Letter writing workshops

We are planning a series of workshops around the UK.  The first one is in London this November:

Dear Homelands, Dear London

Saturday, 15th November 2014

11:00 – 16:30

Vernon Square, SOAS, University of London

Are you interested in:

  • Discussing the links between where you are from and where you live now?
  • Sharing your stories of identity, culture and nationality?
  • Developing your creative and therapeutic writing skills?

Join us learning about our social identities and nationalities by writing and sharing letters to the places where we grew up and where we live now; at a time when nationality has taken centre stage in the UK.

Homeland is an open invitation: a place of metaphor, a place in your heart; a place of memories and history.   We use the idea of a written reformulation developed from Cognitive Analytic Therapy.   The workshop is open to anyone with a personal or professional interest.

Workshop staff: Steve Potter and Jamie Kirkland (Steve Potter is a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT), Chair of ICATA and teaches and supervises a wide variety of groups both internationally and in the UK.   Jamie Kirkland is a clinical psychologist and CAT practitioner and works in Edinburgh)

Cost: £30 (online) / £40 (cheque or invoice) to include coffees and lunch and Dear Homeland teaching materials

To book on line and or for booking instructions and flyer to download go to http://www.acat.me.uk/event/801/

For other enquiries about arranging workshops in your area email  dialogmaps@gmail.com 



Here is a report on the Edinburgh workshop


After introductions and explaining the key ideas we worked in pairs to help each other prepare a letter to our homeland.   We then spent half an hour writing and reading out these letter in the pairs and adding to them.   For some of us the letters combined a number of shorter but linked letters.  We then talked about the emotional experience of writing these letters and connecting with our past in ways that surprised us.   Everyone found it beneficial.

The event was sponsored by CAT Scotland and was held on August 19th (2014) at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, EH9 1BB

One thought on “Letter writing workshops”

  1. Hi Steve,
    It’s Emma here. We met at Oliver’s in Cornwall and enjoyed some fantastic food and wine!! It would be great to keep in touch and maybe catch up with you next time you’re in Cornwall.
    Best Wishes

    Emma and Tori

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