Free Workshops


Would you like to explore new approaches to writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment? Join author Laura Wilkinson for a series of six inspiring workshops, designed to get you writing and sharing new work. Linked to the CFWA 2019 competition, our first session will examine personal objects as a springboard for stories and poems. Subsequent sessions will be created for the specific needs of the group. Suitable for beginners and more established writers. Bring a (small!) object from home to the first session.

New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT

Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm

6th March 2019
20th March 2019
3rd April 2019
17th April 2019
1st May 2019
15th May 2019

Newcastle – Young Writers

In partnership with New Writing North, we’re holding free workshops for under-represented young writers (18-25).

Come and explore approaches to genres and techniques in a fun, supportive environment; get writing and share your work.  Suitable for beginners and more established writers. Each session explores something different; you can come to as many as you like.

Room 7, Level 6
Newcastle City Library
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne

Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm

21st March 2019 – Poetry
18th April 2019 – Scriptwriting
16th May 2019 – Crime Fiction
20th June 2019 – Lyrical Fiction

Newcastle – Adults

Workshop #1 – The weight of words

Can we really say more by using fewer words? Why do some words weigh more than others? Are some thoughts heavier than others? We’ll be looking at examples of haiku from around the world as well as the shortest story ever written – and we’ll have a go at writing our own.

Workshop #2 – Food for thought

From the groaning tables of Charles Dickens’ novels to the privations of Steinbeck’s dustbowl and Müller’s Soviet Russia, food has been written about extensively. In the hands of poets, it gets weird – you could be married with an onion ring and find humble mushrooms massing like an army. What item of food sets your creative juices going? Bring in a contribution if you want, though there will be plenty to choose from in the mystery bag.

Workshop #3 – Landscape and identity

Following on from our enormously popular colour workshop last year, we’ll be looking at abstract landscapes for inspiration. How much does landscape shape what we write? What does landscape tell us about ourselves? Landscapes have histories, just as we do.

Workshop #4 – What the fly saw and what I thought about it

Everyone has a story to tell, but what if a fly told it for us? Would it see the things we see? Would it say the same things we say? This workshop will explore narrative points of view and whether there is such a thing as objective reality.

Figgis Room
Tyneside Cinema
10 Pilgrim St
Newcastle upon Tyne

Wednesdays 10:00am-12:00pm

Sorry, these sessions are fully booked. You can email [email protected] to be placed on the waiting list (can you please stipulate the name, date and location of workshop please) and we will notify you closer to the date should a space become available.

13th March 2019 – The weight of words
17th April 2019 – Food for thought
15th May 2019 – Landscape and identity
5th June 2019 – What the fly saw and what I thought about it

Norwich – coming soon!

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