• The only rule is that there are no rules.

    What is expressive writing? Expressing yourself in whatever way you want to write. Examples are –
    A daily journal where you can write about what is going on for you.
    A list is an easy start for getting your pen to move on the page.

    Expressive writing is used in some writing groups in the Maggie’s Centres across Scotland. Whatever you write is right! It’s not aimed to produce or create anything; it’s to allow free rein to whatever your voice wants to say, uncensored.

    The only rule is that there are no rules.

    If you would like some guidelines, here are some you can choose from:
    1. Keep your hand moving.
    2. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling or grammar.
    3. Don’t think. Forget everything else.
    4. You are free to write the worst junk in Scotland.
    5. Go for the jugular. If something scary comes up, go for it. That’s probably where you find the power of words.
    6. Just keep writing!


Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.


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