This training tackles the psychological barriers to creativity, it is not about creating or sharing creative work. In a safe and supportive space, you will learn in the first three sessions, key coaching skills, including communication, listening and emotional self-regulation techniques. By session four, a peer coaching group will be established–a productive, focused space for participants to explore and pursue their personal development for the remaining sessions. The aim is for this group to continue after the training ends.

Coaching enables people to identify and clarify their own goals and develop plans to achieve them. Peer coaching enables structured conversations in which participants take turns to think for themselves through attentive listening and skilled questioning.

This group is ideal for those interested in overcoming ‘stuckness’, dealing with issues and challenges (whether creative or personal), increasing confidence, changing and/or developing direction.

Participants need to be prepared to be non-judgmental, supportive and good listeners. Ideally you will be able to attend all sessions, but it is essential that you can attend the first three sessions, to enable you to learn the skills to be part of the peer coaching group.

Dates for the sessions are:

  • 19 March
  • 2 April
  • 23 April
  • 7 May
  • 21 May
  • 4 June
  • 18 June
  • 2 July

It is highly recommended that you read the following blog post here, the FAQs outlined below, and watch the brief videos here before deciding whether to sign up.

“These sessions have made a huge difference in my motivation and belief that I am capable of developing myself as a writer.” Vanessa


  1. Will we be doing creative work in the sessions?
    We will not be creating creative work, critiquing creative work or discussing the craft of creative production. The training will be teaching coaching skills and then establishing a peer coaching group that helps provide psychological support for the creative process.
  2. What sort of things do people discuss in the peer coaching group?
    People can bring anything they want to the peer coaching sessions but typical issues are: How can I make more time for my creative work? Why can I not finish my creative project? How can I secure the support I need to get my work into the public domain? Which project should I focus my attention on?
  3. What is the difference between coaching and mentoring?
    Mentoring is when someone with more experience than you advises you on what you should do. Coaching assumes you have the knowledge and resources within yourself to resolve your dilemmas and, through deep listening and astute questioning, draws the answers out from you. As a result, coaching is deeply empowering as it highlights that you have the resources yourself to solve your issues.
  4. Will I get 1:1 coaching on the training?
    You will be learning coaching techniques in the first three sessions which will enable you to be part of a peer coaching group. The peer coaching group will run from session four onwards, during this time you will have the opportunity to be coached by the group. In the first three sessions there will be opportunities to coach each other for short periods as you learn coaching skills.

For further information on what coaching can help with and the impact it can have, read Dominique’s blog here and view the brief videos featuring previous training participants here.

When this training is fully booked, we will set up a waiting list in case any places become available. Please email us via [email protected] or telephone 01273 234780 to be added to the waiting list.




19/03/2020 - 02/07/2020 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Friends Meeting House,
Ship Street,
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