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CREATIVE WRITES IN THE COMMUNITY

Creative Writes facilitates wide-ranging creative writing workshops on a regular basis, from hair salons to community & arts centres, museums, care homes and social housing. If you would like to talk to us about providing creative writing workshops for your organisation, please contact Nichola.

Since Creative Writes started in 2009, our community work has included a Creative Partnership Project in a rural Midlands school and Writing Projects which culminated in Scripts & Audio Tours/Installations for Limehouse Town Hall and the Museum of London Docklands (ScreenDeep).

Nichola has been a Writer in Residence for ‘Stranger Neighbour’ at William Morris & Winns Galleries (Arvon & the drawing shed) and workshop facilitator with Mendham Writers for ‘Hanging Words Out To Dry’ in a launderette (Words Over Waltham Forest Festival). Nichola has facilitated creative writing workshops and spent time as writer in residence at Sutton House (National Trust). We’ve run writing workshops for TFL staff, Lapidus (Words for Wellbeing National Organisation, U3A (University of the Third Age) and Hillcroft Residential College in Surbiton for their 2017 Creativity Weekend.

Creative Writes also likes working in libraries! Creative Writes Library Workshops have included; City Business Library, Muswell Hill Library, Belsize Community Library and Mayfair Library.

Recent Creative Writes in the Community highlights have included working on an exciting project ‘My Front Door’ with the social housing trust C&C (Central & Cecil) – which was months in the making and included a newspaper, sound pieces and installations at a housing scheme for older people in Maida Vale. Many a happy hour was spent rummaging through the archives of treasure collected over the last 90 years, since the birth of C&C.

Nichola was honoured to be part of the first National Memory Day earlier in 2017, where she facilitated poetry reading sessions at a Day Centre and Memory Café for people with dementia and their carers.

“It was a real pleasure to see Nichola at work. Her patience with our client group enabled her to skilfully encourage their participation which ensured a productive and very enjoyable session for us all.
N.Fishman – Age UK Bromley & Greenwich, Community Development Worker for the Bromley Dementia Support Hub – Memory Day 2017 Poetry Workshops for ‘The Bromley Dementia Support Hub’.

Nichola devises and facilitates regular creative writing & poetry reading workshops for the social housing provider C&C (Central & Cecil) and has played a key role in creative projects since 2014:

About C & C: “Since Mrs Chesterton founded our organisation over 90 years ago to provide refuge to homeless young women, we have continued to offer inspirational, person-centered care and support to vulnerable people…”

“Our residents were new to creative writing before starting sessions with Nichola. Now they are all eager to try new things, proud to share their work and all write in between sessions – nothing can stop them! This is testament to the rapport and sense of trust Nichola has built with them, instilling confidence and proving that you can learn a new creative skill at any age.” – R.D (C&C Staff Member – Creative Arts team).

Comments from participants at the creative writing workshops – Museum of London Docklands Audio Project for ScreenDeep:

“We didn’t know what was involved and I have enjoyed the experience.”

J.R- Participant at Museum of London Docklands (for ScreenDeep) Creative Writing Workshops

“It brought back a lot of memories. Things I had forgotten about. I enjoyed it all.”

D.G – Participant at Museum of London Creative Writing Workshops (for ScreenDeep)

Comments from the staff at the Claremont Project Creative Writing Group in Angel:

“Claremont is about people having opportunities to shine and live happier, healthier and connected lives. Claremont is all about people mattering.”

“Thank you so much for all the great creativity you inspire… The members absolutely adore being challenged and having fun in your class.” – A.T.

“Your class is so popular and that’s really a testament to you who brings brilliance, knowledge and spark to your classes!” B.F.

“Your class always seems so much fun – both the activities you set and the way members talk about it – it’s so lovely to hear.” C.W.

We would be delighted to talk to you about delivering creative writing workshops – Please contact us here.