About

Kate is a writer, editor and writing for wellbeing practitioner and researcher. 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 audiences and has become an active member of the writing for wellbeing research community. Kate is a tutor for WriteWell, and is the founder of WriteToRelax.com – a website born out of her desire to decrease stress-levels and spark creativity after becoming a new mum. She is a member of Lapidus International and is a coordinator for its London branch. She is also a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education). Kate 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.”