Have you always been a reader? Have you ever fancied having a go at writing creatively but haven’t yet devoted time to it? Perhaps you are an experienced writer looking for a new form to explore or need some good old-fashioned inspiration.
Becky Cherriman curates a series of creative writing workshops, which will run on the third Saturday of every month at The Leeds Library. Beginning with January’s fresh page, each workshop will deal with a particular aspect or genre of writing. Guided by established writers, you will draw inspiration from the library’s collections to write and then receive feedback on your work in this stimulating environment. Workshops will draw on Dewey Decimal themes such as Contemporary Fiction, Home and Family Management, Biography, Sociology and Anthropology, Philosophy and the Theory of Religion.
27th April: Emma Adams – script-writing for the stage
The workshop is from 10am-12pm with the option to stay from 12-1pm for feedback.
Emma Adams is a playwright and screenwriter from Bradford. Her writing ranges between dark political satire for adults and adventure comedy for children. She’s written plays to be performed on stages, in houses, swimming pools, graveyards and (for The Leeds Library’s The Things We Wouldn’t Otherwise Find) libraries. Emma has worked with Opera North, Red Ladder, Slung Low, Chris Goode, Leeds Playhouse, Theatre 503, Freedom Studios, Ovalhouse and Paines Plough. Three of her plays have toured nationally and two (Ugly and Animals) are published by Oberon. Emma is currently developing a TV comedy thriller with Shiny Button Productions for ITV. Emma is a core team member of The Writing Squad, an organisation that mentors elite young writers in the north of England.
The rest of the workshop programme is as follows:
18th May: Sai Murray – writing the political (any form or genre)
15th June: Ali Harper – crime fiction
Becky Cherriman is a Yorkshire writer, workshop leader and performer. She works part-time as Creative Writing Development Officer for The University of Leeds.
Published by Seren, Mslexia, New Walk, Envoi, Mother’s Milk, Bloodaxe, Well Versed, Moving Worlds and The North she was resident poet for Morley Literature Festival in 2013 and lead artist for Altofts Festival In A Day 2016. Echolocation, her first poetry pamphlet, and first collection Empires of Clay were published in 2016 by Mother’s Milk and Cinnamon Press respectively. Her agnostic poem Jesus Lives was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2017.