Writing shared values

In this episode of our free life-writing class, we look at pieces by Langston Hughes and Naomi Shihab Nye and ask ourselves and each other - what are the Big Values that drive us? How does the individual relate to the communal? In what small, detailed ways have ethics and values shown themselves in our … Continue reading Writing shared values

You Are What You Do – Are You?

In this writing workshop, we look at memoir and poetry about jobs, chores, volunteering, and the actions we take in the world that have meaning and create our sense of identity. Using the examples of memoir by Lemn Sissay, prose poetry by Bryony Littlefair, and poems by Seni Seneviratne and Simon Armitage - see what … Continue reading You Are What You Do – Are You?

Life lessons shared through poetry

In our March writing session, Kirsten Luckins took us through an intensive idea-generation brainstorm and then couple of great poetic structures that together will allow you to articulate what YOU have learned in life. https://videopress.com/v/aHMI6t5R?preloadContent=metadata

2021 writing creative memoir #1 – your wibbly, wobbly life path

In this session, Kirsten guides you to think about the shape of your life path, and gives you three ways of writing that might help you create an overview. Using 'anaphora' poems by Sara Dennis and Amir Darwish, and an extract from Michelle Obama, you should end up with a summary or prologue piece that … Continue reading 2021 writing creative memoir #1 – your wibbly, wobbly life path

Building your writing muscles – Christmas Special

So here it is, our last session of 2020, in which we take a whistle-stop tour of techniques and prompts used over the last 6 weeks and apply them to the creation of a Christmas/seasonal message! Combine the piece you produce from this tutorial with Laura's challenge to take footage of your Christmas, and you … Continue reading Building your writing muscles – Christmas Special

Digital basics #3 – how to start a movie project in iMovie

In this session, we open the iMovie app and learn how to create a new project. We learn what each area of the editing screen is called and what it does, how to insert a video clip onto the timeline for editing, and how to delete it off again. We also learn what a playhead … Continue reading Digital basics #3 – how to start a movie project in iMovie

Celebrating Change year 3 launches with seven weekly Zooms to get you going

Welcome to the new, online Celebrating Change for these "unprecedented times"! The following video is our captioned resource for building your writing muscles. Follow along with 30 minutes of timed free-writing exercises, and get your notebook started. https://videopress.com/v/Pwd9YTZM?preloadContent=metadata

Life Lines by Dawn Foster

Our final digital story from Celebrating Change #2 is from Dawn, who has put together an incredibly beautiful and ambitious stop-motion film featuring the drawings and textile skills that make up her own personal practice. Following the thread of her own life, her mother's struggles and her own experience of motherhood, she takes the image … Continue reading Life Lines by Dawn Foster

A digital story by Grace Turner-Thompson

Grace is a very special member of our Middlesbrough workshop group. The film she's made will give you an insight into her life, and what she needs to secure a hopeful future. We're also delighted to bring you a poem by Grace, about her Grandma Edith who taught her how to bake. The Wedding Ring … Continue reading A digital story by Grace Turner-Thompson