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Workshop: Writing the Body

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Human, non-human, our own or someone else's: how do we connect with the body in our work, to make our writing feel more real?

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We all experience the world through physical interaction with it. Through a combination of taste, smell, touch, seeing and hearing. We experience heat through its effects on our skin - making us itch or sweat or burn - and cold through the way it numbs our fingertips or turns our lips blue. If we experience hunger, it's through an ache in the belly, a lightness in the head. If we're full, we feel the stuffed heaviness in our stomachs, our exhausted brains, our limbs. This is the physical experience of being alive, of being human.

But how do we translate that bodily experience into our writing? No character exists in a void (and if they do, I'd argue that void is itself another kind of body). How do we root our characters in the physical world of our story, in a way that brings the body of the story alive for the reader?

Whether you’re a published novelist, or you just stash your scribblings in a shoebox under the bed, this 2-hour guided workshop will look at extracts from other stories, to explore how we can bring the body to life in our own writing.

I’ll also leave you with a take-home writing prompt, so you can keep on being inspired in your own time.

Who am I?

Katie Hale is an internationally recognised novelist & poet, with more than a decade’s experience of leading creative writing workshops.

Her novel, My Name is Monster, was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award, and has been translated into multiple languages. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and winner of the Munster Chapbook Prize. She has also featured on national television and radio, including programmes such as Radio 4’s Open Book and Front Row, and has created commissioned work for the National Trust, the Barbican Centre, and the BBC Contains Strong Language poetry festival.

She leads writing workshops for universities, arts organisations and schools. She also mentors emerging writers on a one-to-one basis.

Workshop cost: £20

(For each workshop, there are 2 free places available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Drop me a message if you'd like one of these places.)

Workshops run using Zoom & capped at 14 attendees, so it won't feel too crowded.

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Katie Hale is a poet & novelist, whose work has taken her across 7 countries & 3 continents. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster, was published by Canongate in 2019, and has been translated into German, Italian & Turkish. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface (flipped eye, 2017), and Assembly Instructions (Southword, 2019), which won the Munster Fool for Poetry Chapbook Prize. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence, and regularly runs writing workshops for festivals & in schools.

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