Journal Writing

Using 'Slack' to share and chat

Journal writing has no rules – the beauty of the form is that we are free to use writing to explore thoughts, feelings and reflections whenever it feels right and in whatever way suits us in a private place. There are times, however, when prompts and timed activities might be helpful for inspiration or when our writing and emotions need some containment. 

These workshops will introduce you to a wide range of journaling techniques. Each week you will be given a variety of prompts to encourage creativity along with background reading material and models for your own writing. 

Using the Slack online platform, participants will be invited to read and comment briefly on each other’s work.

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open to everyone

free to take part

Maggie Sawkins

Maggie Sawkins began writing poetry at the age of nine and had her first poems published in ‘Hampshire Poets’ when she was seventeen. Her poetry collections include Charcot’s Pet (Flarestack), The Zig Zag Woman (Two Ravens Press), Zones of Avoidance (Cinnamon Press), and Many Skies Have Fallen, (Wild Mouse Press). In 2014 she won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her live literature production, Zones of Avoidance, which has been performed at literature festivals and theatres throughout the country. Maggie runs creative writing workshops in community and healthcare settings. Her most recent projects include the Penned-Up Literature Festival at HMP Downview, and Community Conversations for the refugee and asylum seeker community in Portsmouth in partnership with Journeys Festival International. Maggie regularly runs poetry workshops at Portsmouth Central Library for people affected by substance misuse, mental ill health and/or homelessness. She recently collaborated on a project with the Good Mental Health Co-operative enabling people to take part in a ‘From the Heart’ poetry recital for Bookfest 2020. Maggie holds an MA with distinction in Creative Writing.


Funding for this series of the Mental Wealth Academy

Awards for All National Lottery

National Emergencies Trust (NET)

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation HIWCF