Dr Natalie Scott facilitates writing activities within a diverse range of community groups and settings, including libraries, schools and residential care. These activities encourage people to become more expressive, self-aware, resilient and ultimately empowered to cope better with life’s challenges.
Her strong belief in the positive impact that reading and writing can have on emotional wellbeing has led her to seek accreditation from the International Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy as a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator (awarded May 2020). This is an internationally recognised qualification in writing for therapeutic purposes, which includes over 400 hours of didactic learning, facilitation and close supervision.
Natalie is a member of Lapidus, the UK’s largest Writing for Wellbeing organisation and is a regular speaker at the annual conference for the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).
Pen PowerTM uses the established practices of biblio/poetry therapy and journaling to create fun and varied group sessions which embrace being in the moment, in a safe, inclusive space:
"We use a poem or word as a prompt to stimulate your own thoughts and help you to write a creative response. You are invited to express your feelings on the page in response to a subject, theme, image or object. We provide you with breathing space to reflect. There is no pressure to share your writing but if you choose to do so, it will be received in a supportive, non-critical way. No prior writing experience is necessary. The focus of the session is on expression of ideas rather than writing craft."
The resultant writing is not judged on its technical merit. It is about process not product. Therefore, if participants are able to write something in response to the text which helps them to explore an aspect of themselves, and better still if they feel confident enough to share their writing with others, then the process has worked.
Pen PowerTM sessions may be of benefit to people who are feeling lonely or disconnected, or have experienced trauma, loss, anxiety/depression, but are open to all who wish to maintain their levels of mental fitness through expressive writing.