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 for people of all ages 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.
I’ve run 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 Writers in Education, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
It’s been an honour to be invited to speak also at NAWE2018, where I’ve taught about art and artefacts in fiction:
All of the above workshops are based on my research into the uses of art and artefacts for narrative purposes: during my MA at Goldsmiths I focused on A.S. Byatt’s technique; I subsequently extended my study to additional authors and art forms. These insights have been invaluable to my own writing, as the presence of art, artefacts and music throughout That Summer in Puglia attests.
On my blog you’ll find posts about various aspects of creative writing, such as:
- What can writers learn from a composer?
- Lightness of thoughtfulness: why aspire to it?
- Why a dramatic monologue for ‘That Summer in Puglia’?
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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 and NAWE2018 conference programmes from NAWE website.