I am a published poet, playwright and novelist with over 20 years of workshop experience. I have worked in film, television and theatre as an actress and trained as a psychodynamic counsellor and
dramatherapist. In 1996 I co-founded LAPIDUS (National Association for Literary Arts and Personal development) and have tutored on the Creative Writing and Personal Development MA at Sussex
University since 1996. I offer individual supervision and run residencies and writing workshops nationally for arts centres, galleries and schools for all ages. Over the past couple of years I have run several writing projects for the charity organisation CREATE
which aims to bring the creative arts to socially excluded groups.
Projects have included Music Lifts, a poetry and music project with members of the homeless community in Deptford, Flying High, a writing project based around the Earth From Air exhibition of ariel photographs by Yann Arthus Bertrand with children from a Southwark primary school, Arts Adventures, storytelling and storymaking in children's hospitals and hospices around the country,
Speak With My Voice, an intergenerational project where children from a local primary school came together with older members of the community at a day centre for the elderly in Chelsea to write in
response to a piece of music and most recently, Celebrating Diversity a writing and music project with children from Chisenhale School in Mile End, London. I have been employed by Islington's
Education Action Zone to run several residencies in Islington Green Secondary as well as the four primary schools in the Zone and by TEXT Writers in Schools (funded by CEA and Cripplegate) on many
projects over the last 3 years. I acted as mentor on the 2004 NAWE training scheme and also on the LAPIDUS peer learning programme in that same year.
In 2000/1, with support from the Arts Council, I developed and ran my initiative, PLAYING WITH POETRY, involving children and adults in creative writing partnerships, with groups including members of the deaf, ESL and autistic communities, children at the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture and children with severe learning/physical disabilities together with their adult parents/carers. I have
acted as consultant, facilitator and coordinator for many established arts bodies. I am fascinated by the power of language and imagination and its impact on the health of the individual. My workshops are lively, interactive, surprising and enjoyable.
WYOMING TRAIL, novel Granta Books 1998
The Present, short story in P.E.N. New Fiction I Ed. Peter Ackroyd
(Quartet Books 1984)
PURPLE & GREEN (Rivelin Grapheme Press, 1985)
ANGELS OF FIRE - RADICAL POETRY OF THE 80's (Chatto & Windus 1986)
DANCING THE TIGHTROPE (Women?s Press 1987)
THE DYBBUK OF DELIGHT (Five Leaves Press 1995)
'Playing With Poetry - The Method and Rationale' (Arts Council of England 2001)
'Self as Source' chapter in THE SELF ON THE PAGE - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing in Personal Development (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 1998)
PRISON BABY - Hard Labour Theatre Co. Etcetera Theatre 1988
One-woman play about pregnancy and confinement.
GRANNY'S BOTTOM DRAWER - Quicksilver Theatre for Children 1990.
Musical play for under-fives about memory loss and the relationship between the very old and the very young.
THE GOLLY - Kings Head Theatre Islington 1990 (dir. Ian Rickson)
Play about the fears and expectations of young couple expecting their first child.
Dramaturg for Bristol Express Theatre Co 1991 on production of HEAVEN by Sarah Aicher (dir. Andy Jordan)
No. 3 PIED PIPER STREET Quicksilver Theatre for Children in collaboration with Vocem Electric Voice Theatre.1992-3 Play exploring dreams and wish-fulfilment. National tour (Lilian Bayliss
Theatre,London; Gulbenkian Theatre, Newcastle; Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch; Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham)
HANSEL AND GRETEL for Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood (dir. Peter Kinsey) 1994-95
Night & Day for Warner Sisters She Play series C4 Millicent Island
BBC Screenplay commission
Bear Behind BBC TV
New work, recently completed:
IVY'S HOUSE novel
CIRCLE TIME collection of poetry for children
GREETING CARD LOU novel for children
Cheryl Moskowitz is a creative writer (novels, plays and poetry) and a teacher of creative writing on the MA programme on Creative Writing and Personal Development at Sussex University and the university summer course, 'Writing in the Community' with a spcific focus on writing in schools and with young poeple. Cheryl has also worked on a number of projects with the Barbican Education team using writing and visual arts to support gallery exhibitions with family and school groups.
In terms of working with children in school, Cheryl has done three successful residencies, one term with the National Year of Reading Playwrights in Schools at Richard Cloudsley School in 1999 and, more recently in 2003, two terms with the Writers in Schools Project working first with Year 8 children in Central Foundation School, followed by Year 3/4 children in Moorfields Primary School. Both schools are in the London Borough of Islington. At present, Cheryl is preparing for a follow-up residency at Moorfields with the same class.
The initial residency at Moorfields was based on a visit to John Wesley's Chpel and Museum and resulted in a group story that used the visit as a creative jumping-off point. Cheryl worked very closely with the class teacher, using her own story-building model adapted to the needs of young children.
Cheryl is a charismatic storyteller in her own right. She is also able to give children the confidence to take part in the process of making a group story come alive through vivid characters, quirky events, rich language and a compelling narrative. This interactive process works very well, partly because Cheryl understands the kind of things that are close to their hearts. She is sensitive to the needs of both the teacher and the children.
The final product was a group story that the children acted out with costumes, props and sound effects to an audience of parents and other children in the school. The productioin was very well received.
I would therefore strongly recommend Cheryl for any creative writing project.
Coordinator, Writers in Schools Project, London
Cheryl has taught on the Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the University since 1996. This is an academic programme with a strong professional development strand. Students attending the programme include those wishing to develop their writing skills through a closer engagement with their own personal material, and those wishing to develop the skills to use writing as a tool in their work in healthcare, therapy and education. Needless to say, teaching on this programme requires not only the ability to help students develop their writing and groupwork skills, but also a high degree of sensitivity to enable them to delve into sometimes difficult personal material.
Cheryl is an ideal tutor for this work, having a strong background and extensive experience both in creative writing and in counselling and psychotherapy. She works very sensitively with students across the education/therapy borderline, and I am continually struck by the speed with which students on the courses she teaches experience developmental and therapeutic gains through their writing. Whilst this work is with adults, I know that Cheryl has also worked successfully with young children and their partents. Her approach is original and exciting, carefully thought-out and equally carefully put into practice.
I highly recommend Cheryl for work which uses the literary arts in a therapeutic or developmental context.
Assistant Director, Centre for Continuing Education
University of Sussex at Brighton
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