The Workshop Handbook for Writers

The Workshop Handbook for Writers

I have run workshops for marketers, farmers, homeless men, young asylum seekers - people with power, people who are displaced and dispossessed.

Over more than 20 years, I've explored how writing can help people express themselves more effectively through workshops in settings as varied as a rural boathouse, youth bus, a secure unit, offices, youth hostel and art galleries.

I wrote it to reflect on this work, the different models of workshop, how to plan for a day or a week and develop creative exercises and to provide a few starting points for emerging writers working in this way. 

I include case studies of work with Unilever (Lever Brothers, Lever Faberge), Rambert Dance, the London Symphony Orchestra, teachers, schools, museums and galleries and of my year-long residency in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I end with tried and tested workshop exercises.

The Handbook is aimed at writers who want to run workshops themselves and need some guidance as well as arts administrators who are commissioning writers to run workshops.