Write Now meets every Wednesday from 3:30pm-5:30pm. This creative writing workshop is for people at all stages of recovery who have been affected by addiction, including their family, carers and champions, or people who are returning to recovery after relapse and want regular writing opportunities as part of their recovery maintenance.
Drop-in exercises are tailored to the needs of participants who learn to tell stories, write dramatic dialogue and structure theatre scripts, which are then performed by professional actors in rehearsed readings or semi-staged productions.
Recent pieces shared by Write Now include:
This workshop is a safe space to share stories and build confidence, to support each other and to challenge the social stigma that people in recovery often feel.
Write Now is led by Sonya Hale, award-winning playwright. Read Sonya’s interview with The Evening Standard here.
Write Now will help you to:
1. Develop a personal voice through the written word
2. Create a safe peer-support network
3. Foster personal confidence
You can just drop-in as part of your recovery process, but we do request that you have abstained that day to take part.
Write Now participants are encouraged to attend OETC’s Social Activities, such as free Theatre Trips and Service User Social Events. Opportunities are advertised to current participants via email and text message.
Covid-19 Update (November 2020)
Following the government’s announcement over the weekend, we know that many in our community have questions about how they will continue to connect with Outside Edge during the next month. At this point, we can confirm that all of our activities, including blended sessions, will go ahead as planned through Wednesday, November 4th.
The latest government guidelines make an allowance for formally organised support groups that provide mutual aid, or any other form of support, for people in drug and alcohol recovery to remain open with up to 15 participants. Therefore we will be able to continue offering Covid-safe, socially distanced in-person activities throughout the upcoming period of lockdown from November 5th to December 4th. this will include the blended service delivery of Write Now.
Although we will be able to continue to offer this essential service for some service users, we strongly encourage as many people as possible to access Outside Edge activities from their homes.
For those of you that do need to attend in person, find out what to expect here!
If you have not been to an OETC workshop before please register your interest here.
If you are an existing OETC participant and have not received information about how to access these activities, please get in touch at email@example.com or call 0207 371 8020 for more information.
3:00pm – Video/Audio Chat Room Opens
3:30pm – 5:30pm – Write Now (Sonya & Gemma)
5:30pm- 6:30pm – Video/Audio Chat Room Remains Open
6:30pm-8:30pm – Drop-In Drama (Tunde & Julia)
Write Now is supported by The Mount Trust.