All posts by martynb

‘Stories which need to be told’

Chrissie is currently offering supported life story writing sessions with families whose stories need to be told. Contact us if you would like to know more about this. My first contact with M was through the Erewash rEvive ‘Art in an Empty Shop’ initiative when I’d led workshops and drop in sessions for Erewash residents … Read more

Winter Writing Retreat

Escape to Denman, a beautiful Georgian Mansion set in 17 acres of grounds, the perfect place for an indulgent Winter Writing Retreat. Make 2020 the year you dig out that unfinished writing project languishing in a drawer, OR come and begin something completely new. Join tutor led inspirational classroom sessions, discuss your writing, receive constructive … Read more

Brightside Creative Writing

Supporting Mental Health Through Learning Something New. Come and join us for these free fun relaxed sessions and develop confidence in a friendly environment. We begin on Friday the 11th of January 2019 for 6 weeks at Ilkeston Library, Market St, Ilkeston DE7 5RN 10.00am – 12.00 noon For booking and more information tel. 01629 … Read more

Winter Writing Retreat

Thank you to all those sparkling ladies who escaped to the lovely Denman College to enjoy our Creative Writing Winter Retreat. We had a happy and productive time together. We heard about being a Toastmaster/mistress! and scary spider stories, real experiences written to entertain an audience while exploring a debilitating phobia which affects so many … Read more

Winter Solstice Poetry Residency

With a Poetry Residency from Erewash Borough Council Arts Development Team Chrissie Hall was asked to identify a group to work with as part of the Winter Solstice event planned to take place in Ilkeston’s Award Winning Victoria Park in December.   Challenges • Making contact with a group. • Arranging a venue. • Agreeing … Read more

Creative Writing A positive route to good mental health and well-being

A Positive Route to Good Mental Health and General Well-being The brief With funding secured by Erewash Writers working with Erewash Voluntary Action, Chrissie Hall was asked to write and deliver six creative writing sessions at Long Eaton Library based on the Five Ways to Well-being, and designed to support good mental health. Creative Writing … Read more

Creative Writing for Well-being

Thank you to the delightful and talented students who came along and enjoyed a weekend of comfortable rooms, excellent food, great company and lots of creative writing. We shared our weekend, our ideas and our stories, and what an amazing variety of pieces emerged. The funny and the poetic, the descriptive and the moving. We … Read more

Click, Create, Connect Photography and Creative Writing

Case Study PDF —- Join us for these free friendly photography and creative writing sessions at Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre on Friday mornings this Summer. As well as working on our photographs and creative writing inside the Community Centre we’ll be taking some interesting trips outside, finding inspirational places where we can write, take … Read more

Start a New Chapter

Join us for this brand new collaborative course and learn ways to boost your self-confidence! You’ll enjoy one to one sessions with life coach Rachel Morgan and reconnect with your creative self with life writing facilitator Chrissie Hall. You’ll reflect on your life story so far and the chapters ahead, finding ways to nurture your … Read more

Have the Last Word (Write Your Own Eulogy!)

You’ve made a will, you’ve decided on a final resting place, you’ve perhaps even pre-payed your funeral – but what about your Eulogy? Are you going to leave your family and friends trying to remember things about you to tell a minister or celebrant, or struggling to decide what to say in their own whistle-stop … Read more

Banish Winter Solstice Blues

As we hunker down for those shorter days and long dark winter nights we’re more likely to feel down as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) saps our energy and make us feel sluggish. But research tells us that writing expressively is therapeutic, relaxing and good for us, the perfect antidote to Winter Solstice Blues. Together we’ll … Read more

Have You Ever Thought About Writing Your Life Story

Writing your life story or memoir with a specialist life story writing facilitator and a supportive group of like-minded people is a wonderfully reflective and enjoyable occupation. This course is relaxed, friendly and informal, designed to give you all the help and inspiration you need to plan, write and organise your own unique life story, … Read more

Creative Writing Summer School

Thank you to all those talented writers who joined Denman’s very first Creative Writing Summer School. Students were working on such a variety of writing and it was great to be involved with all those different genres and writing projects. We had a wonderful sunny, happy week working on our projects and supporting each other. … Read more

Have You Ever Thought About Writing Your Life Story?

Thanks to the writers who joined me at the wonderful Denman College to enjoy life writing together. What a diverse group we were, with a wealth of life experience to write about. Nostalgic stories of home and childhood, living and working in England and elsewhere, the military life, farming life, camper van adventures, working at … Read more

Creative Writing for Beginners

Research tells us that writing expressively is therapeutic, relaxing and good for you. It enhances well-being and boosts self-confidence. Together we’ll explore routes to creative writing with music, location, colours, language essential oils and the seasons. Whether you’ve never written anything but shopping lists, or whether you’ve been a secret scribbler for years, escape to … Read more

Creative Writing Summer Retreat

Escape to Denman – it’s the perfect place for an indulgent Summer Writing Retreat. Make 2019 the year you dig out that unfinished writing project languishing in a drawer, or come and begin something completely new. Join inspirational classroom sessions with tips, ideas and constructive feedback then work in ‘one to one’ sessions with W.I. … Read more

Real Women in Love

Do you remember your first love? Did you marry your childhood sweetheart? Did you have a glorious affair with a secret lover? Is your love story a fairy-tale ‘Happy Ever After’, is it simply shades of grey, or is it tragedy and heartbreak all the way? Join us to write about REAL women in (and … Read more

Winter Writing Retreat

Thanks to the writers who joined me on the Winter Writing Retreat. What a productive time we had. Prolific descriptive nostalgic writing (four complete tales plus a sketch script) from a writer who confessed to arriving with absolutely no idea of what she was going to write! Others who disappeared for hours at a time, … Read more