Workshops – Creative Writing

Write for Growth

Write for Growth Workshops are 3-hour workshops for anyone wanting to explore the potential of writing for themselves. Activities are designed to stimulate creativity and enhance well-being. Each workshop takes a different theme, making it accessible for the first-timer and fresh for the regular returner.

No previous experience is needed, just a desire to write and discover where words might take you. We enjoy discussing our responses to the activities, but you do not have to share what you have written unless you wish.

Write for Growth has been based at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden since it began in 2014, where it runs every other month on a Saturday morning, 10am-1pm.

The atmosphere of Gladstone’s is inspirational in itself. It also offers great dining facilities for our mid-morning coffee break. Participants often choose to stay on to enjoy lunch together there afterwards as well.

Upcoming Write for Growth events are listed below.

Places are limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Cost is £25 per workshop.

To book, call 07787 116603 or e-mail juliamcg@creativeconnectionscheshire.co.uk  or follow the Eventbrite links for each event.

Booking is confirmed by payment by at least one week before. No refund for cancellation at less than 7 days’ notice unless the place can be filled.

Write for Growth can and has been run at other locations. During my tenure as Chester Cathedral’s Poet in Residence, Write for Growth is also being hosted at Chester Cathedral  – see below for dates.

Please get in touch if you have a group or venue that you would like to host such an event, and we will arrange to come to you. Write for Growth is currently run at Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF.


On: Saturday 23rd November, 10am-1pm

Theme: Island Views

Islands can excite our imagination: self-contained and boundaried by the sea, they are places where different ways of being may apply. 

In this workshop, we will venture into these separate worlds and write about what we find.

Book with Eventbrite here 


On: Saturday 11th January, 10am-1pm

At:  Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden 

Theme: 2020 Vision: New Year, New Journal

Regular journalling can help sustain wellbeing, and increase our capacity to live with insight and intention.

In this workshop we will explore how to make the most of your journalling in 2020, whether you are new to the practice or looking for creative ways to freshen it up.

 

Book with Eventbrite here


On: Saturday 15th February, 10am-1pm

At:  Chester Cathedral

Theme: Journeys

From quest to trek; mission to meander, journeys can take many forms. They may be physical or spiritual, outer or inner. Traversing new terrain brings encounters and challenges, as well as issues of what we take or leave behind. 

In this workshop of travelling companions, we will explore Chester Cathedral’s 2020 Journeys theme, setting out on our own journey of words to see what we may find on the way.  

(Cost for Cathedral Venue: £20)

Book with Eventbrite here

or call Chester Cathedral Box Office on 01244-500959


On: Saturday 21st March, 10am-1pm

At:  Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden 

Theme: ‘When I am among trees..’

The speaker in Mary Oliver’s poem ventures ‘among trees’ and senses their call to ‘Stay awhile.’

In this workshop, we will respond to this invitation as we take time to observe and write about trees, open to discovering more than simply an appreciation of their physical beauty.

 

Book with Eventbrite here


On: Saturday 25th April, 10am-1pm

At:  Chester Cathedral  

Theme: Spaces 

Chester Cathedral, described by one workshop participant as ‘a contained vastness,’ incorporates many kinds of space – hidden, open, high, low, designated, multi-purpose. Space may be welcome sanctuary or boundaried limitation. As the Cathedral’s current Poet-in-Residence, I am reflecting particularly on the concept of space.

In this workshop, we will start with the spaces of a morning and a blank page, to explore this theme together. 

(Cost for Cathedral Venue: £20)

Book with Eventbrite here

or call Chester Cathedral Box Office on 01244-900959


From Write for Growth Participants..


A Special Autumn Workshop at Chester Cathedral

 

Poetry Workshop at Chester Cathedral: Writing Spaces

On: Saturday, 16th November from 10.30am-1pm in the Library at Chester Cathedral.

Co-led by Cathedral Poets-in-Residence Julia McGuinness (Chester) and Andrew Rudd (Manchester)

A building; a page; a period of time: Each can become a space rich with creative possibilities. In this workshop we will explore spaces around us and put words on the page in front of us, venturing into that poetic territory between ‘the known world and the gravitational pull of what lies beyond knowing.’ 

Whatever your experience in writing poetry, you are invited to come and enjoy shaping something new in a morning of writing in this unique space of sanctuary at the City’s centre.

Cost £15 

Book with Eventbrite here or via Chester Cathedral Box Office on 01244-500959


WAY WITH WORDS  - A Journalling Group

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'The unexamined life is not worth living,' asserted the philosopher Socrates. Journalling is one way of taking time for such reflection to enrich our daily living.

Way With Words is a monthly group for those wanting to join others for encouragement, resources and experience in using journalling to foster personal development. It is a group that offers mutual support in sustaining well-being. It is not a formal therapy group or a substitute for one-to-one counselling.

We explore a variety of approaches to journalling through different topics and issues. We also look at the practical aspects of journal-keeping. Writing activities have a more  therapeutic focus than in a Write for Growth workshop. There is also more more space given for discussion and feedback. Your personal writing still remains as confidential as you wish.

Way With Words meets at the Quaker Meeting House, Chester CH1 3LF. - just off Frodsham Street, from 7-9pm on every second Thursday of the month.

Numbers are limited to 8. The current group has 6 members.

Cost is £20 per session (£70 for four booked together). This includes refreshments during our evening.

To find out more or enquire about joining, call 07787 116603 or e-mail juliamcg@creativeconnectionscheshire.co.uk

If interest exceeds the number of places currently available, a new group can be set up, so get in touch if you feel a journaling group could be helpful to you.

I can also run a short course of six 2-hour sessions over several weeks, or as day workshops, to help get people started in journalling for themselves. If you have a group that would like to do this, please make contact and we will arrange a course to suit your needs.


From Way With Words Members...

 


 

  • About Julia

    Julia

    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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