Looking over the shoulder of a lady participant in the workshop, writing in a book

Writing for Wellness - Creative Writing Workshops

Wiltshire Museum’s Community Curator worked with Re:Think, a local mental health charity to provide 5 creative writing workshops with the aim of improving wellbeing through creative writing practises. This was in response to the Museum’s exhibition, Eric Walrond – a Caribbean writer in Wiltshire.

Participants were invited to attend the workshops via Re:Think’s links within the local community and via Wiltshire Museums website and digital newsletter.Sessions were led by Felicity Tattersall, a creative writer and illustrator, who has worked on several community focussed projects and facilitated creative writing workshops and is currently writing a play.

Felicity designed each of the workshops to be relaxed and friendly, each one stand alone, so that if participants could not attend all the workshops, it would not matter. Each workshop explored writing exercises in response to local Caribbean writer, Eric Walrond’s life and work. Focussing on his fantastic descriptions on nature, responding to place and his wonderful use of language. Positive and constructive feedback was encouraged, and there was no pressure to share work or contribute further to the sessions.

The Community Curator ensured each workshop was a welcoming place, ensuring everyone felt included in the sessions and felt at ease – this was vital to ensure participants got the most out of the sessions and felt comfortable, as for many attending something like this was a huge milestone.


Creative Writing Workshop bookletCover of the 2024 Writing for Wellness Creative Writing booklet with a portrait of Eric Walrond

Download a booklet celebrating the fantastic work completed by participants in the workshops. Works were inspired by Eric Walrond's fascinating life, work and struggle with his won mental health during his time in Wiltshire, with the aim to get back into or kick start their passion for creative writing.
Completed with the kind permission of the participants in the workshops.


Workshop Programme and Feedback

Download a short outline of the workshop programme and some interesting feedback from the participants.


  • “I really enjoyed the sessions and they have given me lots of inspiration and determination to keep writing and exploring around me to gain new ideas and perspectives. Please pass on my thanks to Fliss, she was really kind and gave great, constructive feedback. I would encourage anyone with an interest in writing and creativity to join any future workshops you run. I found as someone who struggles with mental health illness that doing something I was passionate about gave me great motivation to attend. I haven't sat in a group of people for years so was proud of myself for attending both sessions.”
  • “Thank you to you and your colleague Fliss for making the workshops such an encouraging and welcoming environment it is very rare in my life that I have found such positive atmosphere.”

    “Thank you again for unlocking the writer’s block and bringing me so much joy.”


    I’d like to thank you and Fliss for all the planning and effort you’ve put into the workshop and to Wiltshire Museum for kindly hosting it.”


    "It’s been lovely to reconnect and meet new people. It’s also been super helpful to me as part of my rehabilitation so thank you.”

Part of the "Eric Walrond: A Caribbean writer living in Wiltshire” exhibition that was made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Players.

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Copyright: Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society