Monica specialises in Writing for Wellbeing. She believes that there is no difference between the creative and therapeutic aspects of writing. It all depends on the motivation and the processes involved for the writer in each stage of the writing process.
Her professional background is in humanistic psychotherapy and journalism, having trained and worked with Gerda Boyesen, the Norwegian founder of Biodynamic Psychotherapy, in the seventies. In the eighties, she worked as a journalist for BBC Radio 4 Current Affairs and Woman’s Hour during Sue MacGregor’s tenure as presenter. In 2002, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University.
Monica runs Cabin on the Hill - a retreat for women writers in Sussex where she lives. Here she offers workshops on the healing power of writing and sessions on all aspects of writing.
She is a member of Lapidus – The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation.
Monica’s blog shows her experimental and exploratory writing: www.monicasuswin.wordpress.com.
Presentation at Critical Voices Event in Tunbridge Wells. 11th June.
The Cabin on the Hill Retreat for Women Writers will appear in Women’s Huts and Hideaways by Gill Heriz (Cico Books).
Presentations (readings & discussion) for Lapidus - The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation
The Truth & Lies of Writing (Cardiff); Visible Vulnerability (Norfolk); Creative Therapeutic Writing: Links, Differences & Overlaps (London).
Soul Works at the Forest Row Festival, East Sussex.
Short Story in True Tales from the Old Hill. Frogmore Press.
Poem in The Needlewriters. Frogmore Press.
Contributions to Writing for Therapy or Personal Development Series. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
The Writer’s Key: Introducing Creative Solutions for Life (2013) by Gillie Bolton.
Write Yourself – Creative Writing and Personal Development (2011) by Gillie Bolton.
Writing Routes: A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing (2010) edited by Gillie Bolton, Victoria Field and Kate Thompson.
Chapter: A Legacy of Understanding in Dying Bereavement and the Healing Arts (2008) edited by Gillie Bolton. (pp.139-147).
Writing Works (2006) edited by Gillie Bolton, Victoria Field and Kate Thompson.
Contributions to Journals
Articles and Reviews in the Lapidus Journal.
Learning Through Example in Art in Palliative Care edited by Gillie Bolton. Progress in Palliative Care. Vol. 14. Number 4. 2006.
Rubber Bucket (prose poem) Training Link: Newsletter of the Universities of Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Sheffield Clincial Training Courses. No 70. October 2005.
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