is a cross-genre writing programme where you will explore your writing potential.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Please send an email to me sehymas [at] gmail [dot] com
by 9th September, with:
- a brief description of the project you will be working on for the duration of the imaginarium (max 100 words). This is to create as diverse a group of people as possible.
- your interest in the Imaginarium (max 50 words)?
- an indication of which payment option will you be on.
*Deciding whether you are a concession is at your discretion. I want this programme to be accessible to anyone interested in developing their writing.
I’ll get back to you by the end of that week.
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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