Dr Natalie Scott facilitates writing activities within a diverse range of community groups and settings, including libraries, schools and residential care. The activities encourage people to become more expressive, self-aware, resilient and ultimately empowered to cope better with life’s challenges.
Her strong belief in the positive impact that reading and writing can have on emotional wellbeing has led her to seek accreditation from the International Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy to become a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator. This is an internationally recognised qualification in writing for therapeutic purposes, which includes over 400 hours of didactic learning, facilitation and close supervision by poetry therapist Victoria Field.
Natalie is a member of Lapidus, the UK’s largest Writing for Wellbeing organisation and is a regular speaker at the annual conference for the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).
Pen PowerTM uses the established practices of biblio/poetry therapy and journaling to create fun and varied group sessions which embrace being in the moment, in a safe, inclusive space:
"We will use a poem or word as a prompt to stimulate your own thoughts and help you to write a creative response. We will encourage you to express your feelings on the page in response to a subject, theme, image or object. We will provide you with breathing space to reflect. There will be no pressure to share your writing but if you choose to do so, we will receive it in a supportive, non-critical way. No prior writing experience is necessary. The focus of the session will be on expression of ideas rather than writing craft."
The resultant writing is not judged on its technical merit. It is about process not product. Therefore, if participants are able to write something in response to the text which helps them to explore an aspect of themselves, and better still if they feel confident enough to share their writing with others, then the process has worked.
Pen PowerTM sessions may be of benefit to people who are feeling lonely or disconnected, or have experienced trauma, loss, anxiety/depression, but are open to all who wish to maintain their levels of mental fitness through expressive writing.