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In Term 3, 2024 we will be offering a new 2-week Writing Therapy course, with a new (to us) tutor, Devi. Melissa will be taking a break from teaching Writing with us, but we hope she might return in the future!

 

Writing Therapy - REGISTER HERE

Writing is a powerful medium in allaying grief or just to get your mind sorted to feel better. The well-being attached to writing are similar to art and music therapy. Just doing the activity and exposing what is in your heart, head or soul is enough to move a person onto the activities you would prefer to do instead of feeling bogged down, confused and empty.

Using pictures to focus as well as dramatic performance tools such as the monologue, your writing voice will be captured and a sense of self restored.

Self-connection is the key to unlocking this work. Come along and join us, there will be simple guided exercises -- you do not need to be an experienced writer to participate. Or you can use this time to improve your writing skills.

Bring your IT devices or just use pen on paper or particular writing implements such as markers or whatever you feel comfortable to use. Making choices and being with others doing the same and feeling your way into the piece will help locate your inner voice/self.

Devi has been a writing tutor for U3A Townsville for two years, producing an anthology and reading performance with a grant from Arts Queensland. She has facilitated writing therapy groups in mental health sites for 3 years and ran the writing component for young mothers exhibition in Preston, Melbourne. She has degrees in Professional Writing, Social Work and Grief Counselling. More recently, she has ventured into producing writing zines with art in Ballarat.

When
12.30 pm - 2.30 pm, Thursdays
2-week course, starting on Thursday 15 August, 2024

  1. 15 August
  2. 22 August

Where
Ballarat East Neighbourhood House Community Room, Barkly Square, Ballarat East

Cost
$40 for the 2-week course

To find out more, visit the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House website.

Please note that a minimum of 7 people will be required to register for this course to proceed.

This activity is a Learn Local activity, with costs subsidised through the Victorian State Government's Adult and Community Further Education (ACFE) program in partnership with the Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre

Registration

REGISTER HERE

For help, see our step-by-step guide to registering online, or contact us

You will need to complete some ACFE paperwork in your first class and some subsequent classes. Please bring your Medicare card, Drivers' Licence, or other suitable ID to the first class.

Please note that a minimum of 6 people will be required to register for this course to proceed.

COVID-Safe
In order to keep everyone involved with the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House safe, we strongly recommend wearing a face-mask when practical to do so and using hand sanitiser regularly. Please do not attend activities with the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House if you have cold/flu symptoms. We will happily refund any pre-paid registration if you are unable to attend due to illness or potential COVID-19 exposure.

You can view the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House COVID-Safe Plan.

Questions?

For any questions, please contact us. We are available from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm Tuesdays to Fridays during school term.

Typewriter photo by Suzy Hazelwood, from pexels.

 

Past courses not running in Term 3, 2024 

Please contact us to register your interest to attend if this course runs again in the future.

In Term 2 2024, the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House is offering an 8-week series of Writing workshops, with local author and poet, Melissa Watts. 

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The workshops will include writing exercises, and also time to work on a writing project of your choice, that you might have already started or that you are looking to start.

Each week you will have the opportunity to work on your project, to give and receive feedback, and ask questions and work through any problems together, allowing the opportunity to learn and develop writing skills together.

When and Where

All classes will run Thursdays, 12.15 pm - 2.45 pm in the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House Community Room, Barkly Square, Ballarat East.

Cost

8-week course, $80

This activity is a Learn Local activity, with costs subsidised through the Victorian State Government's Adult and Community Further Education (ACFE) program in partnership with the Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre