Why do I teach Creative Coaching?

Allowing myself to free with my creativity saved my life. I don't mean to be overdramatic and silly (although I'm sometimes both), but when I was at my lowest ebb, desperately suicidal and ill, I had nothing, I couldn't make sense of the world and I felt I had no purpose. One part of my recovery was to reconnect with my creative urge. We all have a creativity in our soul; whether it's baking cake, playing minecraft or putting together a business presentation. They all go down the same neural pathway as sculpture, poetry and song. I concentrate on writing a stepping stone to other diciplines. Namely because I have a degree in screenwriting, so I feel confident in the technical aspect of constructing stories that work. The skills can be used in all walks of life, and through my own practice I've started to branch out into other aspects of creativity myself. 

 

‘I first met Simon when he came to teach a course in Creative Writing at the AgeUK Centre to which I belong. Although I was very keen to attend I was also very nervous as I had never had the courage to attempt such a project before. Simon put all the attendees at ease immediately and under his gentle guidance managed to bring us all out of our shells, and me especially out of my initial shyness. He has that gift of being able to inspire which is so important in engaging people to learn new things.'

- Eileen Roy, Former Student

My whole 'mission statement' is that everyone can be creative, in any field. The two biggest stumbling blocks are: 

 

1. LACK OF CONFIDENCE 

 

2. PERCEIVED RULES ABOUT HOW TO DO THINGS 

 

These have held back my students and creative friends for as long as I've been doing these workshops. What I do is simple yet invaluable. I provide a listening ear for peoples ideas, I give prompts and tasks, but more importantly I listen and feed back; above all I make sure THINGS GET DONE! My sessions can be 1-on-1, in person or online (via phone or skype). I charge a flat fee of £10 (in advance) per a 50 minute session. This includes: 

 

- A conversation (from session 2 verbal feedback of previous task)

- A Task 

- A deadline 

- Written Feedback 

 

'He is so full of ideas. So young and vibrant. Through him I got to read my poetry at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden. I had not even known such a place or event existed. He encouraged me , praised me, and led me to a far better publisher than the one I had. He changed my writing life.It was so refreshing and revitalising to have my stuff so admired by someone much younger than me. Renewed my self belief which was pretty much near dead.'

Pamela Pickton - Author, Former Student 

It's as simple as that. I have taught creative writing at AgeUk (both in Barnes and Twickenham) and managed to convince people who had lived 80+ years thinking that they're no good at writing to take up creative writing! So what are you waiting for. Contact me at: contact@simonjay.co.uk if you're interested. NOTE: Can only do IRL sessions in Edinburgh, U.K.

 

‘I was searching for a creative input to a couple of writing projects and I was lucky enough to find in Simon an amazingly resourceful playwright and comedian.’

Rich Barker - Entrepreneur, former student

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