Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing workshop (Sheffield)

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Sheffield College

Granville Road

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S2 2RL

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N/B: Date updated for the second workshop session.

We're running a series of three free creative writing workshop sessions in Sheffield. We're using archaeological material and contemporary experiences to inspire short stories, flash fiction and poetry around death, dying, bereavement and grief. It's our contribution to trying to normalize such experiences and break the 'taboo' of talking about them.

We're putting together an anthology of the participant's pieces and holding a celebration event where people can share their work (if they want to, no pressure).


Dates & times

The full course of the workshop will be run in Sheffield over three sessions:

  • 12th March 2019
  • 2nd April 2019
  • 4th June 2019

Each session of the workshop will run between 7 to 8:30pm and at Sheffield College's City Campus.


FAQs

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Feel free to email us at: continuingbonds@bradford.ac.uk


Do I have to attend all three sessions?

The sessions form an interlinked course which develop on each other. Participants can offer each other creative feedback and participants will get most benefit from taking part in all three sessions.


Is there a minimum age for participants?

The workshops will have themes of death, dying and bereavement and are therefore aimed at adults rather than children, although we welcome the participation of young adults (16yrs +)


I can't get to Sheffield, are you running the workshops anywhere else?

We are running the same series of workshops in two other cities (Bradford & Manchester) in the same weeks as the Sheffield workshop. If you would like to sign up for a different city please get in touch via email at ContinuingBonds@Bradford.ac.uk


What is the aim of the workshops?

You are invited to a series of three creative writing workshops focusing on themes of death, dying, bereavement and grief. So often in the West we do not speak of these issues, lacking the language, opportunity, encouragement and someone to listen. Yet, the past provides rich stories of how people throughout time have mourned, remembered and grieved. These workshops provide a space for individuals to create pieces of poetry, flash fiction and short stories using archaeological materials and contemporary experiences of death, dying, bereavement and grief. Workshop one focuses on ‘inspiration’, workshop two on ‘deepening connection’ and workshop three on finalising and drawing together edits for the anthology. We aim to give feedback, build writing networks and celebrate the pieces created in an anthology (available free online) and a celebration event.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to attend all three workshops (if possible), join in with creating a piece of creative writing or poetry and should you wish to, allow us to include this in our anthology. You will engage with peer feedback. You'll be asked to consider the themes of death, dying, bereavement and grief, using both archaeological and contemporary material to inspire you. You and your family/friends will also be invited to our celebration event which gives you the opportunity to read out your piece, or an extract from this, and to hear the pieces of others. You will also be asked to complete an evaluation form.

Everyone is welcome, whether an experienced writer or complete novice.

How long will it take?

The workshops will last for an hour and a half each. You'll be asked to work on your piece outside of the sessions and read the pieces of others ready to give feedback. The celebration event will last around three hours and will be set for a date most convenient for the majority.

Who has access to my information?

Personal information (such as email addresses) will be kept confidential within the research team and shared on a need to know basis. We would like the discussions in the workshops to be kept confidential so people feel safe to share should they wish to, although sharing personal information is not a requirement of the workshops. You are welcome to publish your creative writing in our anthology anonymously or under a pseudonym should you wish to. You will remain the 'owner' of any writing you produce and which we publish.

If I change my mind, can I withdraw?

You can withdraw at any time up until your piece is published in our anthology.

Are there any risks?

The workshops are not intended to constitute any type of therapy or counselling, they are primarily writing workshops. Most of us (if not all) will have been affected by death and bereavement at some point. Therefore, some may find the workshops to bring up emotions and memories which are difficult for them. You will be encouraged to ensure you look after yourself and can take a break from the workshop at any point.

Participants are also likely to see images of human remains (as one might see in an exhibition or museum), which for some could be unnerving.

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