My name is Fran Creffield and I’m a self-employed, mature, intelligent and insightful woman with a particular interest, and over 30 years’ experience, in writing both commercial and therapeutic.
Words are powerful and I believe mastery of them can be life-changing so as well as developing my own practice I facilitate the process for others.
I’m available for writing commissions; for hire as a facilitator; available to give talks on the writing process and I take clients for individual, ongoing, counselling and coaching either via Skype or in person if you are local.
I have many years of experience working with a wide variety of clients particularly in the areas of addiction, trauma and grief. I am always keen to expand into new areas, share my knowledge and expertise and further develop my skills.
Writer: I have always written since being a small child. At school I won the W.H. Smith Young Writer of the Year Award and a merit award from Buckingham Palace. I still regularly enter writing competitions, perform poetry and write daily for work and pleasure.
Over the years I have written articles for many publications including the dating website eHarmony. I have an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development from the University of Sussex. I also write for newspapers, academic journals, factual and prose pieces and as much of my commercial work is for websites I am proficient in copywriting and SEO.
Counsellor: I trained with Relate, hold certificates in counselling and communication and have many years’ experience working with people in addiction. I have worked with dozens of people over the years using writing as a therapeutic tool to help them overcome issues in their life such as grief or relationship crisis. It is an extremely effective way of working and I have had many good outcomes. Working in this way equips people with tools they can utilise for the rest of their life.
Facilitator: I have facilitated writing groups for many years working in retreat centres, mental health day centres and running my own bespoke courses. I hold a safe space for people to explore their own process through writing and am able to adapt so the work is a group led process.
Coach: I have worked with many people including students and writers coaching and supporting them to find their writing voice. This is an extremely rewarding part of my work and can be extremely beneficial for anyone who struggles with confidence or writers block.
I had my own professional coach and mentor Gillie Bolton. She taught me on my first writers training Course at Northern College in Barnsley over 20 years ago. She became my mentor after I finished my MA in 2006 and helped me find my voice as a writer and faith in myself as a facilitator of other people’s growth and learning through words.
I contributed to her book Writing Routes: A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2010.
Facilitator of creative writing workshops and 1-1 therapeutic writing sessions for help with addiction at a residential retreat centre in Somerset 10 weeks a year.
Writing monthly relationship advice articles for website.
Writing creative reviews of properties for sale in the Brighton and Hove area.
Main duties in this role were to provide guidance and counselling to individuals and groups; run creative writing courses; facilitate poetry workshops; provide 1-1 writing therapy and continually research ways in which writing could be used to promote better mental health.
MA Creative Writing and Personal Development
Counselling Skills Levels 1 and 2
Relationship counsellor working with couples and individuals on all aspects of relationships. Completed initial 2 year training and participated in all ongoing supervision and training.
BA Hons Educational Studies, 2:1
I am available to write features, articles and copy for websites and publications. I am very happy to write on any subject and welcome new clients. I specialise in the areas of addiction and relationships.
Between retreats I am available to work with clients in groups and on a 1-1 basis. I arrange regular ongoing meetings either in person or via Skype. Therapeutic writing works particularly well with people who are struggling with addictions. No previous writing experience is needed.
I am available to work in groups and organisations throughout the UK and further afield by arrangement. I have a current CRB check and am qualified to work with young people and children. I specialise in the area of addiction and am available for work in treatment centres.
Thresholds short story forum - http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/on-george-mackay-brown/
BBC Women's Hour - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0198sxw
EHarmony UK advice site - http://www.eharmony.co.uk/relationship-advice/relationships#.UZJc-KuF9e0
EHarmony AUS advice site - http://www.eharmony.com.au/relationship-advice/
The Dating Diva - http://www.articlesbase.com/authors/the-dating-diva/1205705
Poetry anthology - http://www.companyparadiso.co.uk/performance-creffiield.html
Book contribution - http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849051071
Newspaper articles quoted in - http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/mending-hearts-170825.html, http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/healthandlife/relationships/sex-and-the-exes-219202.html, http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/break-ups-that-seal-our-fate-184103.html