The Writing Minds Project
The Writing Minds project grew out of a series of creative workshops delivered in 2019 for University of Kent School of English students across all year levels who experience barriers to participation linked to mental health. The workshops were designed to be inclusive of all levels of creative ability and to enable students to explore and articulate their identity in an empowering and non-prescriptive way.
The workshops ran across the Spring and Summer terms, and covered a range of activities, including zine-making, collage, scrap-booking, textual mandalas, creative embroidery, basic print-making, sound recording, and performance. As part of the project, we produced lots of creative material, including individual and collaborative zines.
Participants felt that the workshops and activities allowed them to "blow off creative steam," in a context where whatever they "chose to make was for fun." It gave them a "pocket to breathe," and "somewhere to be apart from the library," and it allowed them to realise how "relaxing and therapeutic" creative activities can be.
As a consequence of the success of the workshops of 2019, Writing Minds has now grown into a virtual space where anyone--Kent students, university applicants, and aspiring writers--can participate in, and benefit from, creative and experimental writing exercises that might provide a "pocket to breathe," or a means to "blow off creative steam." Whatever your experience level; whether you are a student, an applicant, an alumni, or just an enthusiastic aspiring writer, we'd like to invite you to be part of our creative community by taking part in our regular prompts and exercises and maybe sharing the results!
You can get involved and be part of the Writing Minds community by trying out one of our writing prompts, by sharing your work on the site, and by reading about Creative Writing at Kent. There's no feedback, no grades provided, no outcome except writing for enjoyment and well-being!