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The power of the pen. The Psychological Health Benefits of Writing, Jenna Mayhew

Writing is one of the simplest yet most powerful tools we have for self-development. Writing down your thoughts and feelings ('expressive writing') forces you to stop and re-evaluate your experiences. It requires you to identify and label your emotions; and structure your thoughts in a particular way. This can have incredible results, including increased insight and resilience; sharper decision-making; stronger relationships; improved concentration and a better night's sleep.  

People have used writing to explore and express their emotions for thousands of years, but only relatively recently has research provided scientific evidence that when people transform their feelings and thoughts into language, almost every area of their health and wellbeing improves. 

This talk is for people interested in using writing for personal use, as well as coaches and therapists who are looking to use writing with clients. 

You will have a chance to try out expressive writing for yourself, and will learn:  

* How to write in a way that makes you happier, healthier and ultimately more successful

* The many benefits of writing versus talking

* The risks with writing 

* What the research says about expressive writing

* Our top tips for getting started

Jenna Mayhew

Co-founder and Therapist 

Write As Rain

Jenna is a registered as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Lapidus Association: Words for Wellbeing. 

Jenna worked in the social sector for seven years, and among other roles, provided clinical consultation to various not-for-profit agencies and their clients. She specialised in supporting clients with trauma, grief and loss, mood disorders and disabilities. 

Jenna relocated to London in May 2012, where she combined her clinical skills with her love of writing. She is a co-founder of Write As Rain: Written Word Therapy-a unique online therapy service that celebrates the benefits of writing.  

Jenna provides one to one counselling and therapy, and also runs regular Therapeutic Writing group sessions. Jenna is passionate about the immeasurable benefits of reading and writing. She is a board member of Boku Heart Inc, an Australian charity that partners with grass roots education providers in Sierra Leone.


Booking tickets: To book a ticket you need to click on “Attend” on the right hand side of the page. You will then be taken through to the payment page where you need a credit or debit card. Please note that although Paypal is used for payment, you do not need a Paypal account, just a credit or debit card. 

We are not able to take payment in any other form. You can book up to 3 tickets maximum (you plus 2 guests). 

Tickets are not available on the door. 

Tickets are non-transferable and can not be sold to other members. 

We have a waiting list system in place. 

Venue: St James Church Conference Centre. Walk down Piccadilly on the left hand side, away from Piccadilly Circus until you reach Costa Coffee (part of the Waterstone’s building). We are then down the black metal stairs located about 10ft away from Costa.

Time: The Doors open at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7pm sharp. 

Please note that we no longer allow late admittance to the talks. Late arrivals are extremely disruptive to the speaker, the audience members and the recording of the event. If you arrive past 7pm and the speaker has started, then you will not be permitted to enter the venue until the break at 7:45pm.

Refunds and cancelling tickets: Cancel your place with 24 hours notice, then a credit for a future talk (availability permitting) will be granted. 

To cancel your place and get a talk credit you need to follow these exact steps;

1. Change your RSVP to “not going”

2. Email me at [masked] and include your membership number (found on your profile page and indicate what talk you are cancelling and what talk you would like to attend instead.

Cash refunds are not available.

Waiting list: If you are on the waiting list then you will be sent an automatic notification should a place become available. Once this email it sent, it is first come first served. 

You need to change your RSVP to “going” and then make payment. If it is not allowing you to change your RSVP then it is because someone else has already got in there before you.

Food and drinks: Please feel free to bring in your own drinks, refreshments are not provided. Please however refrain from bringing in food.

Speaking at events: If you are interested in speaking at a future event, please email me direct at matt at interestingtalks dot co dot uk and put “speakers pack” in the subject bar. I will then send you all the details.

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  • Dee

    I really enjoyed it, thank you very much.

    October 10, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    An amazing thank you to jenna for such an interesting talk! for those that came Matt will be sending you all an email about how to claim a week free trial of the members site and securing the £4.99 a month offer as the price will be going up! Those who gave me forms please use this instead as some forms were difficult to read handwritings although it was my fault for not checking them as they were handed to me. You can check out Jenna's talk and 100+ hours of our other talks. Heres a sneak peak at a clip from Jenna's talk:

    October 9, 2013

  • Helen C.

    A wonderful introduction to the Interesting Talks London - thanks! Jenna is a brilliant speaker - clear, entertaining, informative and able to put points across without jargon and in a way that everyone could grasp. I was very impressed.

    October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first meetup with the group. The group were friendly and welcoming. The talk from Jenna has now inspired me to start writing and keeping a journal. Thank you Matt for organising this inspirational speaker.

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • lucia b.

    a very inspiring talk from jenna, clear, straight to the point and practical, I will start writing very soon...thanks matt for organising it!

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Matt,

    I couldn't make it for today's talk. Could I attend another one in its place.

    Thanks, Nitin

    October 7, 2013

  • F8

    Dear Matt
    Im very sorry - Im now no longer able to attend. I was really looking forward to this. Will this talk be available online and if so when?

    As a general rule, how soon after each talk are they lectures put up online?

    kind regards

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Matt,

    Looking forward to my first meetup with this group.

    October 7, 2013

  • Matt K.

    People attending this evening will need paper and pens for the written exercises. These will not be provided.

    October 7, 2013

  • Yahnyinlondon

    Hi Matt, I'd like to attend this talk if possible? Thanks.

    August 9, 2013

    • Yahnyinlondon

      Husband isn't well so unfortunately I need to be at home to look after little one tomorrow.

      October 6, 2013

  • F8

    Dear Matt, Please can you confirm my paypal payment has gone through (Paypal has sent me a receipt suggesting it has but the screen froze afterwards). Many thanks

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Matt

    Can I use my credit for this talk?

    August 28, 2013

    • Matt K.

      done for you now

      September 15, 2013

  • Orna R.

    Hi folks, looking forward to the evening. I'd love the opportunity to do a short interview with Jenna for my upcoming book on F-R-E-E-Writing. Might that be possible?

    September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Orna, that sounds great. Would you like to email me directly with some details? If so it's [masked] Looking forward to hearing from you.

      September 14, 2013

  • Lisa Y.

    Sounds fab!

    August 15, 2013

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