Posted: 14 August 2018

Pause's creative writing group: a space to share personal experiences

As part of our creative writing competition, Shoshanna tells us about the creative writing group she runs at Pause, our drop-in mental health service in Birmingham. She shares poems written by the group about creativity, reading and writing.

Creative writing group at Pause

The creative writing group runs a few times a year with different age groups up to 25 years old. They usually meet once a week for about 10 to 12 weeks and it’s open to any young person who wants to attend.

Creative writing is a way for young people to express things that are too painful or difficult to say out loud, tell their own stories or describe their own emotions. Sometimes it’s really hard to take your own advice, but if they can write about their problems as if they belong to someone else - a character perhaps - sometimes the answer becomes clearer.

'The biggest change I see in young people...is bravery'

The biggest change I see in young people who take part in the group is bravery. They come to the group feeling unsure or stuck, but through practising creative writing, they begin to feel confident in saying what needs to be said. They want to share what they have written to show other young people that it is possible to become unstuck. Sharing their words and personal experiences is so incredibly brave!

I hope you enjoy these poems written by our group:

Stories and poems from young people

Select one of the buttons below to reveal the different stories.

 

Female, 14


Dear creative writing group,
When I first was handed a slip for this workshop,
I didn’t feel so great,
I thought this workshop would be something I’d hate,
But when I walked through the doors into this place,
A visible glow appeared on my face,
Because this place was not what I thought it would be,
A positive future I started to see,
I felt like I came here without a choice,
But I started to realise that I have a voice,
I felt confident, and that I could actually be heard,
And that me reading my words out wasn’t absurd,
I made new friends, and each of them were better that great,
I feel like this workshop was in my fate,
I came here stuck in between the lines,
But now I’m starting to feel better than fine.


 

Female, 14


Who am I?
A girl who is quiet,
Has things to hide,
She often keeps all her thoughts inside.
Lover of books,
Has a passion to read,
Because after a stressful day,
That’s all she needs.
Loves travelling to new places,
Loves meeting new faces.


 

Female, 22


My past is like a tap, the longer you run it, the colder it gets.
My mind is like a tropical library, I’ve learnt so much and have so much yet to learn.
My future is like a blank page, it is unwritten.
My heartbreak is like a broken mirror, even if I patch it up, there may still be cracks.
My anxiety is like a pencil, each time I’m down, I have to sharpen it in order to be strong again.


By Shoshanna
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