(Sept. 3 & 4, 2022)
Remember when writing was fun?
This course consists of a 30 minute one-to-one (in-person or ONLINE) with Sarah on September 3, and a group workshop on September 4. During the one-to-one you will work through specific creative blocks with Sarah. The second day will be consist of play and experimentation to help you access the source of you individual creativity.
Sarah says, “Most people start writing because they love it but for many the pressures of everyday life, competing priorities, illness, personal commitments, capitalism(!) and even the idea of being a writer itself, diminishes that fun, ease, and self-nourishment… so that “writing” ends up on the dreaded To Do list.
On the flip side, when we’re getting those things from our work, our writing is more confident, playful, and bolder. Writing for fun certainly doesn’t mean writing badly, and it’s Sarah’s belief that feeding joy back into your work, generates flow, the courage to experiment, and the confidence to be vulnerable in our writing.”
The course will consist of a set of activities designed to push your creative buttons with the aim of breaking out of old patterns and reigniting your love of writing. You will be working with what you are currently writing (or want to be), so this is also a course for people with an existing writing practice, even if it’s waning.
You’ll explore prose extracts and poems, focusing on the ways that cheek and cheerful audacity can hold deeper, harder feelings, or exuberant and playful writing can build complex political and interpersonal meanings.
The aim of this course is to leave you feeling refreshed, inspired and enthusiastic about your writing, and yourself as a writer and is suitable for writers of all levels of experience. Please make sure you bring something that you are currently working on, even if it is just a beginning.
S.K. Perry’s debut novel Let Me Be Like Water (Melville House) was longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and was Brighton Festival’s City Reads’ big read for 2019. She is the most recent winner of the Berlin Writing Prize, and another of her short stories was featured as part of the BBC Radio 4’s Short Works series. Sarah is a member of Leeds No Borders and has always been involved in social justice work, campaigning, and community organising, as embedded parts of her writing life. As well as writing and teaching fiction, her creative practices include writing and translating poetry, sewing, knitting, and cooking. She is working towards a PhD in creative writing, which explores surveillance, climate crisis and Crip Time.