Category Archives: Workshops

Poetry Short Course – West Dean College

Writing from Personal Experience

Explore ways to shape and transform personal experience into new poems using metaphor, personification, different voices and humour.

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July

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Finding the Words – Poetry and Dementia

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The Time of our Lives Workshop

Thursday 24 May 2018

1pm – 3.30pm

St Luke’s Church, Greetham Street, Portsmouth PO5 4LH

12 places | £5

Booking information: Hampshire Festival of the Mind

This workshop will introduce you to a range of ways of writing in a journal. You will have the opportunity to experiment with several techniques that can be used for self-guidance and expanded creativity. If you wish, these may be used as a springboard for further writing.

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A Poem to Remember

I’m running a free Poetry Workshop at Portsmouth Central Library on Saturday 24 March 10.30 – 1.30 pm.

A Poem to Remember is a national initiative launched by Prince William, encouraging people to write poems of hope over adversity to mark the end of the First World War.

In collaboration with BBC Get Creative and the Poetry Society.

Advance tickets available here:



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Some Feedback

Creative Writing Workshops at Cranstoun Community Drug Action, Portsmouth

‘The facilitator provided a hugely diverse range of resources and exercises which reflected the different needs and abilities of group members. Many of our service users have difficulty in getting in touch with and communication their feelings. Creative writing seemed to offer safe and/or new ways for them to explore hidden feelings/places inside and express them safely.

In addition, everyone who took part in the group was able to produce work even from early on which I’m sure was due to the way the facilitator Maggie was able to inspire and motivate people. This inevitably led to people’s self-esteem being raised.

Overall, the group was a resounding success with lots of positive feedback from group participants. The group feel so confident about their experience and the work they’ve produced that they have asked to arrange themselves a presentation of their work.

The group complemented the programme Cranstoun offers well as it offered people different (and perhaps more creative) therapeutic tools which they could use to address some of their issues around substance misuse. In this sense I’d say the group was therapeutic without being therapy. As we already offer a lot of therapy at Cranstoun, this worked harmoniously with or programme.’

Linda Spence

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July 2016 – Workshops – Kings Theatre

4 week creative writing course

Saturday 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th of July, 1 til 4 pm

Adults only (Open to all abilities)

Book via Box Office


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September 2016 – Workshops – Kings Theatre

Saturdays 17 & 24 September 2016

1 – 4.30pm

The Irving Room, Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea

Ferry Tales Creative Writing Workshops

Free (booking essential)

Ferry Tales is a community-based project which links the Isle of Wight to mainland ports,  through the inter-connection of verbal, aural and visual arts. Poets, Robyn Bolam and Lydia Fulleylove and singer-songwriters, Paul Armfield and Dom Prag  will involve groups – from ferry travellers to the socially and physically isolated   –  in making songs and poems exploring  significant arrivals and departures in their lives, using commissioned photographs by Mark Lanigan. These, with writings and a soundtrack, will be showcased in exhibitions and events at a mainland port and on the Island. Lydia, guest poet, Maggie Sawkins, Robyn and Dom will also run workshops at several venues, mainland and Island.

Source: About the project

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