Sally Tissington is an artist and writer who has lectured in creative writing and art and creativity at the University of Warwick since 2013. She has a published novel – ‘Crocodile on the Carousel’ and another one on the way. Sally won the Jane Austen Short Story Competition in 2017 for her short story ‘Tomato Pushing Girl.’ and was runner up for the 2017 Brighton Flash Fiction Prize with ‘Hoof’.
She is fascinated by the idea that creativity can be stimulated by exposure to different media. Her own creative practice involves art and writing and she is always looking for ways to mix the two. More recently these ideas crossed over into her teaching practice at the University of Warwick where, in addition to teaching a wide range of creative writing modules she designed the module “Creativity: myth, madness and play,” . The module is a nexus of literary theory, psychology and neuroscience combined with practical sessions including creative writing, print making, working with clay and drawing. She wanted to create a course where people could dive into writing and making, experiment and take risks even if they had not written or made anything before.
Sally has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, in addition to an MA in Fine Art from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Her work is moving into a more therapeutic space of teaching expressive writing and art for well being and she is currently studying for an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at the Metanoia Institute.
Sally offers groups for Writing for Wellbeing and works one to one as a Writing Coach with a small number of writers. She begins teaching a new course in January 2019 – Creative Journalling, which will appeal to writers and artists alike as well as those who are interested in increasing their general creativity. People who take part in creative journal writing often report an increase in wellbeing as well as gaining insights and understanding into themselves. It provides a fresh way of approaching creativity and working through artistic blocks. The emphasis of the course will be on fun and experimentation. With Creative Journalling the process of writing is more important than aiming for a perfect finished piece. Reflection and not editing is the second stage to this kind of writing. Participants will not need any prior experience of writing or making as they will be guided through the process step by step.