September Writes
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September Writes

  Welcome to our Creative Writes blog and to September… The change in the air is palpable with the new season.  A time for contemplation, plans and of course, words. I have been sharing poetry and writing prompts which mark this shift and usher in Autumn. The responses in my creative writing workshops have been...

Learning to Drive
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Learning to Drive

    Learning to Drive… What’s that got to do with creative writing? Well, I was driving home from my friend’s house the other day and started to think about a time when I didn’t know how to drive. I was taken back to my very first lesson and tried to remember how it felt;...

SUMMER STORIES
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SUMMER STORIES

Hello,  Welcome summer, welcome all! I am delighted to share my Creative Writes summer stories with you, about our Creative Writing Workshops. One of the highlights was the first Creative Writes Words & Wine Creative Writing Workshop last week at a new location in Muswell Hill, North London, N10. The atmosphere was relaxed and the...

A Writing Life…Teaching & Learning
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A Writing Life…Teaching & Learning

What’s been going on over here at Creative Writes?  Well, quite a lot in fact! Welcome back to the Creative Writes blog, I thought I would give you a quick update… Getting back to the writing… As I often say when I am asked what I am writing, the truth is that I find it...

Writing With Gratitude
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Writing With Gratitude

I have altered the theme of this post several times over the past few days. It didn’t feel right – until I wrote alongside my student this morning. We worked on free flow exercises such as; ‘I’m thinking of’ and ‘I want.’  As always, the free flows helped me to focus and to learn about...

Unfinished Stories
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Unfinished Stories

This month, I’ve been thinking about the power of unfinished stories… The stories we write, the stories we think, the stories we speak, the stories we hear, the stories we read and the stories we wish to believe. These are all treasures for writers, aren’t they? We can weave all of these stories into our...

A Letter to Creative Writes
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A Letter to Creative Writes

I recently received this letter from a Creative Writes Workshop participant. It has been shared with her kind permission. This letter is written from the heart and I don’t think it needs any further explanation. I hope you enjoy reading it… Dear Nichola, The topic of your post has reminded me that I still haven’t...

So, what happens in a creative writing course?
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So, what happens in a creative writing course?

I am often asked what exactly goes on in a creative writing course. There are Creative Writing Courses going on all around London but I like to think that the Creative Writes Workshops are a little different… Nestled in a quiet, inspiring corner of Muswell Hill, small groups of writers have been gathering for Creative...

Give me space! The Creative Writing Challenge…
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Give me space! The Creative Writing Challenge…

“Creative Writing? I’m too busy!” Finding space to write, even in your head… Hello, how’s January going for you so far? Over here at Creative Writes, we are continuing work on the new website and planning the ongoing programme of creative writing workshops for Muswell Hill, North London, N10 which is really exciting. Do you...

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TWEET, TWEET!

Tweet, tweet! Hello,   I was inspired by Mslexia Magazine’s ‘A Week of Tweets’  – where a guest records their week in tweets, with the daily limit of 140 characters.  I have shared this with my creative writing groups in Muswell Hill, N10 and beyond. The exercise has been well received. There is no pressure to...