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Talk Online | Winter Warmer: Fiction Writing to Help Manage Chronic Pain

Online | Winter Warmer: Fiction Writing to Help Manage Chronic Pain


This online fiction writing workshop is designed for women who experience chronic pain. We’ll explore the ways writing can be used as a useful distraction to help in the management of chronic pain. We’ll try out prompts and exercises from our writers’ first aid kit to help develop scenes and stories on winter and nature.

Winter Warmer: Fiction Writing to Help Manage Chronic Pain, Thursday 26th November and Thursday 3rd December, 2pm to 3pm, Online, Women only

The workshop will be led by Gillian Shirreffs, a writer with multiple sclerosis, who is passionate about the potential fiction writing has to help those who live with chronic pain.

Participants in Gillian’s summer writing workshops said ‘It was really enjoyable!’ and that it felt ‘Like GWL in my living room.’

Whether or not you attended Gillian’s workshops earlier this year, you are welcome to join for one of these new winter themed sessions! Both workshops are the same so choose which date suits you best. You can book onto the Thursday 3rd December session here.

This is one of our “take part” events this Autumn. We’d love you to join and get involved with the writing exercises but there’s no pressure to share your writing! 

You can read some of Gillian’s writing, ‘ILLNESS: A Narrative in Four Parts’ which explores being diagnosed with and living with MS, here.


The event is free and for women only*. To attend, please book below and we will share an email invitation with you. If you would like to make a donation to Glasgow Women’s Library, you can do so here. Please note that booking will close on Wednesday 25th November and you will receive your email invitation a few days before the event takes place.

*All women-only events are inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people.

Event details

Thu 26 Nov 2020, 2:00pm

Live subtitling by STAGETEXT

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