Opportunity: calling all aspiring creative writers

CEW Logo

Now in Then: Contemporary Writing from History project.

The creative writing sessions launched in March this year at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre is still going strong, with the second season well under way.

The project also has a series of Writer in Residence sessions. On 4 October 2014 between 11am and 3pm, we’re delighted to be joined by Joe Roberts, a novelist, travel writer and a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller. Joe has published two collections of travel writing; “Three-quarters of a Footprint: Travels in South India” and “Abdul’s Taxi To Kalighat: Impressions of Calcutta”.   He is also the author of the novel “Bengal, the Cold Weather 1873: A Dream of Edward Lear in India”.

Joe uses history as an inspiration to write and will be getting stuck into the archives at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on the 4th October. Why not come along, ask him your writing questions, find out more about his work and get inspired. At the same time explore some of the rich resources the History Centre has to offer.

Writer In Residence Poster – 4 Oct 2014

This is followed by writer in residence Andi Michael

Writer In Residence Poster – 4 Nov 2014

Then on 5 December 2014, Jenni Mills is our writer in residence

Writer In Residence Poster – 5 December 2014 – Jenni Mills

A further writers in residence will take place on 22 January 2015.

Bookings are also now being taken for the third season of creative writing sessions. Up to eighteen aspiring local writers can join up to this professional programme of writing workshops and mentoring inspired by the rich archives at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

With adult writing workshops taking place bi-monthly on Saturday mornings, the project called Now in Then: Contemporary writing from history also features a professional performance of locals’ writing, writers in residence at the history centre, public lectures by notable writers (author talks) and outreach to schools and young people.

Led by Creative Ecology Wiltshire (CEW), in collaboration with Wiltshire Council and Bath Spa University, the project is funded by Arts Council England and Chippenham Local Area Board.

This third season has the theme of Leisure and Games in Wiltshire, and will explore the ways Wiltshire children and adults in the 20th Century spent their leisure both at home and in public spaces such as pubs and the countryside.

Using selected archive documents and photographs participants will be invited to try writing in a variety of forms: monologue, drama, radio, comedy sketches, or different forms of poetry. The emphasis will be on playfulness and risk taking.  This course is for anyone who has an interest in using the Wiltshire archives to stimulate creative writing.

The course will take place on Saturday Mornings 10am-1pm on 22 November, 6 December 2014 and 3 January, 17 January, 31 January, 14 February, 28 February and 14 March 2015.

The cost is £20 for the eight x 3 hour sessions, plus expert mentoring. Payment in advance is required to secure your booking.

Places are limited, so please book your place: telephone 01249 705500 or email localstudies@wiltshire.gov.uk

For any general enquiries please email arts@wiltshire.gov.uk or telephone 01249 705531

Chippenham Writers Group season 3 poster

One thought on “Opportunity: calling all aspiring creative writers

  1. Pingback: Guest Blog: Angie Street shares how archives are an inspiration to creative writing | The Arts in Wiltshire

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.