I’m always delighted to lead workshops – whether for institutions or private groups – and to tutor individuals of all ages and levels of experience. To enquire about my availability, simply contact me here.
Since 2013 I’ve repeatedly run creative writing workshops for diverse groups of participants on behalf of the tri-borough team based at The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The sessions focused on harnessing 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 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 present also at NAWE2018, where I’ve taught about art and artefacts in fiction:
In 2019 I ran a seminar and workshop at Middlesex University for students on the MA/PG Diploma course in Writing for Creative and Professional Practice. The session focused on the uses of collectible artefacts in writing.
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.
I’ve returned to Middlesex University in February 2020 as a Guest Lecturer to final-year students on the BA in Journalism & Creative Writing. My subject was how to achieve the balance between vital dimensions of the writing process – such as our imaginative vs our critical faculties, or free-flowing creativity vs structure – and of a writer’s activities.
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.