On Saturday March 1st, fellow writer Rebecca Audra Smith and myself are running a some creative writing workshops at Madlab in the Northern Quarter, called ‘Breathing Lightly‘.
What is it?
We wanted to do something in the run-up to International Women’s Day (8th March), and although we didn’t want to run something that was specifically women-only, it got us thinking about the personal and the physical. We decided to structure the workshops around writing about The Body, touching on the sensual poetry of Sharon Olds, the exploration of a foreign and changing self as in Kafka’s Metamorphosis, and the sense of displacement in transhuman sci-fi.
Basically, this workshop is for anyone, doing any kind of writing. Our aim is to practise techniques and spark some fresh ideas, and hopefully have some fun doing it.
The workshops run from 10:40 – 4:30, including breaks and a feedback/reading session at the end. We also intend to provide a workbook of references and writing exercises to take away afterwards!
The whole day costs £15 (£12 concession), which will help us cover room hire, refreshments costs and photocopying 🙂
What will I get out of it?
1) We both love writing, and we love sharing ideas and techniques with other writers.
2) These workshops are a collaborative effort, and the idea is that you’ll benefit from a mix of approaches and diverse interests and ideas.
3) Supporting fellow writers and meeting new people.
4) A workbook based on the session, with ideas and writing exercises to take home.
5) Homemade cake!
Please do come along if you’re free, it’s gonna be a good ‘un, and if it goes well we want to look at doing more around different themes.