Writing for Life



about us

Kate and Heather are writers and facilitators who are passionate about the power of words for self-development.

With considerable experience and expertise in the corporate world and education, they recognise the need for new approaches to wellbeing in the workplace.

In light of this need, they offer a range of writing for wellbeing services which sit comfortably within the current wellness agenda and can enhance both your life and your work environment.


Our Services

For employers

Taster sessions for your employees and tailored workshops to suit your needs.

For individuals

An online course offering a variety of writing for wellbeing tools and techniques.

For charities

Writing for wellbeing workshops and online support for your charity.

Contact us to find out more


Our Team

Kate is a writer, editor and writing for wellbeing facilitator. She is passionate about words and their ability to enhance our daily lives, from relaxation to self-discovery and workplace wellness. With a background in marketing & communications, Kate began exploring the world of writing for wellbeing formally in 2012. Since then, she has run workshops for a diverse range of groups including cancer survivors, professional writers and members of her local community. Kate was the London branch coordinator (2014–2016) for Lapidus – the words for wellbeing association. She is the founder of WriteToRelax.com and is currently writing a book on writing for relaxation. Kate is a member of Lapidus and NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education). She has an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and an MA in Creative Writing. Discover more at katemcbarron.co.uk.

Kate McBarron

Writer and facilitator

Heather is a writer and writing for wellbeing facilitator. Having taught English and Creative Writing in colleges, schools and prisons, she now facilitates writing workshops in a range of contexts. These focus on the writing process and its potential for enhancing wellbeing and encouraging self-development. Heather has run a journal writing programme in a women’s prison, as well as providing workshops for mental health groups, churches and the wider community. She has completed training in writing for therapeutic purposes with the Orchard Foundation and the Professional Writing Academy, and has a Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills and Studies from the Metanoia Institute. She is a member of Lapidus, NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and Mole Valley Poets. Find out more at heathershakespeare.com.

Heather Shakespeare

Writer and facilitator

“Heather is skilled at creating a space for connection, creativity, insight and fun. The writing exercises and prompts are great for both newbies and experienced writers alike. I highly recommend.”

“Kate offers a wealth of experience in various aspects of creative writing. She encourages participants of her workshops to explore how creative writing can help each of us to think, explore and develop new ways of looking at the world. I would thoroughly recommend attending any of her events, you will surprise yourself and come away with new and life enhancing skills.”

“Heather has confidently guided us on a writing journey of exploration and provided a safe space for us to share our findings. I cherish this time I have carved out for myself.”


Why Writing?

When we write in a way that encourages creativity, free expression and reflection the experience has much to offer. 

Writing can:

Relieve stress and anxiety

Develop self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Offer insights into circumstances and relationships

Open up new perspectives

Stimulate creative thinking

Enhance motivation

Increase confidence and a sense of agency

Build resilience

Provide clarity and direction

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Learn more about the world of writing for wellbeing.

Writing for wellbeing events

Writing for wellbeing facilitators hold workshops and events on a regular basis around the country. Find out what's happening in your area by checking out the Lapidus Events Calendar.

What you write is never wrong
It’s one of the most comforting and liberating parts of writing for wellbeing: there is no such thing as bad writing. You can’t ‘do it wrong’. The words you choose will always be right,…
Quick links
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Have fun and unwind when you write for relaxation.
Find out more at WriteToRelax.com.


Contact Us

Register your interest in our workshops or courses, send us your questions,
or give us feedback.

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