Offloading on the page: expressive writing for wellbeing and positive self-awareness


  • Anne-Marie Smith Liverpool John Moores University, Faculty of Arts, Professional & Social Studies
  • Anna Dolby Liverpool John Moores University, Faculty of Health
  • Debbie Burns Liverpool John Moores University, Student Advice & Wellbeing Services



This interactive workshop will introduce staff and students to the use of expressive writing as a way of enhancing wellbeing and positive self-awareness.   


The session will include a brief introduction to the underpinning principles and theory from the field of poetry/bibliotherapy, as well as some insights from research about the personal and professional benefits of this kind of ‘offloading on the page’ as a guided practice. Participants will be invited to take part in two short writing exercises; no skills are necessary for taking part, and these will be private writings with no obligation to share.   


The overall aim of the session is to offer staff and students some creative ideas and practical tools to take away for inspiration and use in daily personal writing practice.