I believe everyone has a story, and a unique voice – and it matters. And that by telling it through writing, we can experience a new freedom, increased self-esteem, and deeper connection to ourselves and to others. I have been running writing groups and workshops since 2008, mainly for mothers but also for others, including a ‘Wild Writing’ workshop in January 2014. During 2013 I offered monthly creative/reflective writing workshops for mothers, and since 2014 I have been running 4-week writing and discussion groups for mothers for the charity Mothers Uncovered. I ran a workshop, ‘Exploring Motherhood through Creative Writing’ as part of the Big Sunday event, a pampering day for mothers organised by Mothers Uncovered, in 2013. I am available to run mothers’ writing workshops for you and your friends in your home, within Sussex and London.
At my workshops, no writing experience is necessary. The sessions for mothers are an invitation to explore your experience of motherhood through the medium of the written word and discover your writing voice. We write about motherhood and family life but also about other areas of life. Mothers of children of any age are welcome – I think we can learn and be inspired so much by hearing from those on other parts of the motherhood journey.
As well as being a chance to express your creativity, this is a safe space to bring gentle loving attention to your inner world, which may feel a little submerged beneath the many actions of caring for another being. Pre-walking babies welcome, and tea & biscuits provided! Sharing your writing is optional.
Upcoming Writing Workshops & Courses:
Wild Motherhood: Writing, Yoga & Sharing
Sunday 1st March 2015, 10:00-17:00, @No.45, Brighton.
Do you feel your wildness, creativity and soulfulness are submerged underneath your mothering responsibilities? Would you like to rediscover them, and live a more juicy life day to day? This is an invitation to spend a nurturing day with other soulful, creative mama’s exploring through writing, yoga, meditation/visualisation, and sharing circles/partner work how to:
– Bring the wildness back into your busy mothering life
– Embrace and accept more of who you are – as a mother, a woman, and a creative soulful human being
– Hear the voice of spirit in your life
– Make time for, and enjoy, your creativity
Includes teas and a delicious vegan home-cooked lunch – and dessert – all in a cosy warm space (with a fire). No experience in writing or yoga needed! Bring a mat if you can. Maximum of 5 places – book now.
Find out more about my work with mothers and writing about motherhood at www.wildmotherhood.com.
Mothers Uncovered Writing & Discussion Course
Brighton, April 22nd – May 21st (and another course coming in September)
Do you feel your life as a mother is a rollercoaster, with blissful highs and overwhelming lows? Do you feel there’s no opportunity to explore real issues at other groups for mums and children? Would you like to meet up with a group of mums to share experiences and talk freely without worrying about the consequences? Then Mothers Uncovered is for you!
This 5-week course, which I am co-facilitating, is for mothers at all stages of motherhood, and consists of structured sessions in the same group (max of 9) to facilitate in-depth conversation. The sessions incorporate writing exercises. The facilitators are all past participants of Mothers Uncovered. They are not perfect mothers. They certainly don’t want to tell you how to be mothers. They are going through it all too. In short, they are just like you. This is the third course I have co-facilitated for Mothers Uncovered.
@ Hollingdean Community Centre, Lynchet Walk, BN1 7
Mothers of children of any age can come along. Due to space limitations, we can only accommodate pre-walking babies in the sessions.
Price: £40 or £22 (Conc.) for 5 week course. There are 2 free places available.
Mothers Uncovered is a charity that has been providing a creative support network for mothers since 2008. I have been facilitating groups for them for a couple of years. The group is not a drop-in, so please register with Maggie at: firstname.lastname@example.org/ Ph. 01273-235336. To reserve your place, your booking needs to be paid by 7 days before the course begins. It’s easy to pay: just send a payment by Paypal to email@example.com or contact Maggie for alternative methods. See www.mothersuncovered.com for more.
Other examples of my facilitation work:
Ink Flow: Writing and Monoprinting Workshop, ran in April 2012 at the Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve. Co-facilitated with Crimson, an artist.
How can we let our inspiration flow, and access the ability to create? How do we move into flow from a stuck place? To get past the idea that we ‘have to be inspired’ to create.
We did a short nature walk to gather inspiration from the beautiful surroundings, followed by free writing exercises guided by me. We then used our writing as inspiration for the imagery that we create in monoprint. Community arts leader, Crimson, demonstrated several different monoprint techniques to take our work from the written word into printmaking. ‘Monoprint is a great way to confuse the inner censor’ (Pat, a workshop attendee)
The lovely venue http://railwaylandproject.org/Pavilion, has windows which frame views of the river Ouse and the nature reserve, so that we can be warm and work from nature, whatever the weather.
‘May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children’ – Rainer Maria Rilke.
To find out more or to book a workshop, fill in the contact form below.