New writing classes for the New Year with Paula Matthews

12NOW author Paula Matthews is bringing two new creative writing classes to Newcastle and Belfast, to help you with your New Year’s resolutions to be creative and write more!

A ten week Creative Writing course will start on Monday 4th January at the Newcastle Centre (10-14 Central Promenade, Newcastle). The course will explore how we can unlock our creativity and use our writing to tap in to our resilience, and will conclude with the launch of a digital journal showcasing all our work. Prices are $45 / £40 concession. To book, contact Down Arts Centre.


From Thursday 11th January, ‘The Shining Key’ ten week course will explores how writing can create resilience and working together in group safety can benefit people from all walks of life. The class states that “the key to wellbeing is often found in a safe space to collaborate”, inviting participants to “become a co-editor of this issue of the inclusive and collaborative The Shining Key Journal”. The class is at the Crescent Arts Centre, prices £90 / £85 concession.

Paula is a poet, playwright, children’s author and Diversional Therapist, with years of experience in making the arts accessible to all – and especially those with issues with mental health. Using writing to promote inclusion, wellbeing and recovery is Paula’s vocational passion. She is the resident children’s author for In Touch and she is the lead editor of The Launchpad. As Creative Director of Marginal Theatre, Paula is currently completing a mentorship via an Arts Council Northern Ireland SIAP Award with Director Jo Egan, and is writing and directing an original stage play called Echoes.

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