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My Creative Writing Group Sessions always leave me feeling like I have taken a little journey into a new world of endless possibilities, a world where it can be of utter truths or pure fantasies. At other times these sessions take me back in time challenging forgotten memories. These creative writing sessions not only give us an opportunity to engage in creative writing exercises, they also give us the opportunity – to listen to others whilst they share their precious words.
CREATIVE WRITING SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
During this creative writing session, our usual creative writing facilitator was unwell and we had the organisation’s facilitator as a stand in for our usual facilitator on this day. We were asked to write a number of pieces and there were two that stood out for me. This following is my second writing piece. We were asked to pick a number between one and twenty, I chose number one. The facilitator then gave me the corresponding word for number one. This process followed through with each participant with us all having a different single word. Our instructions was to write a very quick paragraph about the word we had each been given. My word was ‘Support’ and my creative writing piece is here below:-
MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE
Title: “Support” Prose Poem
Support me please! I need your support. Don’t turn away and leave me standing here, alone and destitute. I need you… I know, I know, I am a pain and I know I ask for too much but don’t leave me. I will not make it without you -- come back, don’t go… It’s OK. I can be strong. I will be strong. I will support me. I can do it! Yes - I have done it. Thank self... Prose Poem © Karen Robinson - October 2015
I don’t know where these words of mine came from, I just wrote what came into my head and allowed for the words to fall upon the page. We all had a chance to read out our paragraph and during the reading of my own – I was shocked at hearing my own voice reading my words. After thinking about it, I realized that it reflected my art for therapy and creative writing journey, that I had reached a place where I was truly OK.
CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!
After each creative writing session, I personally like to use my creative writing stories to inspire an art work. These artworks are not ‘masterpieces’ but are an important part of a therapeutic process that I enjoy; and helps complete my art for therapy journey after each creative writing group session. These particular paintings/art works are produced in a quick and spontaneous manner and is unlike my other painting method – which is planned and takes many, many hours to complete. I enjoy both methods!
Writing and sharing our stories within these creative writing sessions – gives us all an opportunity to reveal to ourselves and to others – if we wish, matters that may be unresolved, things we seek to bring into our lives and/or just the pure joy of being able to articulate words without judgement. And/or perhaps just for our own personal need to say out loud in a safe and secure environment amongst like-minded people. Creative writing therapy at its best I feel…
© Karen Robinson, October 2015
NB: For the purposes of this weblog series “Creative Writing Group”, I will not be mentioning any names or personal details of participants or even the name of the organisation that runs the sessions. Individuals have the right to privacy, so it will only be about my own experience – and broad statements about each particular session. I hope you will understand.
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