THE WILD WORDS STORY
Is there a story inside you waiting to be told?
Fiction or factual writing, poetry, conversation, blogging, spoken word, song-writing, speech-writing.
Word-crafting workshops, residential retreats and mentoring support, in the UK, France, and online.
Play, explore, dream, imagine, rage, laugh, love and share the adventure with like-minded souls.
Founded by writer, psychotherapist, and creative writing tutor Bridget Holding.
How To Take Part
Techniques to animate and form your words, supported by wisdom and inspiration from wordsmiths in all forms.
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About Bridget Holding
Bridget feels passionate about continuing to build a support community motivated to find passion, power, connection and freedom within the experience of writing and storytelling. At a certain point, feeling blocked in her creative process, she unchained herself from her desk and broke out of the office. Living and writing on beaches, and later in the mountains of the Pyrenees, she explored the relationship between the wild in the natural environment, the wild in herself and the wild in her world. In doing so, she touched in with the instinctual, the embodied, the sensory and the expressive. Back in her office she integrated her personal experiential work with body-based psychotherapy principles. In 2011 she founded Wild Words and The Society For Writers In-The-Wild.
She has given talks and workshops at venues throughout the UK, including at The London School of Economics, Penzance Literary Festival, Swindon Festival of Literature, Chipping Campden Literary Festival, Dartington Ways with Words, Swanwick Writers' Summer School, and Uppingham Summer School. Articles written by her, or about her work, have been published in The Psychotherapist Magazine, Writing Magazine and Saga Magazine, among other publications.
Bridget completed an honours degree in English literature, before working in film production. In her twenties she was an award winning short filmmaker and screenwriter in London. She also gave creative support to other writers, and read scripts for Sky Television. Later she began teaching creative writing for The University of Exeter and The Open University.
After practicing Buddhist-based mindfulness for many years, a wish to understand the human psyche, as well as her own creative process better, led her into a four-year integrative arts-based psychotherapy training. This provided a solid grounding in Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She explored the profound implications of a body-centred approach to therapy that cuts through the repetitive thought patterns that we can get caught in at times of difficulty.
She is a writer, teacher and all-round lover of the wild.