Creative writing courses for vulnerable locals launched in North Tyneside

Helen Aitchison teaches at one of her writing workshops for Write on the Tyne

Submitted by Helen Aitchison

A new Community Interest Corporation (CIC) has been created to support vulnerable people in the community through writing.

Helen Aitchison, a published writer from North Tyneside, decided to combine her passions of working with vulnerable people and advocating for social justice and inclusion with her love of writing.

Combining the two, Helen has created Write On The Tyne, which will provide a range of writing courses for marginalized groups in the community.

Supported by The Business Factory to set up the business, she hopes the classes will give people a gentle and supportive introduction to writing.

Some of the sessions will be specifically focused on wellness, to include elements of therapies in which she was trained, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Alongside fellow author Rachel Hutchins, Helen began teaching a four-week course for local women who have experienced abuse.

North Tyneside Libraries have invited her to give a writing for wellbeing course in the borough on Thursday, May 19.

Helen said: “I started writing about two and a half years ago, and I’m now a published author.

“My first novel, The Dinner Club, came out in March 2022, and I hope more novels will be published.

“I look forward to the opportunity to deliver more to local areas.

“The main goal is for people to have fun and experience expression and imagination in a safe and stimulating environment.

“We all have a story inside of us, and I’m delighted that the region is telling its own.”

To learn more about the courses offered by Helen, click here.

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