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Thanks to funding from The Melksham Area Board and The Jack Lane Trust, Carer Support Wiltshire is running four creative writing workshops for unpaid carers.

Please note, all of these workshops are now fully booked.

72% of unpaid carers have not had any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic. If they had a break, research by Carers UK found they would like to use it to focus on their wellbeing (53%).

The sessions are for anyone with an interest in creative writing who is looking after someone – whether you’ve never tried before, or maybe you already have an established writing practice, these sessions will be a chance to connect with others, relax and hopefully learn some new techniques for writing.

Creative writing is known to be a way of boosting confidence, creativity and self-expression. Hosted at The Glove Factory in Holt, these sessions will be a rare treat for unpaid carers who often do not have time for themselves, with tea and coffee provided in the sessions, along with a selection of pastries from The Wild Herb Café. Each participant will also get a journal and pen to use and keep.

Sessions will be run by Georgia-May Stone, Communications Officer for Carer Support Wiltshire and author. Georgia has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing, and has recently finished her debut novel, The Outside, which is in the process of being published.

Each session will be focused on a different topic and carers can choose to come to all four sessions, or just the ones they are interested in. Places are limited and booking is essential.

Session 1: How to create exciting characters and realistic dialogue. 30 March 3pm – 5pm

Session 2: Introduction to poetry. 5 April 11am – 1pm

Session 3: Creating short stories and flash fiction. 22 April 10am – 12pm

Session 4: Life-writing and telling your story. 6 June 1pm – 3pm

Session four will be a special session held in Carers Week and will focus on how to write from your own experiences and how sharing your story can help others in similar situations. There will also be a prize draw with two gift cards for a year’s magazine subscription.

To book your place, call Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118, or email admin@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk