My approach is forever in process, the result of over twenty years of making writing with all kinds of wonderful people in many different settings, from universities and schools to community groups, corporates, not-for-profits and as a psychotherapist in private practice. These days, I design and deliver creative writing and creativity programmes at Teesside University.
I've made writing for as long as I can remember, folding little books out of paper and filling them with my words, stories and dreams as soon as I began to learn to write and read. But for a long time, in my 20s, I struggled with my creativity, primarily focused on what I needed to do to earn a living and trying to figure out how to live in the world as someone who makes things.
It was only in my thirties, during my doctoral research, that things began to fall into place and I began to be able to really let go of what I thought I ought to write and make in order to immerse myself in the sheer pleasure of the process. Today, I love sharing my passion for making writing with anyone and everyone. I believe that writing can help us to make meaning out of our experiences, think things through and reconnect with our innate creativity. Becoming a parent has given me another perspective on this process and has consolidated my long-held belief that we are all creative and that human beings need to express our creativity in some way.
Wherever you are in your writing journey, I hope you find inspiration and ideas here that will help you to fall in love with words, and what words can do for us, all over again.
I'd love to hear from you.
Dr Sophie Nicholls