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MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP)

Email cristina.soares@metanoia.ac.uk

A part-time Masters taught at weekends (7 live online and 3 in person in Bristol UK per year)

To register for an Introductory Workshop & Information session (held each month) CLICK HERE https://metanoia.heiapply.com/application/register

Frequently asked questions


What is Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes?

An interactive reflexive practice based on creative writing process that combines creative writing and reflection to understand, communicate and explore human story.

Its therapeutic purposes include developing healthy and aware relationships with self, each other in society and with the more-than-human world and extend to attending to wider social narratives and ways of reframing them.

It employs a range of forms and genres and is not restricted to pen on page but includes multimodal artforms, spoken word, and the body. It draws on literary and psychological therapies’ theories and encourages interdisciplinary exploration.

Journalling, bibliotherapy, poetry therapy, autoethnography, forms and perspectives, narratives approaches are among the strands of this practice.


What will I do on the course?

This course is for people fascinated by writing and its many applications. You will write in diverse forms, engage in conversations, learn theory, make creative portfolios, write essays, participate in reflexive discussions, and complete a dissertation.


What will I gain from doing this course?


You will develop as a creative writer, practitioner and researcher, acquire a sound understanding of the practice and theories underpinning CWTP, gain skills and confidence to design and facilitate sessions for diverse needs, learn and grow alongside others in a stimulating participatory group.

A reflexive, exploratory and sometimes playful approach to exploring the possibilities of ‘writing’ and ‘therapeutic’ in individual, group and social contexts.


What does the course content comprise?

Here is a summary of the modules. Further information is provided in our Introductory Workshops and at interview


Module 1 – Introduction to Creative Writing and its Therapeutic Applications

Day 1 Introduction to the Working Alliance and Ways of working

Day 2 The Journal and the Journey

Day 3 What is a Writer/Writing? Day 4 Sharing Creative Writing Day 5 Autobiographical Fiction

Day 6 Introduction to Building Relationships and the Creative Process

Day 7 Preparation for Counselling, Reflective Practice, Support and Supervision Day 8 The Field of CWTP

Module 2- Reflective Personal Writing

Day 1 Telling Our Stories Day 2 Form and Content

Day 3 Poetry Therapy Workshop Day 4 Making New Wholes

Day 5 Characters and Voices

Day 6 Creative Reflective Work and Findings


Module 3 - Therapeutic Settings and Established Theories

Day 1 Working with Mental Health

Day 2 Whole Person Healthcare

Day 3 Belonging and Identity

Day 4 Compassion and recovery

Day 5 Body, Mind, Nature

Day 6 Findings and Endings



Module 4 – Facilitating Therapeutic Groups

Day 1 The Journey and Groupwork

Day 2 Roles in Groups

Day 3 The Therapeutic Relationship and Groups

Day 4 Power and Control in Groups

Day 5 Student Presentations & Methods of Communication in Groups

Day 6 Student Presentations & Risk and Safety in Groups

Day 7 Groupwork Day

Day 8 Introduction to Research Methodologies

Module 5 – Preparing to Research a Topic of Curiosity in CWTP

  Day 1 Phenomenological Research Approaches

  Day 2 Using Narrative in Research

Day 3 Preparing to Research a Topic of Curiosity in CWTP

Day 4 Being a Writer/Being a Researcher

Day 5 Student Presentations on a topic of personal interest

Day 6 Student Presentations on a topic of personal interest

Module 6 - Research Methodologies for Therapeutic Settings

  Day 1 Research Methodologies – Autoethnography

  Day 2 Research Methodologies – Case Studies and Action Research

  Day 3 Student Presentations on potential research topic

Day 4 Student Presentations on potential research topic

Day 5 Practicality / Dissertation

Day 6 Finding and Endings



Module 7: Dissertation

Students’ independent guided research exploring a topic of interest to the student in a dissertation of 15K words.


Please email Academic Coordinator Cristina Soares cristina.soares@metanoia.ac.uk for further information