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Free writing workshops

Alongside our national literary competition, Creative Future delivers a programme of creative writing workshops for under-represented writers in partnership with New Writing South, Writing West Midlands and New Writing North. 

All writing workshops are suitable for people who are new to creative writing as well as more experienced writers. Each workshop will include a number of practical exercises and group discussion, as well as time and support to create an original piece of writing. Each of our writing workshops is run by award-winning writer Pat Winslow.

All courses are free to attend, but you must register beforehand using the form below.

 


Writing Workshops: Descriptions

Please note that you are welcome to attend as many, or as few of the writing workshops as you wish.

 

Workshop 1. Human Stories – character building for fiction and poetrywriting workshops

Creating characters can be fun. All writers, from total beginners to those who have a publishing track record, have a cast of thousands they can draw from in their everyday lives. This workshop will take a novel approach to character development. You will be able to utilise your own knowledge and experience, and also dip into Pat’s mystery tin.

Using group discussion, personal reflection, warm-up games and writing exercises, this workshop will help writers at any stage of their career to gain confidence and expertise.

Brighton: 6pm – 8pm, 17th February 2017, at The Writers Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Birmingham: 2pm – 4pm, 23rd February 2017, at Writing West Midlands, Unit 204, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

Newcastle: 10.30am – 12.30pm, 27th February 2017, at Room 7, City Library, Charles Avison Building 33 New Bridge Street West Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Register for this workshop using the form below.

 

Workshop 2. Verisimilitude – making the reader believe the world you write about is realwriting workshops

It may be a poem about something you remember, it may be a story set on another planet – to engage the reader, the world you create should be tangible and credible. One of the ways we can do this is by fine-tuning one or all of our five senses.

This workshop will use group discussion, personal reflection, warm-up games, writing exercises and examples of other writers’ work to help you find a way of developing your own practise. As with all our writing workshops, writers at any stage of their career will find this invaluable.

Brighton: 6pm – 8pm, 10th March 2017, at The Writers Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Birmingham: 2pm – 4pm, 3rd March 2017, at Writing West Midlands, Unit 204, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

Newcastle: 2pm – 4pm, 16th March 2017, at Bewick Room 3, City Library, Charles Avison Building 33 New Bridge Street West Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Register for this workshop using the form below.

 

Workshop 3. Witnesses – why do we tell stories and who are the storytellers?writing workshops

Everyone loves a good story. Sometimes the person who’s telling the story is as important as the story itself. This workshop will explore the reasons behind our need to leave a mark. If you have a story to tell or a memory to share, this will be a good opportunity to start thinking about that. You might prefer to write about someone else’s memory or story, of course. Writers love imagining themselves into other people’s minds.

Using group discussion, personal reflection, warm-up games and writing exercises, this workshop will help writers at any stage of their career to gain confidence and expertise.

Brighton: 6pm – 8pm, 7th April 2017, at The Writers Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Birmingham: 2pm – 4pm, 21st April 2017, at Writing West Midlands, Unit 204, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA (Venue subject to change)

Newcastle: 10.30am – 12.30pm, 10th April 2017, at Room 7, City Library, Charles Avison Building 33 New Bridge Street West Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Register for this workshop using the form below.

 

Workshop 4. Rhythm – thinking about sound and space in our workwriting workshops

Words are to writers as notes are to a composer. Words are our only material. How we use them can create pictures and embed memories in the reader’s mind. We’ll be thinking about the sounds we make and exploring the shapes we make on the page so that we can leave a lasting impression.

This workshop will use group discussion, personal reflection, warm-up games, writing exercises and examples of other writers’ work to help you find a way of developing your own practise. As with all our writing workshops, writers at any stage of their career will find this invaluable.

Brighton: 6pm – 8pm, 12th May 2017, at The Writers Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Birmingham: 2pm – 4pm, 5th May 2017, at Writing West Midlands, Unit 204, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

Newcastle: 10.30am – 12.30pm, 22nd May 2017, at Room 7, City Library, Charles Avison Building 33 New Bridge Street West Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Register for this workshop using the form below.

 

Workshop 5. Making the ordinary extraordinarywriting workshops

Even the best writers get stuck sometimes. This workshop aims to help you find ways out of ‘stuckness’ – everything from writing games and exercises will be on-hand to jump-start you into a journey of a lifetime. We’ll also be looking at examples of how writers catch their readers by surprise.

Bring a piece of writing you feel particularly stuck with and put some of these games and exercises to the test.

As with all our writing workshops, writers at any stage of their career will find this invaluable.

Brighton: 6pm – 8pm, 7th July 2017, at The Writers Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Birmingham: 2pm – 4pm, 2nd June 2017, at Writing West Midlands, Unit 204, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

Newcastle: 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1st June 2017, at Bewick Room 3, City Library, Charles Avison Building 33 New Bridge Street West Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Register for this workshop using the form below.

 

Workshop 6.  Writing for radiowriting workshops

Writing for the ear offers great scope. You create half the picture – the listener creates the other half. It’s a two-way process.

We’ll explore soundscapes in this workshop and listen to extracts from plays and performed poetry. Using games and exercises, we’ll explore how radio works on the imagination. There will be some collaborative writing in this workshop. Don’t worry! This is for beginners and experienced writers alike. We’ll be experimenting and playing with ideas and testing them out.

Brighton: 6pm – 8pm, 21st July 2017, at The Writers Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Birmingham: 2pm – 4pm, 14th July 2017, at Writing West Midlands, Unit 204, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

Newcastle: 10.30am – 12.30pm, 3rd July 2017, at Room 7, City Library, Charles Avison Building 33 New Bridge Street West Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX – FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist only

Register for this workshop using the form below.

 


Please note that you are welcome to attend one or all of the writing workshops in your area.

Register for 2017 Workshops

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    You can select more than one workshop. All workshops are free to attend, but you must identify as a marginalised writer (see list below). Each workshop is limited to 15 participants. Please see above for dates and times.
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  • Registration Criteria

    The Creative Future Literary Awards workshops are for writers who are marginalised. Please select one or more categories which apply to you. Please select all that apply. (This is a funder’s requirement)

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