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Creative Writing as a Positive Coping Strategy for Mental Health
Monday, March 27th @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
If you are dealing with stress or your mental health is being compromised, it can often feel impossible to find relief or a less destructive way to cope. Led by Ashley Newton, this workshop will help provide some useful exercises that can be used to transform negative experiences into literary magic. By using writing as a positive coping strategy, it can help connect you to your thoughts and feelings, as well as help you make sense of the experiences you endure.
Ashley Newton is an author, poet, and editor who lives in Kingston, ON. As an individual living with depression, generalized anxiety disorder and an eating disorder, she has turned to writing in difficult times to help cope with her experiences in a healthier way. With over ten years of writing experience, her short stories, essays, columns, and poetry have been published in The Cord Weekly, Blueprint Magazine, Focus Kingston Magazine, and The Kingston Free Press. Her first book of poetry, Shadows Among Mist, was self-published in March 2014. She has edited film scripts as well as novel and novella manuscripts. A novella she collaborated on with her poetry was released in May 2016, titled Heart of the Visionary Anarchist, published by Kai Kazi. Ashley is also the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Free Lit Magazine, an online digital literary magazine committed to the accessibility of literature for readers and the enrichment of writing for writers. She has plans to release a second poetry collection and a chapbook in 2017, with a novel to come in the future.