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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 a challenge to carve out the time to focus on my own projects.

I meet with two good friends every month. We reflect on the month that has passed and set our intentions for the month ahead. We support each other in achieving our goals along the way. We all value it very much.

One of my goals recently was to get back to my own writing. I set off on the right road by signing up for a one day Urban Writers’ Retreat in Soho, London. It was really productive, as there were no distractions at-all and I felt very liberated. I didn’t take my laptop, just notebook and pens, which is exactly how I like it and how I encourage my Creative Writes workshop participants to write. I took some of my favourite writing resource books and picked random exercises from there. I read, I pondered, I scribbled. I went back to the basics – to the free flow writing foundations which started all this in the first place.

I have also moved the furniture around in my flat, to make it more inspiring to write in and that’s worked too.

My message to you is this, do what you need to do – carve out time and celebrate it, any time you can get to write. 

Did you know that it was the first National Memory Day on 18th May?

I was invited to run two poetry workshops for Bromley Dementia Awareness Week in association with  Bromley Dementia Support Hub & Literature Works to celebrate National Memory Day.

The workshops were at a Day Centre & a Memory Cafe. There were 40 people at the Memory Cafe and I had to use a microphone, which was a little unexpected! The poems I used included ‘It Was Long Ago’ by Eleanor Farjeon, which takes us back to her memories of being three. I think it is a beautiful & evocative poem and I love sharing it. The interaction in both groups and response to the poetry was wonderful. Hearing different people read the poem aloud to us was also a powerful experience to share.

Memory Cafes are becoming popular across the country and I could see how valuable it is for the carers, as-well as those with Dementia.I hope to work with the Bromley Dementia Support Hub & Literature Works again in the future.

Many thanks to Gemma Seltzer for the introduction and to Nikki Fishman from Bromley Dementia Support Hub for organising everything & looking after me on the day!

Writing Groups & a Book Group in Kew

As many of you know, when I am not teaching the Creative Writes Workshops in Muswell Hill, N10 I am facilitating Creative Writing, Poetry Reading & Book Group sessions all around London and the boarders – in Community Centres, Arts Centres, Mental Health Schemes, Sheltered Housing & Care Homes.

Our Kew groups have space for more writers and Book group members. All welcome to the weekly Monday Writing Groups (11am-12.30pm or 1-2.30pm). At the monthly book group, we have just finished reading Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift and there was an incredibly interesting discussion. At the end of June, we will be discussing The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain. If you are interested in attending the Kew writing or book groups, please email me info@creativewrites.co.uk 

Mothering Sunday
The Gustav Sonata

 

Meanwhile at headquarters…

Back in Muswell Hill, North London, N10 we are running our regular Creative Writes workshops and plotting new ventures…

Wednesday 24th May 2017, sees the return of our Myriad of Objects Workshop. This workshop always proves to be great fun, taking inspiration from my curious collection of objects. There’s a maximum of ten places and some are already booked. For last minute places, please click on the link below, or email me:

http://www.creativewrites.co.uk/themed-workshops/themed-creative-writing-workshops/

This will be followed by our Block of Three June 2017 Wednesday evening workshops from 7th June, 7.30-9.30pm. Please click here: http://www.creativewrites.co.uk/blocks-three-workshops/

I was delighted to be back at the wonderful Muswell Hill Library, N10 on Saturday afternoon for a Creative Writes Taster Workshop. We had ten people and there was much scribbling & enthusiasm for reading their writing aloud – which was fantastic. I look forward to returning in the Autumn. Please contact me or the library for details.

It’s official – Muswell Hill is full of Creatives!

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting lots of new faces in Muswell Hill at a buzzing evening gathering, organised by a member of Nextdoor (a new online community network). There were such interesting people to talk to and we are hoping that this will be a monthly event, with future collaborations in the local area.

Creative Writes is off to Italy for our first Writing Retreat this Summer! Joining us?

Much behind the scenes Skype talk and planning has been going on with Luisa Donati in Italy and we have been helped by some wonderful North London locals too. There are only 8 places available at this bespoke retreat in stunning surroundings. To read all about it, please browse our Writing Retreat pages: http://www.creativewrites.co.uk/writing-retreat/

If you are not yet on our Creative Writes mailing list, please sign up: http://www.creativewrites.co.uk/contacts/

I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Enjoy your writing!

Very best wishes,

Nichola x