Letters from the Allotment

Connect to Nature through Creative Writing

A partnership project between Converge and St Nicks in the beautiful city of York.

Hello my name is Emma! I am a writer (MA Creative Writing), artist (self-taught) and occupational therapist (BHSc (Hons). I am a free lance writer, artist and facilitator and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I work for the NHS on secondment to Converge where I support people to connect to Converge and the local community as part of a mental health recovery journey. For the last five years I have been working in partnership with the beautiful St Nicks in York to deliver a creative writing class as part of their full time eco-therapy programme which you can read more about here.

Since March 2020 I moved my creative writing class to this blog to help keep my usual class participants connected to nature during the pandemic and opened it up to the public so that everyone can enjoy. Due to the success of this class and the current pressures in my NHS role, I am now delivering my creative writing class and this blog as a free lance writer for St Nicks to give me more time to develop the work and to interact with a wider audience. We remain linked to Converge and see many of our shared community at both sites.

Please join me for a weekly online creative writing class. Our class at St Nicks is starting up again on the 7th of October 2020. Each week I will be uploading the theme for the day on the blog so readers can follow what we are doing from home. You can participate in the activities, make your own reflections and email me any creative responses to include on future blog posts.

I encourage you to log in, have a go at the tasks and engage with the natural world around you (even if it’s just starting with looking at the clouds through your window, or finding new love for a house plant!). 

Happy Writing!
Best wishes,

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