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Creative writing - creative critique

Creative Critique - taster workshop

Thanks to funding from the Sheffield Culture Consortium Freelance Arts & Culture Worker Fund and support from local writer and facilitator Beverley Ward, I'm offering an initial 'taster' workshop. We'll be doing some group work on a shared text but you're also invited to bring a short piece of your own writing to work on as well: a poem or a few paragraphs of text. There will be a balance between working together and individual focus. The exercises will be fun and interesting, as well as helpful for developing new insights into content and underlying messages within the text.

This will be an online workshop on Friday 30th April, 11am - 12.30pm. £5.

More about this workshop

I love getting people thinking, talking and writing together. Also known as philosophising.... That's why I'm so keen on the Philosophy for Communities (P4C) method - it's a great way of getting groups to ask big questions and explore their answers together. I've been working on ways to bring these two things together for creative practice.

I did a couple of sessions called 'Ideas beyond words' as part of the Sheffield Year of Reading and they worked really well. I brought a poem as the starting stimulus and then took the group through a process to explore the concepts and ideas that stood out to them. In P4C the stimulus is a starting point and discussions can go in many directions, it's one of the things that makes the process so interesting.

Doing these sessions opened up the idea for me of using them as a different way into critique. When I share my writing with other people I can find that they either give general positive comments (which is nice but...) or focus on detailed criticism which can often feel like expressions of personal preference. I want to know more about what a reader experiences in my writing, what it makes them think about or feel.

In P4C participants are encouraged to use creative, critical, collaborative and caring thinking. I've found developing a deeper awareness of my thought processes through this using this method has enabled me to be more intentional in understanding what I'm trying to say - both verbally and through the spoken word.

That's my idea for my new workshop - to apply the P4C method into critique as a way of finding ways beneath the text to what readers might experience of the meaning in the writing.

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