As you know, I was Writer in Residence at St Gregory’s School, Bath, in the academic year 2017-2018, and I’ve been using this blog as a place to record my experience, especially workshops I’ve run. This is a post about using two poems by Katherine Stansfield, ‘How to make a good crisp sandwich’ and ‘Socks … Continue reading Poetry workshop ideas: #writerinschool
I’ve enjoyed these tweets from different writers who’ve shared their stories of not being straight out of the cradle when their writing received recognition. Here are a few of them: Did an MA in Creative Writing at 52, first competition win at 54, novel out at 55, second out at 57 next year and sooooooooo … Continue reading My started late, stop-start writing “career”
Hello from my Summer Holidays! Hope you’re all well. I’m taking a leaf out of Anthony Wilson’s blog and re-blogging a few of my older posts while I’m in the land of intermittent wifi. The days seem longer here and I appear to be getting more done. That aside, I thought this short article I … Continue reading Why bother with Creative Writing courses and workshops?
WordWeavers are writing workshops and classes run by Josephine Corcoran. These are interactive, participatory workshops for anyone interested in reading and writing poetry and short fiction. All materials, other than pens and notebooks, will be provided. Sessions will centre on the reading and informal discussions of a wide range of, mainly, contemporary texts and a … Continue reading WordWeavers – Creative Writing
Anita Chapman’s interesting blogpost about the benefits and drawbacks of taking excerpts from the first draft of a novel to a writing workshop has got me thinking about when it’s best to take poetry. At what stage of the writing process will scrutiny by others benefit a poem? It’s a relevant question for me because I’ve … Continue reading When is the best time to workshop a poem?
This post outlines all the writing prompts and exercises used in my two-hour writing workshop. You might find it useful if you run writing workshops yourself (I have included all credits, where possible, so please acknowledge this blog if appropriate). You might like to use the exercises as writing prompts for your own writing or, … Continue reading Writing Flash-Fiction Workshop at Trowbridge Museum, 16th May, 2012
Anyone who’s attended a Creative Writing class or workshop, or who has studied Creative Writing at any level, will have been asked the following question at least once: “Can you teach/be taught Creative Writing?” Here’s what I say in response: It isn’t so much about teaching as about being immersed in a writing community for … Continue reading Why bother with Creative Writing workshops and courses?
After a few years of not going to any regular writing events, other than the lovely Stanza I organise here in Trowbridge, I’m taking part in the 2019/20 Poetry Business Writing School which means I’ll be up in Sheffield several times a year for workshops and I’ve already begun reading for the course and completing … Continue reading A student again
In November 2018, I was lucky enough to attend two days of training with the National Literacy Trust to update and improve my skills as a writing workshop facilitator in schools. The course was based in Victoria Park Primary School, an absolutely lovely school in Bristol, and facilitated by Fay and Tim from the National … Continue reading School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust
Three years ago, I was lucky enough to be selected for the Aldeburgh Eight Advanced Poetry Seminar, organised by the now, very sadly, discontinued Poetry Trust. I had an amazing time as an Aldeburgh Eight Poet with a free festival pass – which, for me, felt like being a child allowed to run amok in … Continue reading My bags are packed for Poetry in Aldeburgh