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 UK time unless otherwise specified)
Creative Bridges International 2021, September 18th- 19th
Date: Ongoing weekly sessions starting September 2021
Time: For a timetable with exact dates and times of sessions please contact Lizzy Barmak (details below.)
Where: Muswell Hill Methodist Church 28 Pages Lane London N10 1PP
Cost: £12 per session - cash on the day or £88 for 8 sessions paid in advance - bank transfer.
Reading brings you into communication with ghosts; characters from a long-gone era reveal themselves and their life stories through the words on the page. Writing gives expression to our own ghosts: regrets, longings, memories, dreams, shadows… as well as creating characters who will become ghosts to those who chance to read your work in the future.
My Writing for Wellbeing sessions bring creative writing and biblio/poetry therapy together to help participants gain insight into their inner world, explore their existence and find comfort in shared experience. I use emotive stimuli including music, aromas, images, and imaginative prompts and exercises to encourage expressive and reflective PEN AND PAPER writing in a variety of forms, e.g. poems, vignettes and letters. The sessions always begin with a mini meditation and finish with the reading of a poem for quiet contemplation and/or to open up a dialogue about our responses to the words.
No experience of creativewriting needed and remember, we needn’t be certain of a poem’s meaning to engage and be stirred by it.
Date: 19, 26 October
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: £63 (discounted for Lapidus members)
Come play with words in our new Writing for Wellbeing workshop. Make time for yourself and discover your creativity. We’ll use language and themes from super short stories — Kincaid, Woolf, Saunders, Barthelme — as our starting point for writing, reflection, and dialogue.
Together, we will practise shared reading and use a blend of creative, expressive, and reflective writing approaches — flow writing, poetry making, metaphor, life writing — as writing prompts. In this supportive, confidential space, you will have the opportunity to share your writing, though you are never obliged to do so, as well as reflect on others’ writing.
No formal experience or preparation is needed, just a willingness to give writing a go! Simply bring a desire to share, reflect and experiment with words (and paper and pen). This workshop is about self-development rather than literary-development.
Facilitated by Alison Cable
Register through London Literary Salon: https://www.litsalon.co.uk/events/writing-for-well-being-studies-short-stories/
Date: 15 + 29 Oct, 12 + 26 Nov 2021 + 10 Dec 2021
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Online (Zoom)
Cost: £15 plus booking fee
In times of crisis and uncertainty, poetry can bring comfort and healing. Let this poem be a hand upon your shoulder consists of a series of workshops that can help you build your resilience as you connect with others in these challenging times.
The theme for the workshops was inspired by a poem written by Deborah Cooper. We will use carefully selected poems as a springboard for writing, reflection, and dialogue. The workshops are for anyone who wants additional resources, in these unsettling times. It is for those who enjoy creativity, journaling, writing for personal or professional development.
No prior knowledge of poetry or expressive writing is required; you simply need to be willing to share, reflect and experiment with words in a supportive environment.
With Charmaine Pollard.
Bookings via Eventbrite
Date: Recommences Thurs 16 Sept 2021, then weekly
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Cost: Pay as you feel £10 to £15
The Wheel of Nature Writing Workshop takes place online every Thursday 1pm-3pm UK time recommencing Thurs 16 Sept 2021. In this workshop we explore the Wheel of Nature using creative writing and other nature-based and healing practices. Building a stronger relationship with natural cycles and elements, we create poetry, prose, journalling and/or life story, deepening connection with ourselves and nature, and developing a nurturing and enriching writing practice. A weekly drop-in workshop with no commitment, first session free. With experienced writer, medicine-walker and facilitator Emma Decent.
Date: 30th October 2021
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Cost: £12 per ticket and there are only six available, so as to ensure a small and intimate group.
Join me for a tender and explorative conversation around the some of the losses that we experience around our womb and her cycles. Once we have heard each other’s stories, we shall break for some writing and then return to share our work with each other.
Date: 31st October 2021
Time: 11am to 1pm
Writing fatigue is whatever you believe it to be. Are you stuck in the middle of your novel and don’t know where to go next? Are you fighting with so called writer’s block? Are you desperate to write but can’t seem to find the motivation? Do you never get to the end? An endless list. Right? Writing fatigue is holding your place until you take action. It's a positive heads-up that you need to do something. Write Wild presents 5 active steps that you can take to help you back to writing, feeling rejuvenated and refocused.
Booking details: www.writewildretreats.com/creativewritingevents
Date: 13th November, 11th December 2021, 15th January 2022
Time: 11:00-13:00PM maximum 8 places in total available per workshop (the group will only run with a minimum of 3 participants)
Where: Online (Zoom)
Cost: £35 full price, £25 undergraduate students/unwaged
Description:Open to all who work with people in a therapeutic capacity professionally, including in all sectors of healthcare, social care, therapy counselling and voluntary sectors, those who are training in the caring professions, and all those who are involved in teaching and training them (including clinicians, academics and students at all levels).
Date: 16th October
Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Description:“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart” - Phyliss Theroux.
Date: 17th October
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Where: Cascade Steps, Central Bristol
Cost: £22 / £29.50
Description:We welcome you aboard the 'Fruiting Boaty': a three-hour river cruise on the Flower of Bristol trip boat, to launch Bristol City Poet Caleb Parkin's debut poetry collection, 'This Fruiting Body'. Sunday 17th October, 2-5pm. The book plunges us into octopus raves and Sega Megadrive oceans, in the company of Saab hermit crabs. These adventurous poems delight in human and nonhuman intimacies, teem with life, ponder bug sex and put masculinities under the microscope. With guest readers Samantha Walton and Jack Young, we willl queerly and dearly invoke drag-mother nature. After the readings, we will head out on the river for a silent eco-disco, with a carefully curated playlist from the Beatles' Blackbird, to Cerrone's 'Supernature' and everything inbetween, sailing back into the harbour to singalong classics. "Generous, monstrous and inspiring." - John McCullough, author 'Reckless Paper Birds'
Date: 17th October
Time: 10am - 12pm
Where: Online (Zoom)
With Monica Suswin
We’ll explore the scope of our responsibilities to our clients. These supervision workshops provide enriching conversation, experiential and exploratory writing and help to clarify your work as a practitioner.
Supervision workshop information and booking: www.monicasuswin.com
Date: Wednesday 3rd November - 8th December
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: Free course if you receive income-related benefit or earn less than £21,000 pa (full fee £38.40)
Description:A writing for wellbeing course you can participate in from home. Assist personal development. Nourish creative exploration and communication. Discuss techniques that bring writing alive. Convey experience accurately and vividly. Weekly Zoom sessions. You will have the opportunity to write in response to 'invitations', to share your work and to hear that of other people in a safe, friendly, non-judgemental environment.
Date: 6th November
Time: 9am - 1pm
Where: The Artworks London Bridge, 60A Weston St, SE1 3QP / Online via Zoom
Cost: £30, with concessions available
Date: Tuesday 21st December
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: £20/ US $28
Description:Back by popular demand. Grab a blanket and soothing warm drink, and join me on Winter Solstice. Understand where you are in winter and how you feel about the season. Find meaning with winter poetry. Harness winter and tap into the still and wild beauty of the season, embracing the darkness and slowing down. Cultivating acceptance, creating aspirations, hopes, and gentle goals to see you through the rest of the season.
Date: Sunday 2nd January 2022
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Cost: £20/ US $28
Description:Another workshop back by popular demand. Reflecting and Rebirthing: Examining the highs and lows of 2021, ways we’ve grown or adapted, things we’ve learnt. Looking at poems of re-birth, reflection, change, courage and bravery. Participants will create, not New Year’s resolutions, but sankalpas (a more positive and yogic approach to goal-setting) by using prompts from poems. Exploring what we will do with our “one wild and precious life” in 2022. Learn journaling approaches and exercises designed to support the start of your year.