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Voice – 10 week course starting 8/10/21

From: Emily Burnell <emily.burnell@weston.ac.uk>
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Taunton – VOICE – Somerset Recovery College

VOICE is a 10 week course starting on Friday 8th October and ending on Friday 17th December (except for Friday 29th October which is half term) structured to help individuals to discover their ‘voice’.

So many of us struggle to articulate our thoughts and feelings; many of which can be difficult, challenging, and painful. VOICE invites you to discover and develop a playful, curious, and creative approach to voicing your/the group experience. Through individual and group activities, you will be encouraged to use your (group) voice in several exploratory and imaginative ways, such as writing, art, animation, time-lapse photography, film, and green screen. Susannah and Gayle lead everyone through each structured activity in a safe, steady, and playful manner, working at the pace of the group. This is a fun, compassionate course delivered in two-hour, weekly sessions over 10 weeks. Each session will include a short, midway break. We do recommend bringing your own writing materials such as a notebook and pens/pencils.

Course Description

Session 1:

Exploring our voice through acrostic poetry.

Session 2:

Curiosity in discovering other mediums to represent our poetry.

Session 3:

‘Tree Rings of Life’: a metaphor for exploring the colours and textures of our experiences.

Session 4:

Further exploration of a chosen ring of your tree; bringing the experience to life.

Session 5:

Descriptive writing around safe spaces with the option of writing about spaces we find troubling, if desired.

Session 6:

An opportunity to bring our safe space to life using collage, art, and other expressive formats.

Session 7:

‘Objects have Meaning’: What if objects could talk? A metaphorical exploration of objects to represent our voices.

Session 8:

‘Finding our inner superhero’: Writing about our own, or each other’s strengths and how these can be used for the power of good. Exploring the possibility of presenting this using greenscreen or animation.

Session 9:

Queen or King for the day: What would you change if you could?

Session 10:

‘Bring a Hat’ week! Students are invited to bring a hat of their choosing and have fun playing around with green screening. Smiles and laughter will be unavoidable!

Tutor profile

Susannah Eggar is a qualified school teacher, TEFL provider and Theatre and Drama Workshop organiser. Susannah ran a Group Games course recently and this inspired her to co-create this new course that uses creative writing and other mediums to be curious about our voices. Susannah has experienced difficulties with finding and using her own voice and therefore feels passionate about sharing the healing and connecting nature of writing with others.

Gayle Lacroix has a background in Events & Operations Management and has largely worked for charitable organisations such as Bristol Zoo and the National Trust. Gayle has been a student at SRC and has found strength and stability from the courses and through the invaluable connection with other students. Gayle has experienced significant difficulties with her own mental health but has collected skills and learning throughout her journey of recovery which she is excited to pass on to others. Gayle is incredibly passionate about sharing these skills, and her own experience, to help others grow and find their own path. Gayle has co-created this course to hopefully help others shine a light on their own journey of healing.

Many thanks and kind regards, Emily

Emily Burnell

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