Workshop on writing poetry to manage emotions – The Royal Gazette

Updated: April 12, 2022 11:03

Patricka Ferguson (Photograph provided)

A woman who started writing poetry as a teenager will show others how she can use the art form to manage emotions in a workshop this week.

Patricka Ferguson said people who had never written poetry before might find the experience was not what they expected.

The Poetic Approach to Healing workshop, hosted by the Women’s Resource Center, will run from 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Ms Ferguson said: ‘It’s something I’ve been doing myself since I was 15 to deal with anything that may come out emotionally that I’ve found difficult to vocalize and express. I used my poetry for that.

She added: “It’s definitely a coping mechanism to deal with different things that you go through in life, whether they’re happy or sad, bad or good.

“A lot of people keep a journal and they move on and figure things out in their lives. Poetry can also help with this.

Ms Ferguson said she has used meditation and poetry to help people, but this will be her first workshop.

Although it’s designed for “everyone”, she added that people who need a “coping outlet” would find it particularly useful.

Ms Ferguson explained: ‘It was me at 15 who thought you had to know how to rhyme – poetry isn’t that constraining.

“It’s an open and carefree medium, you can make it whatever you want it to be.

“Even if you try it for the first time, you will find that it is very different from what you expected.”

She will share some of her own poems during the workshop, which costs $25, at the WRC office at Sofia House on Church Street.

Ms Ferguson will then guide people through activities to help them open up before they put pen to paper themselves.

* For more information or to register, email [email protected] or call 295-3882.

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