TLC Fiction Masterclass: Creative Writing and Wellbeing | Free Word

29 February 2020
10:00 16:00-

Presented by:
The Literary Consultancy


Acclaimed writer Elise Valmorbida and leading positive psychologist and author Vanessa King have teamed up to develop a unique series of workshops connecting the science of wellbeing with the practice of creative writing—a hit with literary festivals, corporate training and community-building organisations, and featured in a one-week format for Arvon Foundation in 2019. This is the first time they bring their learning into a one-day workshop format, especially for The Literary Consultancy.

For writers and not-yet-writers, Elise and Vanessa apply the science of positive psychology to the art and practice of creative writing. In this workshop, they will open up resilience, imagination, empathy, observation and focus. As a workshop participant, you will explore how to engage your senses, free your mind, connect experience with words, access deeper levels of creativity and write with authenticity. Use the science of wellbeing to enhance and sustain your creative writing, and let the practice of creative writing enhance your wellbeing.


About TLC Masterclasses

TLC Masterclasses are designed to support writers to achieve their maximum potential. Each Masterclass offers a holistic deep dive into elements of craft and creativity, with practical exercises and inspirational examples drawn from a wide range of sources. All Masterclass attendees are also entitled to a 10% discount on TLC manuscript assessment for work submitted within three months of the Masterclass. Places are strictly limited to 15 per Masterclass.

29 February 2020
10:00 - 16:00
£125 +VAT / £100 +VAT (students, under 30, those in receipt of universal credit)

The Literary Consultancy


Elise Valmorbida

Elise Valmorbida teaches creative writing at Central Saint Martins and Arvon. She is founder-director of communications consultancy word-design, on the board of writers' organisation 26, and former External Examiner for the MA in Professional Writing at Falmouth University. Her latest novel The Madonna of the Mountains—The Times ‘book of the month’ and an Edward Stanford Awards shortlister—won the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. Other books include Matilde Waltzing, The TV President, The Winding Stick and (non-fiction) The Book of Happy Endings. Elise is also an award-winning indie film producer, a member of the Society of Authors, and a member of the free expression charity English PEN.

Vanessa King

Vanessa King is a public speaker, facilitator and author. She is an expert in Applied Positive Psychology and studied with the leader of the field, Dr Martin Seligman. She speaks nationally and internationally on how the latest psychological research can be transformed into practical action to help individuals, organisations and communities enhance their wellbeing and resilience. She has designed and delivers a range of workshops focused on wellbeing, resilience and workplace creativity. A Board Member of the social movement Action for Happiness she is the architect of its evidence-based 10 Keys to Happier Living which have inspired and engaged people around the world. She is author of two internationally published books: 10 Keys to Happier Living – A Practical Handbook and, for children, 50 Ways to Feel Happy.



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