Qualifications and recommendations
MSc Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, Metanoia Institute
BA (Hons) English, Royal Holloway College, University of London
Diploma in Journalism (NCTJ-approved), City University, London
Diploma, Royal Society of Arts, London
City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education & Training
Lapidus, the National Association for Writing for Wellbeing in the UK
NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education
I am an adult learning tutor for Buckinghamshire Co Council.
I facilitate creative writing classes at a local arts centre.
I have given talks to students and to healthcare volunteers on applying creative writing for therapeutic purposes to research, to working with others and to developing their own writing.
I have facilitated a fortnightly creative writing group for Mind, plus ad hoc groups on ‘express yourself through writing’ where requested. I have also designed and delivered creative writing courses for the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association).
I have visited local hospice day centres, to write with and for patients, using a variety of stimuli and approaches.
‘I wanted to say a huge thank you for the wonderful work you have been doing. The patients have really enjoyed working with you and it has been truly inspiring and very moving. I am so pleased that the patients have engaged with the creative writing process, and this has been down to your skill and manner – thank you again.’
Day Services and AHP Team Leader
Sobell House Hospice
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
‘Gabrielle has captured the essence of having fun with creative words, word play and stimulation, with sensitivity to others in a group setting. Her visits are welcomed and enjoyed by all in Day Hospice.’
Florence Nightingale Hospice
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
‘I enjoy being able to write and like to practise writing in the group. The teacher is very helpful.’
‘Gabrielle is always so enthusiastic about the work we do together.’
‘I’ve felt able to laugh and, just as importantly, cry, reconnecting with parts of myself I’d frozen out.’
‘Gabrielle’s is the best writing course I’ve ever been on.’
‘The course has give me permission to free-fall.’
‘I don’t just write in black and white, I look for the colour in the gaps between.’
Comments by participants of writing groups
I’ve really loved this writing course
so sensitively run
lots of tricky things to do
and readings when they’re done
everybody listened to
the work produced diverse
good examples to explore
a mix of prose and verse
full of helpful comments
a creative way to learn
I hope there’ll be another one
to come back to next term
Chrissie – writing group participant