£41.89 – £47.07

1-day Short Course: Motherhood and Creative Writing

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Writing West Midlands

Unit 204, Custard Factory

Gibb Street

Birmingham

B9 4AA

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This 1-day writing workshop will explore themes of motherhood, and how we write about motherhood.

Think back to how you felt when you first became a parent, or how your children have changed now they're older.

We will share our stories of motherhood - good and bad, trying, dreadful, wonderful, or indifferent - and openly discuss our individual journeys and where we are now on that journey.

We'll explore a variety of different approaches to writing about our unique motherhood experiences, starting with free cathartic writing sessions and sharing, followed by craft-based exercises.

The workshop will close with a reading of our drafted works, but this is not the end - this workshop will be the start of the mother writer's journey to tackling the subject: the start of a way forward into a new phase in your creative life.


Biography:

Helen Calcutt was born in the Black Country (1988) and now lives in Birmingham. Her work appears in over forty journals, including Poetry Scotland, Evoi, The London Magazine, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her pamphlet collection ‘Sudden rainfall’ was shortlisted for the PBS Pamphlet Choice Award, and in 2016 became a Waterstones best-selling collection. She has taken on writing residences with The National Trust, and Loughborough University, where she is also a visiting lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing. Helen works as a mentor and writing tutor for the likes of Andrew Motion’s Poetry By Heart, N.A.W.E, Poetry International, Writing West Midlands, and The Poetry Society. Her first full-length book of poems ‘Unable Mother‘, described as both a ‘violent and tender grapple’ with our ‘cosy notions of motherhood’ will be published by V Press in 2018. Helen is a dance artist and choreographer, as well as a poet.


Course dates:

Saturday 10 February, 10am-4pm with a break for lunch.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

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