I’m always delighted to lead workshops – whether for institutions or private groups – and to tutor individuals at any stage of their writing journey. To enquire about my availability, simply contact me here.
I’ve taught Creative Writing workshops in 2013, 2014 and 2016 on behalf of the tri-borough team based at The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. These have focused on how to harness the narrative potential of different arts. My first workshops were on photography in writing, drawing on examples from works by W.G. Sebald, Carol Shields, Penelope Lively and Rachel Seiffert.
My last workshop for RBKC was centred on music in writing, with reference to authors as diverse as E.M. Forster, Marcel Proust and James Joyce to Ann Patchett, Vikram Seth, Yasmina Reza, Orhan Pamuk, Julian Barnes, James Meek and Amit Chaudhuri.
These led to running comparable workshops in the autumn of 2016 at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London and at the Annual Conference of NAWE, the National Association of Teachers in Education, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
On my blog you’ll find posts about various aspects of creative writing, including the power of different arts to inspire stories and make for more vivid characters, settings and situations.
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“Valeria Vescina’s creative writing workshop sessions, hosted by RBKC libraries, have proved a very successful part of our varied events and activity programme. The combination of literature and other arts, starting with photography and music, has encouraged participants to express themselves in their own writing. Those who have taken part are waiting patiently for the next of what we hope will be a regular series of similar sessions.”
Sue Cornish, Libraries Adult Learning Co-ordinator, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster City Council
Writing by Green Chameleon. Reproduced under CC licence via Unsplash.
Reading by rawpixel.com. Reproduced under CC licence via Unsplash.
Announcement of Creative Writing Workshop: The Narrative Possibilities of Photographs from the The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website.
Announcement of Music in Creative Writing workshop, and front cover of The Kensington Magazine, from The Kensington Magazine, May 2016.
Images of NAWE2016 Conference programme from NAWE website.