Life of Change – 6 Week Writing Workshop: Sheffield

About the course

Change can feel like something that happens to us, something we fear, or something we relish–but it can also transform us. In this six week course we will share our experience of change, learn new life-writing skills, and enjoy precious space to write in a supportive environment. Light refreshments will be provided.

This workshop is for all writers, new or seasoned, whether you’re working on fiction, non-fiction, plays, essays, theses or poetry. 

Who is it for?

This workshop is for all underrepresented writers–creatives who face barriers to opportunities due to mental health, physical health/disability, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, neurodivergence, substance misuse, survivors, working class backgrounds, and those from the LGBTQIA+ community, Black, Asian, traveller, mixed heritage or other global majority backgrounds.

About the tutor

Susan Hunter Downer is an award-winning creative writer, journalist, and workshop facilitator of African heritage. She enjoys poetry, non-fiction, and short stories. In 2023, she was poet in residence at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals as part of the Our National Health Stories project, led by Kwame Kewi-Armah, to mark 75 years of the NHS.  She is (still) working on her first novel.


Tuesdays – February 20 & 27 / March 5, 12, 19 & 26


11am – 1pm




Graves Gallery (above the Central Library), Surrey Street, Sheffield


There are three flights of stairs from the main Library to the Graves Gallery entrance. The Gallery itself is step free.

Wheelchair users are able to access the Library and Graves Gallery on Arundel Gate, where the Library porters will assist you in accessing the Gallery on the 5th floor via the lift. A lift is available in the main library foyer, however there are a number of steps up from street level.

The nearest accessible toilet is at the Millennium Gallery, approx. 300m from the Graves Gallery.

The disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders on Surrey Street are currently unavailable due to maintenance work on the Central Library building. You can find the location of other disabled parking spaces in the city centre on the Sheffield City Council website.

Assistance Dogs are welcome in the Graves Gallery.

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Graves Gallery,
Surrey Street,
S1 1XZ
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