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Event Round Up

There are a lot of events going on at the moment, run both by ourselves and our members. We don't want you to miss out, so please find below a summary of the events happening over the next few months. We'll continue to update it every time someone sends in something new! (All times are in timezone GMT+1 unless otherwise specified)

Are you running an event? Let us know by emailing the details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


Winter Pen Pals: 6 Week Correspondence Course

Date: 4th January 2021 - 20th March 2021, 6 weeks of lessons at your own pace between these dates.

Where: Online

Cost: £75 

Description: 

Unplug.
In a world where everything seems to be moving at a fast pace and every class seems to be online - choose to do things differently. Slow down. Move away from the computer screen. Pick up your pen. Winter is the season for rest and reflection. Immerse yourself in the joys & comforts of a correspondence-style course. As your creative writing tutor, I will be your Winter Pen Pal, sending you a weekly writing exercise and sending you encouraging feedback on work you return to me within an agreed timeframe. Your work can be handwritten, or word processed - as long as I can read it! You can send me photos of your work from your journal if that is best for you.
 


Bloom: Your guide to becoming a flourishing writer

Date: Starting Monday 18th January 2021 for four weeks

Where: Online

Cost: $98 (approx. £75)

Description: 

This 4-week online course is all about joyous creative alignment. Learn how to establish a writing practice that feels good and works for you. Get in touch with your inner flourishing writer (they can't wait to get better acquainted with you!)
 


Winter Wellbeing Writing Course 

Date: Wednesdays20th January until 17th February

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: Online

Cost: £60 (£30 for Lapidus Members)

Description: 

Winter, the spring of genius

“And don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.” -Rumi

This 5-week writing for wellbeing series, offers a safe and creative space to harness the season's wild and still nature, in all its magnificent messiness and seeming harshness.

Discovering what you can learn about yourself in winter, through poetry and other writing exercises, this course is about finding the twinkles in the coal pile: Understanding how you feel about winter, what you’re grateful for, how you can embrace it, and, survive and thrive the rest of the winter.

Understand where you are in winter, what you are grateful for, leaning into the dark to find the light, embracing darkness and stillness and the alchemy of winter.

Bookings can be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 


A workshop on marketing your workshops...

Dates and Times: Thursday 21 January at 5pm-6pm, Saturday 23 January at 11am-12pm, Friday 5 February at 10am-11am 

Where: Online

Cost:

Cost is on a sliding scale. 

  • -  I'll pay what I feel, thank you very much 
  • -  I'm nailing it this year, I'll pay full whack - £15 
  • -  I know this is worth a lot, so I'll pay a bit - £10 
  • -  Can't quite stretch, so here's a fiver - £5 
  • -  I’m a creative, I’m skint, but I’ll leave a review – free

Description: 

If that all sounds a bit meta, I promise you it's super practical and packed with ideas. 

Join me, Francesca Baker, for a workshop focused on how to market your workshops. Whether you’re running writing workshops, poetry sessions, an expressive arts series or something entirely new and cool, this workshop will help you reach audiences and sell tickets. 

 We will cover 

  • -  Finding your target audience 
  • -  Writing engaging copy 
  • -  Using social media 
  • -  Growing your personal brand 
  • -  Potential partnerships 

 My skillset and experience are varied - covering copywriting, journalism, marketing, research and PR - but always centred around communication and creating a connection. Ultimately, I work with stories - and creating the right messages to resonate with an audience. I’ve been working in marketing for over twelve years, with a particular passion for the arts. Clients include The National Lottery, The National Trust, Margate Bookie, Lapidus International, Moving Pieces, Fairtrade, Tesco, Mitsubishi, Carers Trust, Lord Mayor's Appeal, Takeda, Diabetes UK, The Times, BBC, Metro, Stylist, Australia Times and more.  

You can find out more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk and follow me on all social media @andsoshethinks 

 


Every body tells a story — three writing and movement workshops

Dates and Times: Saturday 23 January at 10am-12pm, Saturday 30 January at 3pm to 5pm, Saturday 6 February at 10am to 12pm

Where: Online (Zoom)

Cost:£45, Early bird price £36 (before Jan 10)

Description: 

A series of workshops combining gentle movement, awareness and writing to promote creativity and self-exploration.  Designed to provide a playful introduction to the Feldenkrais method in combination with writing for inspiration and self-discovery, these sessions are suitable for the uninitiated and those who have some knowledge of both pursuits. Come and get to know yourself better -- on the floor and on the page! 
Led by Anne Taylor,  Feldenkrais practitioner and writing group facilitator. 
 
For more information and booking details email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read Write Express Writing for Wellbeing and Self Awareness

Date: 23rd January (Balance), 20th February (Potentialities), 20th March (Growing)

Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm

Where: Online

Cost: £23.50

Description: 

Read Write Express offer workshops for adults who wish to explore writing as a means of improving wellbeing, gaining confidence and moving forward with life.

The workshops provide a nurturing and supportive space to experience different writing and other fun, releasing and relaxing exercises to help participants stimulate their creativity and encourage self-awareness. Writing experience not essential, just a willingness to join in and give it a go.

Writing is optionally shared with the group and participants are encouraged to respond from their own experience of hearing it as opposed to offering a critique. This is the difference between writing for self development and creative writing for literary development. Writing and voicing writing in this way can be therapeutic but these workshops are not group therapy and participants need to be aware of this when choosing what to write or share

Classes held monthly. Check website for dates.

Balance: Through reading, visualisation, free-writing and sharing, we will explore what we use to maintain our equilibrium which is useful to hold in store for difficult times.  To book, click here

Potentialities: Through reading, visualisation, free-writing and sharing, we will contemplate "potentialities" in ourselves and situations and explore through our curiosity and our writing how we may develop these to help take us forward. To book, click here

Growing: Through reading, visualisation, free-writing and sharing, we will contemplate the theme of "growing" both in the natural world and in ourselves and explore how we might grow. To book, click here 


Message in a bottle -  Dream Writing Workshop: Nocturnal Journaling

Date: 23rd January

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Online

Cost: £20 

Description: 

Join me for a workshop of dream writing, nocturnal journaling, self-hypnosis tips and relaxation…

Freud referred to dreams as "The Royal Road to the Unconscious"

Dream journaling is the first step to unravelling your dreams and taping into their potential.

-  Learn the golden rules of dream journaling
-  The benefits of documenting your dreams
-  Writing exercises to help you process and explore your dreams
-  Understand more about how to work with your dreams using writing exercises and self-hypnosis tools
-  Learn how you can use your dreams to inform your career and support your wellbeing.

No writing experience is needed, just a curiosity about your dreams
 

Bookings can be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Virtual Writing for Wellbeing

Date: Last Friday of each month

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Online

Cost: £10 per session 

Description: 

This is a small, friendly group that started meeting on a weekly basis during lockdown and is being continued as a monthly group. It involves using a range of writing for wellbeing techniques to explore and reflect on ourselves in the context of an uncertain world.
Please book by the Thursday prior to each session.
 


Reclaiming the Rainbow: A Six-Week LGBT+ Creative Wellbeing Course

Date: The course is 12 hours set over six Monday nights, starting on the 1st February and are as follows:

Session 1: Spirit and Serenity – 1st Feb

Session 2: Magic and Art 8th Feb

Session 3: Nature and Sunlight – 15th Feb 

Session 4: Grief and Remembrance – 22nd Feb

Session 5: Healing and Transformation – 1st March

Session 6: Life and Sexuality – 8th March 

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Online

Cost: Full Price: £130; Concession (low wage): £100; Funded (no wage): £10.

Description: 

Join us for a multifaceted creative exploration of sexuality, gender and community, themed around LGBTQ+ rainbow flags. This online course is infused with wellbeing and connection, as we move through the Progress Pride flag’s colours and meanings, using them as a therapeutic guide to self-enquiry. From manifestos, spells and incantations, through to our connections to ecology. In a safe and contained environment, we’ll support each other around grief, loss and transitions. And, of course, we’ll celebrate relationships and sexualities, in their kaleidoscope of forms. Anyone with an interest in writing and creative wellbeing can attend. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community, of all gender and sexual identities are heartily welcomed. This will be a safe and inclusive environment where gender, gender expression and all sexualities are respected and celebrated.
 

From Feldenkrais to Improvised Movement and Writing

Date: Saturday, February 20th

Time: 9am - 12pm

Where: Via Zoom

Cost:  £30

Description: 

This workshop will be informed by the Feldenkrais Method and other movement-based practise as a springboard to your own creative movement and improvised writing.
 
We will explore ways to enliven your body and imagination and how images and changes in our state can be taken into embodied creative practice.
 
This workshop will be of interest to those working with the arts, movement, performance or for anyone interested in personal development through embodied and creative expression.
 
Booking details:
For further information and to book a place please contact Charlie Blowers:
Tel: (+44) (0)780 164 1300 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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