Creative writing workshops
GOING PLACES – for beginner and more experienced writers. Human Race is delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity of a FREE full-day, practical creative writing workshop lead by Bob Pegg. The workshop will explore different ways of writing about journeys. We will be looking at literary forms associated with journeys – haiku, journals, logs, postcards home – as well as drawing inspiration from maps, instant books, and the traditional ballad form.
In this playful and intensive workshop, we’ll begin with a favourite “loosening-up” exercise to get us over our blank page anxieties and in the mood for writing. We’ll talk about how creative inspiration often arises when two apparently different things suddenly come together, and we’ll use the objects we’ve brought along to help us in a “two things” writing game. We’ll also talk about how constraints and “given material” can be surprisingly liberating – and we’ll prove it to ourselves with a writing challenge involving the exhibits from the Human Race exhibition. Everyone should bring an object (preferably a small one!) that reminds them strongly of something else (e.g. a person, a place, an event). The object and its personal connection need to be something you’re comfortable sharing with the group. More details can be found here. Up to 20 pupils
FREE – In this interactive workshop, we’ll be discovering how to see the world with the “secret vision” of Martian eyes. Using this newfound secret vision, we’ll work as a group to build up our own unique collection of Thing/Action pairs and use them to write some tiny “Martian snapshot” poems. Then we’ll set off in small groups to explore the Human Race exhibition and create some more Thing/Action pairs inspired by the exhibits. We’ll come together again to share our pairs, then pool them to help each group create its own poem-sequence of Martian snapshots. 30 – 40 P5 – P7 pupils per session