Let’s Get Creating!

In March we’re delighted to run six online writing workshops hosted by six different writers. These fun, creative and accessible workshops cover a range of fabulous topics. Please join us if you want to develop your ideas, or simply try out something new.

There are only 10 places available on each 90-minute workshop and all workshops cost £5.00.

Workshops are held online on Saturdays – the 13th, 20th and 27th March – for full details, please see below.

The workshops will be run on Zoom. Once you have booked you will be sent a confirmation email, and on the day of the workshop, we will send you a Zoom link. If you do not have a Zoom account you can download the application for free or log-in via your browser. Workshops are for age 18+.

Writing Monologues

This workshop offers a fun and interactive exploration of the power of a monologue, its role and dramatic potential in theatre and radio. If you are already working on a piece bring it along but if you are brand new to the form, the workshop offers a solid introduction with exercises and ways into them. You will leave the workshop with some tools to develop your ideas further.

In preparation, please bring plenty of pens (coloured marker pens and biros) and paper (A4 size ideal) and any images (postcards, cards or magazine or newspaper photographs) or songs (bring the lyrics) that have caught your attention.

Gemma Mills McGrath writes scripts for stage and screen that explore the moral fault lines in the funny/sad/awkward realm. In 2014, her play Botticelli’s Angels was one of the three finalists in the Jack Studio Theatre’s Write Now Festival. In 2016, she was selected for a place on the Red Rock Writers Academy run by John Yorke and her trial script got her tipped for a commission on the show. In 2017, she produced her one-act play Reunions at Theatre 503 which had a sell-out run. She has an MA in Screenwriting from LCC and has co-run a writers’ workshop group over the last ten years, helping herself and other writers crack on with new work. In 2018, she completed the intensive TV writing programme The Tribe where she developed a psychological drama mini-series. She also writes short stories and poems and is currently developing monologue projects. www.gemmamillsmcgrath.co.uk

Writing Monologues

Date:       Saturday 13th March

Time:      11.00am – 12.30pm

Cost:       £5.00 (no booking fee)

To book online click here

Creative Writing in Music: ‘Vibe and… Repeat’

Many creatives have their own stories in regards to how they got into song writing or production, and they’ve all discovered various ways to develop themself in that said craft.

In this workshop, we will be introducing the exploration in which life and creativity can bring about words and emotions. In addition, mind mapping routes to capturing a ‘vibe’ and emphasising some key tips that may assist you in sparking and making that next dynamic song!

DAMÉLOLA is a singer-songwriter, lyricist and producer from London.

She has worked with award-winning industry talents and performed at prestigious events including Senegal Urban Women Festival, Mighty Hoopla and Cross The Tracks. Her versatile yet distinctive sound allows her freedom to express herself whilst composing unique music material.

Creative Writing in Music: ‘Vibe and… Repeat’

Date:        Saturday 13th March       

Time:       2.00pm – 3.30pm              

Cost:       £5.00 (no booking fee)

To book online click here

Exploring extended metaphors in poetry

In this workshop, you will explore what a metaphor is and how it can enhance the storytelling within a poem.

You will create your own metaphors and develop a poem based on exploring this poetic device.

Kassandra Lauren Gordon is a spoken word artist and has created poetry videos on her YouTube channel and has performed at poetry festivals and at headlined a poetry event at Stratford Royal Theatre. Kassandra has performed central stage of the Wandsworth Arts Festival and the Croydon Mela festival. Kassandra has just taken part in the iDENT Festival. The iDENT Festival is a celebration of the wide breadth of the Black experience and diverse culture. It seeks to challenge stereotypes, dispel unconscious biases and stimulate conversation. The aim of the festival is to create a celebration of Black commerce, community, heritage and culture that is distinctly different from the ‘typical’ Carnival type events. Kassandra is a poetry facilitator for Writerz and Scribez http://writerznscribez.org  Kassandra is part of the ‘Home is’ poetry collective https://toluagbelusi.com/projects/

Exploring extended metaphors in poetry

Date:       Saturday 20th March         

Time:       11.00am – 12.30pm                       

Cost:       £5.00 (no booking fee)

To book online click here

What have you got to say?

In this accessible workshop, you will complete some writing exercises, get helpful tips on developing your characters and by the end, have a better idea of your voice and the stories you want to tell! Suitable for all.

Chantelle Dusette is a writer and performer. From 2018–2019 Chantelle completed both new writing and story development programmes at The Criterion Theatre Piccadilly.

Her play “CLICK” made the final for the Off Cut Festival in Manchester, 53Two in 2019 and her latest piece “EV(E)OLUTION made the Alfred Fagon longlist for play of the year in 2020.

What have you got to say?

Date:       Saturday 20th March       

Time:      2.00pm – 3.30pm              

Cost:       £5.00 (no booking fee)

To book online click here

Soliloquy

A workshop using character creation, story arcs and creative writing to create the beginning of your own storytelling show. At the end of the workshop, you would have produced a short soliloquy.

This workshop is ideal for playwrights, poets, novelists and theatre-makers.

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu is a British-Ghanaian theatre-maker whose work aims to stretch the imagination of his audiences with his unique brand of storytelling. Previous work includes creating Sweet Like Chocolate Boy (Jack Studio & London Tour) and directing Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree Theatre). https://www.trisfa.com/writer

Soliloquy

Date:       Saturday 27th March       

Time:      11.00am – 12.30pm                       

Cost:       £5.00 (no booking fee)

To book online click here

Finding a Character

How to find a character and then a story starting from scratch.

This workshop will lead you through a number of character-building exercises and will show how a story can be created without effort. Good for anyone who is starting out, experienced or simply ‘stuck’.

Lin Coghlan is from Dublin. She trained at the Rose Bruford College. Her writing for the theatre includes Apache Tears Clean Break, winner of the Peggy Ramsay Award, Kingfisher Blue at the Bush, Mercy and Waking at the Soho Theatre and The Miracle at the National Theatre. She has written many plays for companies with strong community relationships including Theatre Centre, Red Ladder, Clean Break, and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. Her screenplay First Communion Day [BBC Films] was Winner of the Dennis Potter Play of the Year Award, and Some Dogs Bite [Kindle Entertainment/BBC] winner of the Audience Prize at the Nantes Film Festival. She has numerous credits on British and Irish television alongside many dramatisations for BBC Radio 4.

Finding a Character

Date:       Saturday 27th March       

Time:       2.00pm – 3.30pm                       

Cost:       £5.00 (no booking fee)

To book online click here