“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ? William Wordsworth

Commissioned by Tyneside and Northumberland Mind and funded through the Community Foundation, Writing Grief is a six-week writing course designed to help those dealing with grief.

Devised and delivered by Nicki Walker, a fully qualified, BACP-registered counsellor and Lucie Brownlee, a professional writer and tutor, the course combines individual and group writing exercises with expert support and advice.

Using a variety of writing modes and creative stimuli, participants will work progressively towards expressing their grief in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Individual and group writing exercises, providing the opportunity to share and discuss your grief with others who understand. Space to think so you can commit real and quality time to healing.
  • Two fully-trained, professional tutors so you can be sure you are getting the best possible help and support from people who understand.
  • Learn new skills for a sense of achievement
  • Meet people in similar situation to feel less alone in your grief

Contact Tyneside and Northumberland Mind 0191 477 4545 for more details, or alternatively email

The first course starts Wednesday 9th March 2016.

About the tutors

Nicki Walker is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, with a BA (hons) degree in Counselling. She is a Cruse trained Bereavement Volunteer with three years’ experience, and has also worked for the NHS as a part of her counselling training. She spent a year volunteering for the NSPCC as a School Service Volunteer, educating primary children about abuse. On a personal level, she has suffered a number of close bereavements, including her parents and two older siblings, and most recently in February 2014 she lost her husband of 30 years after a long struggle with cancer. She is a member of WAY (widowed and young), a bereavement support network for people who are widowed under the age of 51. Creative writing has been a long standing hobby, and she has used it as an effective medium for emotional release and self-development for many years.

Lucie Brownlee is a professional writer and tutor, currently studying for a doctorate in creative writing. She lost her husband Mark suddenly in 2012; he was just 37. Lucie has since written on bereavement for many publications, including the Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and the Mail on Sunday. Wife After Death, Lucie’s blog about losing Mark, won Best Personal Blog in the Blog North Awards 2013. Her memoir, Life After You, based on her first two years of young widowhood, was published in 2014 by Virgin Books. Optioned for TV in December of the same year, it is a Sunday Times bestseller and one of Richard and Judy’s Autumn Book Club picks for 2015. Lucie teaches creative writing both in schools and one-to-one. Last year she devised and taught ‘Memoir and Me’, a six week evening course as part of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts adult education programme. Lucie has been a member of WAY (widowed and young) and is a passionate advocate of writing as a therapeutic response to loss.

1 comment

  • Freda Billham

    11 March 2016, 8.58am

    My Son died in a car accident - I have written down words ever since trying to come to terms with never seeing him again.

    I would love to join this group...what an amazing idea .

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