on real-life experiences to show what #writingcan do to enrich our daily lives.

Writing has long been used by individuals as a way to support mental health and wellbeing, whether through diaries, stories or poetry. Now, a growing body of evidence demonstrates the wide variety of ways that writing can have a positive impact on our minds, bodies and lives – from stressed out students to overworked nurses to anyone dealing with change or trauma. * 

While many published authors and poets are already familiar with writing’s wellbeing benefits, it can be just as beneficial for people who may not consider themselves to be ‘writers’ in the traditional sense. From gratitude lists and positive affirmations, to heartfelt letters, pros & cons lists, journalling, and more, writing can be used in many different ways.

WriteWell is a wellbeing initiative from the Professional Writing Academy. From diaries to letters, emails to shopping lists, texts to social media, many people write on a regular basis. WriteWell is about tuning into the power of writing and creativity for self-care. Through its online platform, individuals can add simple but effective strategies to their wellbeing and recovery toolkits. There are everyday activities for those finding their way with writing alongside bitesize classes and longer courses. Plus, there is a weekly writing group, monthly workshops with writing and wellbeing experts, a Book of the Month and a library of online resources. For more information visit: https://www.writewellcommunity.com

Professional Writing Academy (PWA) was the UK’s first online writing school. It offers a wide portfolio of writing courses where would-be authors can come to learn regardless of their background, level of experience and location — at a time of the day or night that suits them. We offer a learning path that allows writers to make their own map and navigate to different destinations as they progress. PWA run courses around fiction writing, academic writing, writing for wellbeing, and writing for business. To date around 5,000 learners from 84 countries have completed PWA courses. https://www.profwritingacademy.com 

Kate McBarron, writing for wellbeing practitioner and tutor at WriteWell, says: ‘I’ve been really touched by some of the feedback we’ve received so far. People are using writing to make sense of tricky situations, to solve problems, to bring relief and to connect with loved ones. Simple writing activities can make such a difference. It’s wonderful to read people’s experiences and thoughts on how writing has helped.’

WriteWell is inviting anyone who has found writing to be beneficial for their wellbeing, in whatever way, to get in touch**. Individuals can send in as much or as little detail as they like, from just a sentence about the value of writing to a longer example of how writing has helped them. There are a range of ways to send in feedback. In this first stage, submissions will be used to develop core themes for the #writingcan book.

Christina Bunce, Director at WriteWell, comments: ‘Over the years, we’ve seen how writing can support people’s wellbeing through our courses at the Professional Writing Academy. Now we want to spread the word even further. Writing is affordable, accessible and can be used in a huge variety of ways. There are so many reasons for people to include writing in their wellbeing toolkit.’

See here for more information about the science behind WriteWell.

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