If you’re itching to go ‘back to school’ this year then here are details of some creative writing classes I’m delighted to be teaching in Tonbridge and organised by the University of Kent:
General Creative Writing:
The course is offered twice – students can book one block of four classes or both:
Wednesday evening, 6.30-8.30
October 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Monday morning, 10-12
November 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
And then there is…
Kickstart Your Journal Writing
Wednesday evening, 6.30-8.30
November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th.
YOU CAN FIND MORE DETAILS AND BOOK DIRECTLY AT THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE HERE.
I will also be continuing to run my rather more informal Tuesday writing practice classes at my home in Tunbridge Wells from 24th September. There’s a waiting list for the morning class, but still a few places left for the evening, 6.30-8.30. Do contact me if you would like more information or to be put on the mailing list.
LET’S PUT SOME WORDS ON THE PAGE TOGETHER!
Well, I’m not getting any younger. And I don’t seem to be getting any less silly either! So here is a birthday 50-word story, for me. And also for my fellow Virgoans and writers – Philip Ardagh, the lovely Cornflower, and Hilary Jenkins. May we all have a happy day alphabeticising our spice racks and eating our respective cakes, and may you all have a happy day too!
Fire engines hooted as Karen stopped reading, feeling the heat even in Edinburgh. In Yorkshire, Hilary’s painting brush danced, red and yellow strokes like flames in the beard Philip suddenly felt crackling. Ahh, it was tea time. They sighed, waiting for Sarah to blow out her forest of birthday candles.
There’s a great project I caught via Facebook today – 60 Cambridge students were asked why they needed femimism. The results – shocking, sweet, moving, thought provoking – are here
And it got me thinking – as it should – why I needed feminism.
Your turn now…
I’m very happy to be starting two writing groups on Tuesdays in central Tunbridge Wells from 24th September, one in the mornings and and another in the evening. They won’t be workshops, or offer individual criticism of your work. Instead, we will concentrate on writing and your own writing practice, working to set prompts and readings all aimed at getting the words flowing. This will be very much an individual process, so the group will be suitable for beginners and more experienced writers alike. Although I will be looking at specific areas, eg character and plot, the idea is that the sessions are both creative and enjoyable – the only restriction being that group members come prepared to write and experiment. There will be the opportunity to read back work, but only if you want to.
The main thing is to GET YOU WRITING … whether for the first time, or when you swore you never would again, or when you’re terrified of the page, or when you write brilliantly already but just need a little push, whether you want to for work or for pleasure, or just want to see what the fuss is about!
If you feel this sounds like something that may be of interest to you, there are still some places available as I write. Do contact me at sarahsalway @ gmail.com for more information, or if you have any questions.
Alternatively, I will be running some writing classes through the University of Kent at Tonbridge on Wednesdays in October – more information here.
There’s an interesting analysis of Ray Bradbury’s book, FAHRENHEIT 451, as you’ve never seen it before! Well worth watching…
Created by AcademicEarth.org
Come to a feast of good food and poetry at Canterbury’s Goods Shed restaurant on Thursday 8th August to help raise money for the fantastic Wise Words Festival.
There are still a very very few tickets left – details (and menu) here. Hurry though. This is going to be deliciously fun!
I’m delighted to have two poems selected for the forthcoming anthology, The Poetry of Sex to be published by Viking in hardcover in January 2014 and by Penguin in paperback in January 2015.
And now that they join a poem published in the Financial Times, and one in the anthology, The Virago Book of the Joy of Shopping, I can finally answer ‘Money, shopping and sex’, when people ask me what I write about.
It beats my normal answer, ‘difficult women’, anyway!
Both poems are from my collection, You Do Not Need Another Self-Help Book, if you can’t wait until January to read them.
You glide down a runway, ready to fly, to set trends, to steady yourself before the next step. A runway is a place to be looked at, admired. Get too greedy though, swallow the ‘a’ and you become runaway. Too much ‘I’, and you are on your way to ruin.
She fell in love with the tree by accident. She’ll freely admit how she’d been planning a conventional life, with mortgages and 9-5 days and rising stress levels, but when she’d seen the tree, she’d climbed straight up. And now, why should she come down? Everything’s better in the sky.
It was never about the apple, or even the snake. It was always Adam. How he couldn’t stop naming things until they lost their essence, became properties. Like her. His wife. Be careful, the whispers went. Just one bite and you’ll have to leave. But all she heard was Freedom.