Writing and Well-being Weekend

Fri 25 October 2024 - Sun 27 October 2024
Tutors / clare e. potter & Iola Ynyr
Course Fee / From £275 - £375 per person
Genres / Health & WellbeingNon-FictionScriptwriting
Language / BilingualEnglishWelsh

How can writing and creativity support our health and well-being? How can language and words help us explore our feelings, identify our anxieties, and better understand our place in the world? During this revitalizing and instructive weekend course, you will be invited to respond to various creative pieces spanning across poetry and theatre. Alongside expanding your literary context, you’ll be encouraged to engage in your own writing with an aim to connect with yourself and others. The tutors, experienced writers and facilitators clare e. potter and Iola Ynyr will also be on-hand to share best practice when it comes to designing and delivering creative writing workshops for health and well-being purposes in various community settings.

The tutors will nurture a supportive, safe, and inclusive space where you’ll be encouraged to express yourself creatively as you form a new network of likeminded writers and practitioners. There will also be time to explore the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of Tŷ Newydd to help deepen your connection with nature and find a sense of peace.

The course welcomes both professional writers and people with no prior experience of writing. The course is also suitable for practitioners interested in using their learning to help others, for example as facilitators of creative writing groups.

This is a bilingual course, and the tutors will be on-hand to support both Welsh and English-speaking participants.


clare e. potter

clare e. potter is a Welsh-speaking writer and performer. Her awards include two Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries, the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry and the Jim Criddle prize for celebrating the Welsh language. She has translated the work of the National Poet of Wales, was a Hay Festival Writer at Work and performed at the Smithsonian Folk-Life Festival, USA. She also studied and taught in New Orleans for a decade. Her current focus is on well-being and learning through nature and she has had several residencies and commissions to create work around these themes. Thanks to Arts Council funding, clare is learning poetry therapy practice. Early in 2023 she will be presenting two BBC radio programmes about poetry. Her second collection was written with thanks to a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary and a grant from the Society of Authors and will be published in 2024.



Iola Ynyr

Iola Ynyr is a writer, playwright, director and facilitator of participatory workshops. She is passionate about promoting the well-being of individuals and communities through creativity by connecting with the natural world. Her participatory projects include Ar y dibyn, a project by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru for individuals living with addiction, Gwledda for Llenndiathie Cymru promoting well-being in the face of climate change along with MWY, a creative project for women and those who identify is feminine. She founded Ynys Blastig with a group of artists who operate through artistic nudges and Cylchdro with Sioned Medi, to voice female experiences of the world. Ffenast Siop was staged by Theatr Bara Caws recently, a play Iola co-wrote with Carys Gwilym.

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