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?

Visual metaphors in film-poems and digital stories #1

Watch along as Laura explains how to start using the images in your film to add deeper meaning to your words. https://videopress.com/v/FMRd9CNB?preloadContent=metadata Letter to a Minnesota Jail by Anathema Jane McKenna ‘In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the...Constitution and the Declaration of … Continue reading Visual metaphors in film-poems and digital stories #1

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

Take a better, more meaningful photo

In this month's digital workshop, film-maker and storyteller Laura Degnan takes us through some essential photographic techniques that will help you add layers of meaning to your images, which will ensure maximum impact when you combine them with your written or spoken words. Follow along with these exercises as we look at the impact of … Continue reading Take a better, more meaningful photo

Digital basics #6 – adding a soundtrack

In our final intro session of 2020, our films are nearly finished. All that's needed is a soundtrack! Laura shows you how to add music from the iMovies audio library, and how to fade it in and out. If you've been following along with these tutorials, we'd love to see your work on our Facebook … Continue reading Digital basics #6 – adding a soundtrack

Digital basics #5 – adding voiceovers

In this session, Laura will lead us through recording a voiceover directly onto your iPad, and then how to trim and re-position it in order to get the words aligning with your chosen images. https://videopress.com/v/gnIUSXzG?preloadContent=metadata

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

Ally’s Digital Stories

Today we're bringing you three short digital stories by Ally O'Neill, one of our workshop participants who has been learning how to combine her writing with filming and editing skills. She is deeply motivated by her love of Nature, and feels it is her mission to show people how connection with the earth can be … Continue reading Ally’s Digital Stories

Our Heather by Sandra Falconer

Some of you may have read Sandra's verses kept as a Lockdown diary, which we featured earlier this summer. Sandra is a member of our monthly workshop group in Teesside, and she has put together this very moving tribute to a much-missed daughter. Thank you for watching this, it was created from love and faith.