Writing and wellbeing
Workshop scene at Turner Contemporary
  • Workshop scene at Sands Hotel
  • “I thought the workshop was excellent. I found it both interesting and stimulating and was impressed with how well Elise and Vanessa worked together; it was beautifully balanced.” —participant

    Positive psychologist Vanessa King and writer-teacher Elise Valmorbida have teamed up to develop unique new workshops connecting the science of wellbeing with the practice of creative writing—a hit with literary festivals, corporate training and community-building organisations.

    “For writers and not-yet-writers, we bring together the practice of creative writing with the applied science of positive psychology. Together we explore resilience, imagination, empathy, observation and focus. As a workshop participant, you explore how to engage your senses, free the mind, connect experience with words, access deeper levels of creativity and write with authenticity. You can have it both ways: apply the science of wellbeing to improve your creative writing, and/or let the practice of creative writing enhance your wellbeing.”

    Vanessa has delivered TEDx talks, Guardian Masterclasses and workshops worldwide. Her published works include 10 Keys to Happier Living (an evidence-based practical guide) and, for children, 50 Ways to Feel Happy

    Launching in May 2019, a first for Arvon: Creative Writing and Wellbeing at John Osborne's beautiful house, The Hurst, Shropshire. You can book your place now. 

    © 2018 Elise Valmorbida