Words and Wellbeing

Workshop with Jasmine Cooray

Online Event
Sat 15 May
14:00 UK
£0.00 to £8.00

In Words and Wellbeing, Jasmine Cooray will offer writing exercises to provide nourishment to ourselves. We will open a conversation with our creative voice, try out mindful writing, and play with some self-appreciation. This workshop will be gentle and exploratory, with a slant towards poetry, and sharing will be optional. There’ll be an opportunity for poem writing in the workshop, alongside more open, less structured writing.

This workshop will take place on Zoom and is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. It will last for two hours, including a short break. Bring something to write with!

About the speaker:

Jasmine Cooray is a poet of mixed Sri Lankan and British descent. She writes, facilitates workshops in creative writing, and supports the development of emerging writers. She is also a qualified counsellor. Jasmine weaves principles of self-care and self-exploration into her facilitation design – she runs a private psychotherapy practice and is committed to making the tools of the therapeutic realm accessible to more people. Jasmine has been writing for many years and has performed in arts venues across the UK, including the Tate Modern, and the Royal Festival Hall. She has designed and facilitated creative writing projects in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges, and for organisations such as the Barbican Centre, the Southbank Centre, First Story, CityRead and Mental Fight Club. She was Writer in Residence at the National University of Singapore in 2013 and a 2015 BBC Performing Arts Fellow, and is a Spread the Word Associate Writer.

How do the Writers Gathering events work?


Once you have booked your workshop place using our online ticketing site, you will receive a confirmation email. 30 minutes before the start of the workshop, a reminder email will be sent out to you with the link to access the workshop on Zoom. Workshops will not be streamed live anywhere else. Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, and will last for two hours, including a short break.

Panel discussion

The panel discussion will be streamed live on the Wigtown Book Festival website, YouTube channel and Facebook page, so you don’t need to register to access it. However, it’s still worth signing up as you will be sent a direct link to the event and a reminder 30 minutes beforehand.

Don’t forget to check your spam folder for the confirmation and reminder emails in case they end up in there.

WG21 Weekend Pass
Why not purchase our WG21 pass, which at £30 gives you a 100% discount on 1 ticket to each event. Please note that you will still need to book a place on the workshops you would like to attend. Click Here To Purchase WG21 Pass. Passes must be purchased separately before booking on to the individual workshops.

We appreciate that not everyone can afford the £8 workshop fee or £30 for a weekend pass. Making the Writers’ Gathering as accessible as possible is a priority of ours and so we are offering a number of bursaries for each workshop. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete this online form or email Isla on isla@wigtownbookfestival.com. Live captioning will also be available on request.

Asking questions

During the workshops, you can ask a question verbally and by using the chat facility on Zoom. On live-streamed events, questions can be put into the live chat box on YouTube or in the comments box on Facebook and they will be forwarded to the speakers.

Catch up

The panel discussion will be available on catch-up. However, the workshops are not being recorded and will not be available anywhere else after they take place.

Buy the books

Browse our online bookshop, which will stock all our speakers’ latest titles.


If you have any queries about the Writers’ Gathering, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing isla@wigtownbookfestival.com.