FREE creative writing workshops for people who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance.

Come to as many as you wish – all offer something different.

We are running six workshops in Norwich, 10.30am-12.30pm on the following dates:

  • 17 March – Session 1: Snapshots
  • 31 March – Session 2: Object Lesson
  • 14 April – Session 3: Nature (Trees)
  • 28 April – Session 4: Nature (Weather)
  • 12 May – Session 5: Nature: (Space)
  • 26 May – Session 6: Coming Home

Please note, we only need you to book on one of the six sessions, but you can attend all sessions if you choose. 


Session five – Nature (space)

  • Using image prompts, students will think about space and its meanings. Not just outer space but green spaces, inner space, empty space, space to grow, imaginative space, spaceman/woman. Discussion.
  • Break
  • Writing exercise: a poem, story or non-fiction piece about what space means to you. Read and share.

About the tutor

Sarah Bower is a novelist and short story writer. She has taught creative writing for many years, in settings as various as sheltered accommodation for the elderly in Norwich to Lingnan University in Hong Kong. She also manages the Escalator and Emerging Translator Mentoring Schemes for the National Centre for Writing. Her fiction has been translated into ten languages. Her first novel, The Needle in the Blood, won the Susan Hill Award in 2007. Her short fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies and been read on BBC radio. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was shortlisted for the Curtis Brown scholarship for 2001/2002.

Help is available with travel costs–please indicate this when booking. We can provide up to £5 per session for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

This is offered on a first come, first served basis up to a limited amount. You’ll need to bring a receipt/ticket to the session and be reimbursed on the day. Contact us if you have any questions.

If you have any other access needs, please contact us in advance so we can discuss the best ways to support your needs.

For more information, please contact us on 01273 234780 or via email on [email protected]



12/05/2020 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall,
115-123 King Street,
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How to book

You can book a place by completing the form below. We aim to keep the cost of our training free or as low as possible. Please consider making a donation below.

Ticket TypePriceSpaces
Free ticket£0.00
Free ticket with £3 donation£3.00
Free ticket with £5 donation£5.00
Free ticket with £10 donation£10.00


Registration Criteria

Our workshops are for for artists and writers who are under-represented. We work with those who feel they lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Please select all from the list below that apply to you.

having a mental health issue
having a physical disability
having a long-term limiting illness
having a learning disability/ADHD
being neurodiverse/ASD
having a sensory impairment
being from a working class background
having a substance misuse issue
being homeless or in temporary accommodation
being a survivor
being long term unemployed
being a carer
being an offender or ex-offender
being a care leaver
being part of the BMER or Traveller community
being a part of the LGBTQ+ community
being an older person (65+)



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