creative writing for wellbeing

creative writing laboratories

Tanvir Bush and ten creative writing workshop participants sit in a circle. Tanvir sits next to a flip-chart with text and diagram. Each person's attention is focused on the sheet of text that they each hold, which they contemplate with thoughtful expressions.

In my Creative Writing Laboratories, I show you techniques designed to:

  • unlock your creative potential
  • deepen your understanding of yourself
  • widen your perspectives
  • engage empathy
  • find greater positivity, confidence and resilience.

I aim to leave you inspired, energised and entertained!

Next Laboratory Courses

Spring and Summer 2017
Course Leader: Dr Tanvir Naomi Bush (MA, PhD)
Venues: Springfield Community Centre and The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, UK
Price: For only £30 you can attend once a week for six weeks.


Note: I can adapt courses for particular groups e.g. disabled adults and carers, medical professionals, creative writing students, etc.

It has been a very enjoyable course – didn’t particularly enjoy the “life story” session but that is probably just me. I hope that there will be another course. — J1
Not long enough! Would definitely be up for more – especially playwriting / scripts etc. — JB
Tanvir – you’re very good. A very good and interesting six weeks. — J2
Excellent. Great people. Very interesting, joyous atmosphere, very welcoming and inclusive. Makes one think. — R

Two writing courses down with Tanvir and still I want more. There is, for me anyway, so much to like. What I want as a writer still learning the craft is: a safe space to try new ideas, a supportive space to share emerging work, an inspiring space to make me want to do more, and a funny space to remember that it ain’t worth doing unless you can get a kick out of it. Tanvir provides all this, and much more. Highly recommended, as long as you do not take my place on the next course. — Malcolm Sinclair, June 2017

“Very interesting, joyous atmosphere”Workshop participant

I have attended two Creative Writing Courses led by Tanvir. She shows warmth, wit and wisdom. I always leave feeling inspired. If you are a budding writer and just need some direction then come on Tanvir’s course and you are sure to find it!
— Julia Cawthorne, June 2017

Tanvir’s wise counsel and swift guidance have transformed my stuck present, paralysed by writers block, into a joyous relishing of a future where writing can be for pure pleasure.  Like being shown where to dive in a vast ocean and discover the lost treasure within my words.
— Rachael Burgess, June 2017

post-doctoral research

writing, empathy and empowerment

Tanvir Bush sits next to a flip-chart which lists the names of the participants, including that of her guide dog, Grace, in the Coming to our Senses workshop, February 2017, as she reads from a page held in her left hand, while she gesticulates with her right hand.As a writer, film-maker and photographer, I have experienced the many trials and occasional triumphs of the creative life over the years. However, it was as a doctoral student of creative writing that I was encouraged, not only to develop my writing and explore various research methods, but also to observe, analyse and reflect on my own creative development process. I expected this meta-analysis to prove useful to my writing, and it has. What was more surprising was how it also enabled me to observe the positive emotional impact of the creative process on both my own psyche and on my readers, creating catharsis and empathy. It also encouraged a more compassionate understanding of an often overlooked minority — in this case, disabled people in the UK today.

My doctorate has thus opened up a series of questions that are likely to be the focus of, or at least to underlie, much of my post-doctoral teaching and research in the next few years:

  • Can creative writing programmes be designed with specific emphasis on empathy and embodiment, with the intention of alleviating feelings of isolation, anxiety and/or melancholy?
  • Could these programmes empower participants to engage with more confidence socially and even politically?
  • Can we utilise or design measurements that adequately and scientifically measure the impact of these original creative writing interventions?

If you have similar interests, are engaged in related projects, and would like to discuss collaboration around these themes, I would be delighted to hear from you!


seminars and workshops

PhD seminar
coming to our senses

5 Workshop participants, four women and a man, wearing dark glasses, stand in a circle, with Tanvir Bush looking on from behind them. One participant sits with her back to the camera. Two of the standing participants stand arm-in-arm and two are exploring the floor with white canes used by the visually impaired.A practical Creative Writing workshop on utilizing autoethnography and our own senses and memory to engage multiple methodologies.

By designating, for instance, a novel and its contextualising thesis as ‘practice as research’, how may we apply the title of writer-practitioner to ourselves whilst also utilising a fluid model of observer/participant, participant/observer, autoethnographer and qualitative researcher?

This workshop is intended to un-pick the proposition above and to use a series of short and entertaining creative writing exercises, based around our senses and sense memory, to explore the different positions we may face engaging in various, and often seemingly discordant, research methodologies.

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