This is a guest post by Mina Ahmed. For many years I have been writing in what I now call a...Read More
Earlier this year, and as a representative of The Student Wordsmith, I was invited to deliver an introductory workshop to members of Nottingham Writers’ Studio. It was the first time that I had delivered one in a few months, since my days of teaching Creative Writing at Loughborough University, and (if I am being completely honest) I was a little nervous.
Throughout the workshop, I adopted a very ‘human’ and friendly approach—being open, honest, and encouraging when you’re meeting new writers with varying levels of confidence is really important—and this struck a chord with Kristina here at The Writers’ Cookbook who has since commented on the warmth in my style as a workshop leader.
While running a workshop is always going to be daunting (even if you are considered to be a seasoned pro!), this exchange reminded me that we’ve all been there. We’ve all felt nervous and like we’re about to scale an impossible mountain; whether that’s running a workshop for the first time in a while or reading in front of large group of people you know!
So, to help you through if you’re planning on running your own workshops anytime soon, we put our heads together and have compiled our top 5 things to remember when running your writing workshops.Read More
This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews. Giving and receiving feedback is an important part of...Read More
Writing groups—sometimes called critique groups—have a baaaad rep. As a member of a close-knit (and very tough-love) one, this bugs me. Different writing groups operate in different ways. Different people want...Read More
I hate titles. I REALLY hate titles. Quite often, coming up with a title for a poem will take me longer than writing the actual poem. I desperately try not to rush myself, though—titles are important and there’s no...Read More
When I told people I wanted to study Creative Writing at university, some were supportive. Some were confused. Most thought I was an idiot. Whether I am or not I’ll leave open to interpretation, but here I am, a BA and an MA...Read More
So you’ve got a writer to buy for and don’t know how to show that you’re supportive? There’s only so many times you can ask ‘How’s that novel/poem/short story/screenplay coming along?’ (Please note that these kinds of questions are also incredibly annoying. If you’re going to ask, mention the name of a specific project—it shows you’re actually interested.)
This writers’ Christmas gift guide has suggestions for a variety of budgets and writers. Happy shopping!Read More
The feedback you give another person can have a huge impact on not only their piece of work, but also on them. No pressure. Giving feedback isn’t easy, though. If you want to truly help the person you’re giving...Read More
The thing that I love most about writing is that there’s always more to learn whether you’re just starting out or have been writing for years. I’ve spent four of the twenty years that I’ve been writing at...Read More
Giving and receiving feedback is something that is encouraged in all Creative Writing courses. It’s often referred to as ‘workshopping’. Some people enjoy it, others don’t. Some have a talent for it,...Read More
I studied Creative Writing for my undergraduate degree, and continued studying it into my postgraduate degree. I am proud of my degrees and I enjoyed studying the process of writing, but as with everything, there are downsides...Read More
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