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Life Writing

Life Writing is the practice of writing for oneself as a way of healing, growing, exploring and solving problems.


This course introduces participants to the practice and theory of life writing. Life writing refers to the practice of writing for oneself, not specifically with the view for publication (though this is a possibility) but as a way of healing, growing, discovering, exploring, awakening creativity and solving problems. It encompasses the keeping of journals, diaries, memoirs, biography, stories, letter writing, travel writing and fiction based on personal experience.  

Research has shown that writing has a positive effect on our health and wellbeing . Increasingly writing is being used in various settings such as hospitals, cancer care centres, rehabilitation clinics and in psychotherapy practice as a therapeutic tool.  While the workshop will explore the therapeutic value of writing, it will also look at other aspects of writing such as claiming one's own voice, telling one's story, discovering one's strength and joyfulness.  Read Elizabeth Hickey's recent blog article here on how Life Writing can be a path to inner guidance and wisdom.

Course Details

Venue:  TBC


Date:     TBC

Time:    10am-5pm

Fees:     €85 *(€75 for PCI College Students & Graduates)

* PCI College Student & Graduate rate applies to Stuedents & Graduates of BSc Degree, Postgraduate and Supervision Courses only.


Elizabeth Hickey

RGN, B. Soc. Sc,  M Soc Sc, CQSW, IACP,  Cert in Creative Writing 

Elizabeth has over 30 years professional experience in the health care profession as nurse, social work  practitioner and manager. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including community, hospital, women’s refuge and prison. Elizabeth has also worked as a professional psychotherapist and supervisor.  

She has been involved in academic teaching in UCD , DCU and PCI College  where she taught on the Masters in Social Work, and on graduate and post graduate programmes in   Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Since November 1999 she has worked as an Independent Consultant providing services in the area of counselling, education, research and supervision. In recent years she has been particularly interested in the use of writing both as a therapeutic /personal tool and as a creative process. For the past five years she has provided workshops in Writing for personal development to various audiences. She is currently working on a personal memoir.


What our Students Say

"Enjoyed meeting everybody & hearing their stories, some were very inspiring. Loved getting the chance to spend the day writing. Well worth doing - highly recommend"
Carole Ryan - Life Writing Workshop

What our Students Say

"...Gosh I loved everything [about this workshop] and The teacher and group were wonderful. I would do other workshops on this topic."
Deirdre Reddy - Life Writing Workshop
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