My Writing Life
As a writer with a background in humanistic psychotherapy and journalism, my writing is influenced by these two strands of my life. In the eighties, I worked for BBC Radio 4 Current Affairs and Woman’s Hour during Sue MacGregor’s tenure as presenter. In 2002, I gained an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University.
I am the author of a series of mini-books on Creative Therapeutic Writing, edited by Dr Gillie Bolton. I also have contributions in the Jessica Kingsley Anthologies: Writing for Therapy or Personal Development Series.
Cabin on the Hill is a studio where I offer Workshops on the Healing Power of Writing.
My Personal Life
The house I live in is a post-war forties semi and feels more like a cottage. My sloping garden is abundant with weeds and slugs and I’m continually learning how to manage my veg, flower and fruit beds. I am a Mum of a grown up daughter and son-in-law, friend to my separated husband, and a grandmother of a little boy.
My life, like anyone else’s, is a juggle and balance of domesticity and everything I want to do. This includes ceramics, which feels rather grand for what comes out of the kiln at my weekly class, with Mo the potter in Lewes. I have made and decorated tiles, but my attention now is on getting better at throwing pots.
About This Blog
This blog was started in October 2014 when I wanted to explore what was to me at the time a new public platform. Posts have been tailing off in the last year or so but there are still about 15 or so pieces which give a taste of my exploratory writing in the field of creative and therapeutic writing.
The first of my mini-books: A Fox Crossed My Path – creative therapeutic writing on a depressive illness is available through this wordpress site.
The second mini-book: Love & Loss creative – therapeutic writing on relationships will be available in the Spring (2018). By which time I am hoping to have a new web-site up and running.
The third and fourth mini-books are underway. All the writing in my books represent work that has been going on through many, many drafts in the last fifteen years.
The content of my books, I feel is relevant to others who are interested in being real with writing, exploring more about being creative and in the long run discovering that writing is a healing and nurturing process. Writing has helped me know myself in unexpected ways and I have found this genre to be more powerful than any psychotherapy.
Monica’s illuminative examples will inspire readers to try the many forms of therapeutic writing she has used. Gillie Bolton PhD
Anyone interested in the process of writing, in the way that it is done, will find Monica’s writing valuable and interesting. Alison Bell M.Litt