Writing and Well-being
Can Writing Be Therapeutic?
Can Writing Be Therapeutic?

This article from BBC Bitesize explores the latest research into the benefits of writing. Includes interviews with the National Literacy Trust and writers such as Michael Morpurgo.

Can Writing Be Therapeutic?

Why You Should Write
Why You Should Write

Writer and poet, Cecilia Knapp, believes in the power of writing and sharing stories as a means for people to express themselves. In this TEDx talk, Cecilia highlights the impact that writing down ideas can have on your life.

Why You Should Write

The Power of Self Expression
The Power of Self Expression

Read this interview with Cecilia Knapp, poet, performer and First Story Writer-in-Residence.

The Power of Self Expression

How Writing Can Heal
How Writing Can Heal

I really believe in the power of creativity to help. For me, it’s writing. But equally all forms of creative expression are vital, whether that’s doodling on a napkin or listening to super loud music and singing along at the top of your lungs.


Read this article by poet and writer, Cecilia Knapp.

How Writing Can Heal

Creative Writing and Literature Programming at Vital Arts
Creative Writing and Literature Programming at Vital Arts

Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, one of the largest hospital trusts in the UK. Vital Arts are charitably funded to deliver art projects that enhance the hospital environment and, in turn, improve the patient experience. They offer patients, staff and visitors meaningful cultural encounters which they might not otherwise access. This engagement frequently proves inspiring and
mind-opening, thus making time spent in hospital more positive.

Literature plays a valuable role in our Patient Participation programming and we have developed various projects that explore creative writing, poetry, storytelling, theatre and other spoken word and literary forms that engage a wide range of patient groups.

Creative Writing and Literature Programming at Vital Arts

Creative Writing For Therapeutic Purposes
Creative Writing For Therapeutic Purposes

This study explores the lived, shared experience of an LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer] CWTP [creative writing for therapeutic purposes] group, as this appeared to be an under-researched area. The project investigated how CWTP can empower individuals and develop a sense of community as they work in a group.

The experience had a positive impact on each group member. The sessions produced more data than can be realistically portrayed in this dissertation, but acceptance, catharsis, and increased confidence with writing are just a few examples of the process’ many therapeutic outcomes.

Creative Writing For Therapeutic Purposes

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing
Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Published in July 2017, this report conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) explores the value of the creative arts in health, social care and wellbeing settings.

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Wound Healing & Expressive Writing
Wound Healing & Expressive Writing

Claudia Hammond talks to Kavita Vedhara about a new study that shows once more that simply writing about how you feel can speed up wound healing. Although this effect has been known since James Pennebaker’s landmark studies in the 1980’s, this is the first study to demonstrate that expressive writing after an injury can aid healing as much as doing it in advance of a wound. An important finding since we don’t always plan our wounds in advance.

Producer: Lorna Stewart.

Wound Healing & Expressive Writing