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;...

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...

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Finding the creative writing connection…

What I mean is this – there is a difference between creative writing and creative writing with a connection. The good news is that this creative writing connection can be nurtured. It can be nurtured within us, by reading and savouring words, by developing our interest and passions, by knowing what we like, what we...

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...

THE NEWNESS OF IT ALL
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THE NEWNESS OF IT ALL

  Hello!   There has been a lot of new stuff to get my head around recently. We celebrated my mum’s landmark Birthday as she entered a new decade; my nephew started school for the first time; I am approaching a whole year in what still feels like a fairly new flat – after all...

DISCOVERY
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DISCOVERY

 I’ve just returned from Lake Como in Northern Italy, which is one of the most beautiful places I have travelled to. Some views of the mountains and lakes are simply ‘picture perfect.’ In addition to the breathtaking views on full display, there are also quiet, hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. You stumble across a...