What is Writing Grief?

Writing Grief is a six-week course designed to help those dealing with grief through expressive writing.

  • 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.
  • Devised and led by 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.

Help deal with feelings of grief and loss through writing, in a supportive and understanding environment.

Currently we are only running courses in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, but are hoping to expand more widely later in the year.

Who are we?



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.

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 and the Independent 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 was one of Richard and Judy’s Autumn Book Club picks for 2015.

How much does Writing Grief cost?

Thanks to the generous support of the Linden Family Fund and Mind Tyneside and Northumberland we have a limited number of FULLY-FUNDED places available for our next course which starts in April. Please contact us:

Email: writinggrief@gmail.com

Phone: 07949007621

or via this site.

How do I apply?

If you would like to apply for a place on our course, please contact us via this site or at writinggrief@gmail.com.