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imaginarium

imaginarium dissolve

is a cross-genre writing programme where you will explore your writing potential.

Eight writers. Seven monthly workshops. One tutoriahttp://www.theguardian.com/ukl.
19th October 2019 – 18th April 2020

Through small group workshops, peer-to-peer feedback, reading and a one-to-one tutorial we will consider how best to express our ideas and feed the imagination.

“The imagination is the power of the mind over the possibilities of things.” Wallace Stevens

Who’s it for?
If you are working on, or plan to begin, a sustained project of a sequence or collection of poems or short stories, a novel, memoir, creative nonfiction, a performance, or something more hybrid, this Imaginarium offers a structured space to support you through six months of writing, thinking, experimentation and / or completion.

Anyone is welcome to apply, whatever your writing experience. The only requirement is that you are committed to your writing project and the Imaginarium for its duration. It might be, at this stage, you only have the vaguest idea of what you might be working on. Vague is fine.  

I hope this will be a space for writers to explore the unknown – of what is facing us and the stories we want to tell. It is an invitation to live and write in wonder, curiosity and doubt. It is a laboratory of ideas, using language and the inarticulate. It is a collective of writers who want to unfold their imaginations to themselves and others.  More of my ambitions for it are here.

Workshops
Each workshop will offer writing and thinking time through activities and discussions on perception, a sense of place, subjectivity, correlations, language, narrative and form amongst other topics. They will establish a space in which you’ll investigate your creative processes, work you admire and what new writings you might produce. I’m interested in how writers of different genres can learn from each other and how our work, ideas and interests may cross-fertilise; what can happen in that space where different imaginations meet. Between meets there will be small reading and writing tasks. Other creative practitioners, writer Jenn Ashworth, musician Steve Lewis and 3D artist/ filmmaker Caroline Pick, will speak at later sessions to share their processes, inspirations and influences.

Buddies
Beyond the workshops a buddy system will offer a space for peer-to-peer engagement on your writing processes and responses to ideas generated in the workshops. The first session will outline ways you might approach this.

Tutorials
You will all be offered an hour long one-to-one tutorial with me (to be taken at any point during the Imaginarium) for focused feedback on your work. You can request an extra tutorial at any point for the discounted participant rate of £20

The plan is for you to reach the end of the programme having created surprising new work, deepened your imaginative experiences, and be equipped with the momentum and skills to continue to grow as writers.

Cost
For all monthly workshops and an hour long one-to-one tutorial, there are three self-selecting bands: £250 full, £200 part-waged or £100 concessions

Dates
Workshops will run on the third Saturday of every month (except for 14th December 2019), 1030-1300 at The Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TX.
19th October 2019 – 18th April 2020.

That is the true magnificence – if you can live in a culture that is so destructive as ours is, one that keeps you down and discouraged and broken-hearted and if you can still sing your song, dance your dance, cook your food and speak your mind, then you’ve won — Alice Walker 

How to apply

Applications are closed for this next programme. If you’re interested in when the next might run, please get in touch sehymas [at] gmail [dot] com

Testimonials for A Writer’s Imaginarium

A safe space to be an unsafe writer – to push beyond your comfort zone, write stuff that doesn’t matter, chop it up, turn it round and then realise it’s like nothing you’ve written before, and that that does matter.  What it entails – better trusting the innate potency of the intangible to assist with your writing – writing, re-thinking time, colour, shape, ownership, associations, triggers. It allows you to write as your synapses actually fire, more than as society wishes your mind to work. Uncolonised writing.

I liked the inputs and reading you give us and the crazy exercises, not just writing and reading out. A group on imagination has to be imaginative after all

I didn’t really know what to expect from it but I’ve come away with some new and different ideas and a desire to finish my novel so I can chalk it up as a success … a melting pot of thoughts, discussions, ideas, views and useful written exercises for all genres of writing.

I found the one-to-one to be invaluable. Talking to someone about it and some of the problems I’m facing with it helped me to see it more clearly and gave me something of a different viewpoint on it, which was good.

Pulls you out of your writing and into yourself, then pushes you out of yourself and into your writing.

How can writers of different genres learn from each other? How might the work, ideas and interests cross-fertilize? What happens in that space where different imaginations meet? Read more about my thinking of the imaginarium here

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Writing workshops

writing workshopsI have led writing workshops in adult education, prisons, primary schools, with undergraduates, for the  Continuing Education Department at Lancaster University,  on an annual week-long residential at The French House Experience, for the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and The Poetry School (online) and many other short term and individual projects.

My particular interests lie in life and poetry writing. I have also led workshops on performance skills, writing from the body, self-publishing and editing.

I believe all workshops provide fertile ground for ideas and discussion and don’t expect people to produce final drafts or even work they may want to share. The workshop is precisely that: a place to explore, chisel and glue ideas. They offer the chance to hear what other writers write, read or think, to play and dip you toe into new waters and with any luck to leave stimulated, thinking thoughts you’d not had before, and confident in writing more.

What other people have said

Thanks for the talk. You were brill. All the students really enjoyed it and benefited a lot. So did I! It was really good to think about things in terms of what works for you individually.

Excellent tutor, fascinating subject!

One of the best managed/facilitated courses I have ever attended. Enhanced my listening to and respect of other people’s voices enormously.

I thought Sarah did a great job of keeping us on track and not preventing diversions. She clearly knows her stuff and how to deliver it.

Thank you, it has changed my life.

Sarah really is a genius. The way she got such a mixed bag of people to unlock their inner creativity was amazing.

Sarah, from the start, put everyone at their ease and used an amazing array of techniques and games to allow us all to tap into our own creativity.

Sarah was organised, approachable and clearly knowledgable about all aspects of creative writing and, importantly for me, the processes of creativity. I was inspired by the way she encouraged us to write for ourselves, be decisive and find our own meaning, rather than following rules, or relying too much on the opinions of writing groups.

Sarah Hymas is ingeniously clever as a creative writing tutor, and I thoroughly enjoyed her series of intense tasks and more informal parlour games, each a mind manipulation intent on making one use your imagination and freedom of expression. For me, Sarah was the perfect choice of tutor at the French  House Party Experience mini break, and would undoubtedly be equally ideal for all other such workshops.

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