Courses + Events


One to One Life Story Writing Retreats

Day course fee £150.00 Come to rural Derbyshire and treat yourself, or a member of your family, to a special day or half-day Life Story Retreat created to suit you and your own unique writing project. Beginners are welcome and you don’t need any previous experience of writing to be able to write your life … 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 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

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

‘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

Creative Writing for Beginners

Creative writing is therapeutic, relaxing and good for us, it enhances well-being and boosts self-confidence. Find out how music, location, colours, song, essential oils the weather and the seasons can be used as creative prompts for writing. Whether you’ve never written anything but shopping lists before, or whether you’ve been a secret scribbler for years, … 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

Let’s Start Writing Sketches

The Women’s Institute has a proud heritage of writing and performing sketches and short plays to entertain ourselves and each other, as well as performing for other members of our communities. Sketch writing and acting is every bit as much fun now as it always was, and this course is designed to continue with the … Read more

Summer Writing Retreat

Escape to Denman – it’s the perfect place for an indulgent Summer 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 inspirational classroom sessions with tips, ideas and constructive feedback then work in ‘one to one’ sessions with W.I. … Read more

Let’s Start Writing

If you’ve always thought about writing, but never known where to begin, this course is perfect for you. With a small, friendly group and a supportive tutor you’ll be surprised to learn that the many different writing genres call for writers with different personality types, interests and lifestyles. We’ll find out what’s involved in the … Read more