Health, wellness and creativity – cultivate your interest

ESF Get Creative! The ESF Get Creative programme is delivered as part of the ESF Widening Participation through Skills Project.

Cultivate Programme Sessions are open to everybody – no dress code, no qualifications.¬† We strongly believe everybody is creative, everybody ‚Äėwrites‚Äô Writing is what you think, say, see, touch, feel and do – you just need to choose how to express it. These sessions will be fun, engaging and accessible – valuing everyday creativity.¬†

The focus will be on exploring ways to express yourself and find your voice where your creativity is also part of your wellbeing. There will be opportunities to explore poetry, journaling, haiku, scriptwriting, blogging/vlogging, oral and written storytelling, novel writing and biography.  

DIARIES/JOURNALING РSaturday 8th May  10-2pm  Why would we want to keep a diary? 

NEW ! date added due to demand DIARIES/JOURNALING No.2 – Saturday 22nd May 10 -2 pm

What is journaling? What does a diary and journaling mean to you?  

What are the wellbeing benefits of keeping a diary or journal? On this course we will explore ways to keep a journal from to do lists to remembering to dreaming through presentations, discussion and bite-sized interactive workshops.  This course will get you started and for those already journaling offer new ways, mediums and methods to explore your practice. 

Whilst we are thinking about diaries and journaling you will be invited to take part in a National day of recording for Mass Observation Survey Day on May 12th

After studying this course, you should be able to:  

HAIKU Saturday 29th May 10-2pm

HAIKU РWhat is a haiku? How can we create haiku?  Haiku is a short 3 line poem with a maximum of 17 syllables that can be fitted into your day, a chance to distill your thoughts and express your creativity. This is a course for those who want to dip their toe into haiku and have a go as well as for those already enjoying this form. We will explore the form, discuss ideas around haiku and take part in bite-sized workshops around themes. 

After studying this course, you should be able to:  

NOVEL WRITING Saturday 12th June 2020 10 – 2 pm

NOVELS РHow do we get into writing a novel? What are the novels we like and why? What sort of novel do you want to write? This course will look at different novel forms, help you create a structure for your novel and encourage other forms such as short stories to support your novel. We will also explore some writing styles through short workshops around dialogue and character.   

After studying this course, you should be able to:  

JOURNALISM – ARTICLE WRITING Saturday 26th June 2020 10 – 2 pm

ARTICLE WRITING РWhat makes a good article? Finding what you want to write an article about? Exploring informative writing styles that are entertaining too. Learning how to work to guidelines, word counts and deadlines.  What is your angle? We will have a chance to write a short article individually and as a group.

After studying this course, you should be able to:  

POETRY Saturday 10th July 10 – 2pm

POETRY РWhat is poetry? How can you bring poetry into your life? What poets do you like and why? Let’s start writing poetry and for those who are already writing poetry explore new ways to write. Lots of interactive and fun workshops to get you writing and find your voice. 

After studying this course, you should be able to:  


What makes a successful autobiography or biography? Do you have a story to tell?  Do you know someone whose story you want to tell? In this course we will explore ways to go about writing a biography and autobiography Рwhat to leave in, what to take out, tone, structure and format.  We will also discuss the motivations behind wanting to share a story and try out some short snippets of biographical or autobiographical writing.

After studying this course, you should be able to:  




These sessions will be run by Amanda White Writer (Poet, Childrens, Fiction and Travel) and Creative Practitioner with experience in education, healthcare, community and corporate settings and founder of THE DAILY HAIKU, with 5500+ members worldwide, supported by Paper Nations UK and writing for The Great Margin. 

Taking part in these courses you will have further opportunities for support, feedback and creativity by being part of our Get Creative Community in our Facebook Group where we will also share resources, events and links to other organisations.

Contact if you have any questions about these sessions