All posts by martynb

Banish Winter Solstice Blues

Thank you to the small ‘but perfectly formed’ group of students who joined me at Denman recently to Banish Winter Solstice Blues. We had such an interesting time – and loved sharing our own creative ways of dealing with the difficult times which we all have to face. Being creative is wonderfully therapeutic and we … 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

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 informal and friendly, designed to give you all the help and inspiration you need to plan, write and organise your own unique life story, … 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

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

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

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

Stories in Victoria Park

Erewash Borough Council are delighted to have been awarded Heritage Lottery funding to restore and renovate the town’s Victoria Park and a great programme of work is underway. Stories in Victoria Park is part of it . To mark the centenary of the Park Chrissie Hall has been commissioned to write a short story about … Read more

Derbyshire F.W.I. Centenary Celebration Anthology

To celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Institute in Derbyshire the Federation will publish an anthology of stories and poems edited by Chrissie Hall, written by members of Derbyshire Federation and submitted for judging as part of the Derbyshire Eisteddfod in 2015 The brief consisted of:- Category 1 – Poetry Writing – an original poem … Read more

Have You Ever Thought About Writing Your Life Story?

Thank you to all the Life Story Writers who travelled to Denman to begin writing their life stories. We learned that there is no such thing as an ‘ordinary’ life as we wrote stories about ‘rags’ to riches – amazing women of the 20th century who survived and prospered against all the odds. Tales of … Read more