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, They Eat Culture and New Writing North. writing workshops from the Creative Future Literary Awards

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

Book your free place on any of our creative writing workshops via the booking form at the bottom of this page.

Writing Workshops – Timetable:

Brighton – New Writing South
– 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (2 hours)
Venue – New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT
20/04/2018 – Workshop 1
11/05/2018 – Workshop 2
15/06/2018 – Workshop 3
14/09/2018 – Workshop 4
12/10/2018 – Workshop 5
09/11/2018 – Workshop 6


Preston – They Eat Culture
Time – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (2 hours)
Venue – Peoples Production Lab, Guildhall Street, Preston, PR1 3NU
17/04/2018 – Workshop 1
08/05/2018 – Workshop 2
12/06/2018 – Workshop 3
11/09/2018 – Workshop 4
09/10/2018 – Workshop 5
13/11/2018 – Workshop 6


Please note that unfortunately due to popular demand the Newcastle sessions have already filled up, you can enter your details to be placed on the waiting list and we will notify you closer to the date if a space opens up, apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Newcastle – New Writing North
Time – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (2 hours)
Venue – Newcastle City Library, 33 Bridgstreet West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AX
24/04/2018 – Workshop 1 – FULL WAITING LIST ONLY
29/05/2018 – Workshop 2 – FULL WAITING LIST ONLY
26/06/2018 – Workshop 3 – FULL WAITING LIST ONLY
25/09/2018 – Workshop 4 – FULL WAITING LIST ONLY
30/10/2018 – Workshop 5 – FULL WAITING LIST ONLY
27/11/2018 – Workshop 6 – FULL WAITING LIST ONLY

Writing Workshops – Topics:

Workshop #1
Sensing the Word, Sensing the World – Synaesthesia

A workshop exploring how writers use their senses to bring stories and poetry vividly to life. There will be lots of games and exercises so you can try these things for yourself and possibly even produce the most startling and original thing you’ve ever written! Beginners and experienced writers are equally welcome. There’s plenty we can learn from each other.

Workshop #2
The Writer’s Palette – Colour

Colours have been used symbolically for centuries to the point where they have now become clichés. Time to order a new paint box! This is a workshop to refresh and rejuvenate experienced writers and get beginners really thinking. We’ll look at examples of colour imagery and there will be lots of visual material to stimulate new ideas. Prepare to be dazzled.

Workshop #3
Music for Inspiration

Some writers have music on as a background noise. Some writers prefer silence. This workshop is different. We’ll be using music as a springboard to jump into scenes and images. There will be quite a range of music as well as some structured soundscapes. An iPod with MP3s pre-loaded so that they can be played through a headset will be available if the ambient sound of a room causes difficulty.

Workshop #4
Speaking in Tongues – Translation, the Lover’s Art

Charles Simic says “Translation is the closest possible reading one can give a poem – a lover’s reading.” You can never be closer to a writer than when you are trying to understand things from their point of view. This workshop, for beginners as well as more confident writers, will take you on a fascinating journey from one mind to another and back again. You don’t have to speak a foreign language to take part, but you do have to be a bit in love with words. You may discover a world you never knew existed.

Workshop #5
Are Words Enough? The Joy of Storyboarding.
Many people use storyboards – screenwriters, graphic novelists, some Deaf poets and the occasional fiction writer. Who knows, perhaps a few hearing poets do too. Even if you are not used to working this way, it can be an exciting approach which may lead to new ideas. Beginners and experienced writers are welcome. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy this, but a tendency towards curiosity and creativity helps enormously.

Workshop #6
A Question of Attitude – the writer’s tone
People may hear or read your words, but they feel your attitude. In our final workshop we’ll be exploring the relationship between writers and their audiences. We’ll be looking at plenty of examples and have a go at re-writing them during the course of or session. There will be pictures for inspiration to help you produce your own piece of work too. Beginners and experienced writers are always welcome.

Register for 2018 Workshops

  • If you are a street sleeper, please type 'no fixed abode' in the address line.
    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.
    Please select one of the above
  • 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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