Spread the word is a year-long project consisting of many different events, aiming to promote the benefits of writing.

Arts for Cancer Cornwall is working with Lapidus Cornwall to offer a year of events that are all about writing for wellbeing. We believe that writing can have a big impact on your personal and professional development, as well as your mental and physical health. Sharing your writing with others, being heard and being part of a group, can also be a fun and rewarding experience.

With this project we want to focus on the benefits of creative writing for communities in Cornwall. We will be hosting a wide variety of writing events as well as raising awareness about writing as a way of increasing wellbeing. We want to create opportunities for people to write, both alone and in groups, and to share experiences and learn from each other.

Throughout the year, Spread the Word will offer three main activities:

  1. Writing events in libraries and other community and health settings such as Memory Cafés.
  2. Workshops with guest speakers for Lapidus members and anyone else who’s interested in writing for wellbeing.
  3. Writing sessions for health and social care practitioners and people who use their services, to spread the word about the benefits of writing for wellbeing.

The first event of the year was a therapeutic writing workshop with Steve Potter of the Dear Homeland project, which took place on the 14th of March. The Dear Cornwall workshop encouraged people to write letters to the place they grew up. This workshop was the first of many events where people can come together and learn about different ways of writing for wellbeing.

Throughout the year, Spread the Word encourages anyone who’s interested to write a letter to Cornwall – or wherever they’d like – and submit it to the webpage https://spreadthewordcornwall.wordpress.com. The webpage also has more information about the project, and about Lapidus Cornwall and the work they do.