Thursday, 22 September 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


with Lucy Furlong

Online via Zoom

£35.00 – Purchase tickets here

Please note that this workshop is being held in two sessions: Thursday 22 September and Thursday 29 September, from 7:00-9:00pm BST. Ticket sales for this workshop close on 22 September.

This creative writing workshop will use Lucy Furlong’s poetry map, Amniotic City, a psychogeographic poetry map of part of the City of London around Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill, as well as various writing exercises and discussion as a springboard for looking at ways to engage with places to elucidate meaning, create new connections, and transform (or transmute!) experience creatively. Participants will be encouraged to visualise places that appeal to them, to think about what it means to encounter a place and how this experience can be used to create meaning. This workshop will not be recorded.

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The first edition of Amniotic City was featured in The Guardian

“Absolutely breath-taking journey into a world of places and people that I’d never heard of before.” – Maggie

“I loved the source materials and how they all linked in, they really resonated with me. So much there to consider.” – Danielle

“After doing your course I want to focus more on poetry, as you have really encouraged me to take my poetry further. Thank you.” – Louise

“I enjoyed meeting other writers and hearing the work they read out as well as their comments and thoughts.” – Janet

Previous workshops

Winter Warmer Workshops 2021.

These workshops, which I ran for the first time in 2020, were the best thing I did last year. I got to know and work with some lovely people, who joined in with the writing exercises, discussion of the readings and artists we looked at each week. We got to know each other over the eight weeks, and it was great fun, so I’m doing it again, once more via Zoom.

Designed to see us through the dark nights of November and December, each week there will be a different theme. We’ll explore different genres of writing, writing exercises, discussion, opportunities for reading and feedback of each other’s work and more.

Even though we are a year on, and society has opened up, many of us will still be staying inside, socially distancing and looking for community, as we move through the last quarter of another challenging year. I know I will be, which is partly why I thought this might appeal to people who would normally get together around a table in a cafe or pub, to share ideas about writing and try things out.

I can’t run workshops like this at the moment, which is how I normally do it – and how I would prefer to meet everyone. The joy of offering workshops online is that we can still meet up and do the writing and have the fun, and we can do it from wherever we are in the world – which is amazing.

The idea behind the ‘Winter Warmer’ aspect is to take us through these dark, damp nights, with reading, writing and discussion to keep us going. Creative prompts and thinking to inspire us to write. All of which will take place around our own virtual fire, where we can share stories and have a laugh together.

Each week is a 90 minute workshop, with a presentation, writing exercises, time for feedback and discussion. All in a friendly virtual space on Zoom.

Designed for keen writers working at all levels, we will try out all kinds of writing in a constructive and supportive atmosphere. You will also have a chance to send me a piece of your work, generated from the workshop each week, for written feedback, if you would like to do so.

Waking Up – A Writing Workshop for Brigid’s Day – Online Via Zoom.

Come and celebrate the First Stirrings of Spring with a workshop about Brigid’s Day, also known as St Brigid’s Day, Imbolc and Candlemas.

We will explore the ancient Celtic festival that takes place traditionally on the 1st of February, and meet Brigid, the Celtic goddess of inspiration, poetry and much else, as well as St Brigid of Kildare, an early Christian saint and one of the patron saints of Ireland.

This is the time of year when we start to see snowdrops, maybe a primrose or two, and possibly buds on trees – new life is coming, the land is waking up.

We’ll think about Brigid, Imbolc, the seasons and rhythms of the year in relation to writing, and there will be several writing exercises to try. These will allow you to explore various forms and processes for invigorating your work, whether you are interested in poetry, flash fiction, short stories or novel writing.

The aim of the writing exercises is to inspire and energise but also to give you a chance to think about the direction your work might take this year.

I’ve always found this time of year to be perfect for getting projects going, germinating those thought seeds stored from the dark winter months.