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Saturday 13th March

Session: 8:15 - 8:45
Main Room - 8:15 - 8:45
BREAKFAST POEMS
with The Poetry Business
Tune into Soundcloud for some poetry with your snap, crackle and pop!
Session: 9:00 - 9:50
Room 1 - 9:00 - 9:50
CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE STORY STRUCTURE WORKSHOP
Matt Beighton

Matt Beighton’s exciting “choose-your-own-adventure” workshop has been engaging children up and down the country. Working in small groups, children explore the decisions made throughout a narrative and the impact these can have on the story. More-able writers will extend their narrative structure while less-confident children will become more confident with story structure. This practical workshop will demonstrate the impact of this format with Matt modelling the variety of ways in which it can be delivered. Regardless of whether you are an educator or author, you will leave this workshop with another great technique to utilise in your sessions.

Room 2 - 9:00 - 9:50
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION FOR WRITERS
Kylie Holme

Mindfulness is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.” Some writers find themselves held back by fear, insecurities, worry, and a lack of self-confidence. These are thoughts and beliefs fuelled by those thoughts. Using Mindfulness Meditation practice helps to recognise our thoughts for what they are: just thoughts, not absolute truth. We then begin to realise they’re just thoughts it helps the writer to set them aside and get going—and keep going— with writing. Practising Mindfulness Meditation can also assist in learning how to move past the negative mind chatter. In this wellbeing workshop, participants will be guided through a series of Mindfulness meditation, releasing any old beliefs about writing and the self. Gentle writing activities are explored to feel empowered. All writing levels welcome.

Room 3 - 9:00 - 9:50
WHAT IS A MENTOR? MENTORING, COMMUNITY AND LITERARY CULTURE
Will May, Nazneen Ahmed, Aiysha Jahan, Matt West

The last decade has seen new mentoring schemes for both writers and reviewers, a rise in commercial mentoring services, and a renewed focus by national arts funders on mentoring as a means to stimulate literary and creative culture across the UK. Yet literary scholarship has had very little to say about the practice or process of mentoring. In this panel, Nazneen Ahmed, Aiysha Jahan, Will May and Matt West explore the historical, critical, creative, and practical insights of mentoring, and suggests how a shared conversation between literary mentors and scholars might help connect diverse strands of our discipline and bridge literary communities working in and outside of HEIs.

Session: 10:00 - 10:50
Room 1 - 10:00 - 10:50
NO EDGES OR WALLS: ONLINE MUSEUM POETRY WORKSHOP
Caleb Parkin

Many poets find inspiration in museums and from artworks, but in these days of lockdown and distancing, physical access isn’t always possible. How can we be inspired, not overwhelmed, by digital catalogues or tours? How do the on-screen object and the ‘curated’ object differ as inspiration? The session draws on highlights and learning from Caleb Parkin and David Clarke’s The Halls are Empty course for Poetry School earlier this year. We’ll create poems individually and collaboratively. Wellbeing, accessibility, potential and challenges are threaded through this enjoyable workshop, for poets and tutors.

Room 2 - 10:00 - 10:50
MAKING A LITERARY PODCAST: A FLEXIBLE FORM FOR WRITING, TEACHING AND RESEARCH
Sherezade García Rangel, Amy Lilwall

Do you love podcasts? Ever wanted to make your own? Curious about how to expand your writing practice into a new form and reach a new audience? In this workshop, you will learn the core elements of making a literary podcast including writing for audio, the basics of a podcast script and getting your podcast out there. You will also learn how to establish a relationship with the listener and tips on how to create a podcast brand. Discover a new form and enhance your multimodal writing, teaching and research practice by learning how to make a literary podcast.

Room 3 - 10:00 - 10:50
TUNING INTO YOUR CHARACTERS
Anthony d'Aries

In this multi-genre craft workshop, we will explore how writers use music to inform us of their characters’ desires, contradictions, fears, aspirations, and aesthetic sensibilities as well as deepen our understanding of the time period, setting, and relevant political issues. This workshop will provide practical tips on how music in written narratives can serve a similar function as soundtracks in film and help writers view and develop their characters through another medium. We will examine the role music has played in a broad range of literature, including Janice Y.K Lee, Michael Ondaatje, and Roddy Doyle.

Session: 11:00 - 11:50
Room 1 - 11:00 - 11:50
WRITE TO THE HEART OF POETRY IN SCHOOLS - IMPLEMENTING A DIGITAL PROGRAMME
Shelley Tracey

Write to the Heart is the title of the 2020/2021 iteration of Community Arts Partnership’s annual Poetry in Motion Schools programme. CAP’s poet facilitators give a series of workshops in primary, second and special schools in Northern Ireland. Poetry in Motion develops appreciation of poetry, poetry writing skills, self-expression and self-confidence. The programme culminates in an anthology and a celebration event, with over 900 participants. This presentation shares CAP’s considerations for planning and implementing a digital programme in the context of COVID 19. It also includes the responses of poet facilitators, schools and pupils involved in the current programme.

Room 2 - 11:00 - 11:50
CREATING WRITING EXPERIENCES FOR PARTICIPANTS WHO MAY BE EXPERIENCE POOR
Amanda Harris, Annamaria Murphy

Who remembers the dreaded school essay question, “What we did in the holidays.”? What if you never went on a holiday? Or couldn’t do much due to family, financial or other circumstances? In Cornwall, a place of outstanding natural beauty, it can be assumed that our young people will have access to it. This is not always the case. Annamaria Murphy and Amanda Harris from The Writers’ Block, Cornwall explore how we as teachers and practitioners give these young people rich experiences to inspire them to write about whatever their situations and wherever they live.

Room 3 - 11:00 - 11:50
RESEARCH-INFORMED WAYS OF TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING ONLINE
Francis Gilbert

This workshop will examine the ways in which creative writing can be taught online throughout a range of diverse settings, including schools, higher education and community-based groups. It will explore both how creative writing can be nurtured online using synchronous methods (live video/audio streaming methods such as Zoom/Teams), and also taught using asynchronous methods (using online resources that can be accessed at any time). Drawing upon the latest theories and research connected with online teaching, it will offer participants a set of clear strategies for teaching online as well as afford a chance for discussion about the underlying theories that inform these strategies.

Session: 12:10 - 13:00
Main Room - 12:10 - 13:00
UK ARTS COUNCILS LITERATURE PANEL
Sarah Crown (ACE National), Damian Smyth (AC NI) Lleucu Siencyn (Literature Wales) Harriet MacMillan (Creative Scotland)

We bring together a rare gathering – a special cultural funding panel comprising the literature leads from the four nations England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to discuss the state of the sector, how it’s adapting with the pandemic and the future priorities for national literature development.

Session: 13:45 - 14:35
Main Room - 13:45 - 14:35
IN CONVERSATION: Romalyn Ante
Romalyn Ante

Romalyn Ante will read from her debut collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, and will be joined in conversation by Seraphima Kennedy, Prof Bobbie Farsides and Fiona Mason to discuss creative writing and healthcare.

Session: 14:45 - 15:15
Room 1 - 14:45 - 15:15
MAX LITERACY: RESPONDING AND ADAPTING
Max Reinhardt Trust, Engage and NAWE

This panel conversation of learning highlights and from the MaxLiteracy Awards programme reflects on the conference theme: What next for creative writing in education and communities in 2021 and beyond? MaxLiteracy creates partnerships between schools, galleries and creative writers to work in innovative ways and different learning contexts from SEN/D and mental wellbeing. The panel will also reflect on how this learning has influenced the evolution and development of the 2021 MaxLiteracy Awards and it’s legacy outcomes in response to the Covid-19 health emergency. The MaxLiteracy Awards were initiated and funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust in 2014. With the support of Engage - the National Association of Gallery Education and NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education, the awards have developed into a biennial programme enabling galleries, art museums and visual arts venues in England to support dedicated creative writing and literacy work with schools through art. Panelists: Veronica Reinhardt (Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust), Jane Sillis (Director, Engage) and Dr Ronda Gowland-Pryde (MaxLiteracy Programme Coordinator).

Room 2 - 14:45 - 15:15
CITIZEN: LONG TERM WRITING RESIDENCIES IN COMMUNITIES
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Noelle Cobden

Citizen is Edinburgh International Book Festival’s long-term creative programme working across Edinburgh, listening to people’s views about the communities in which they live. Led by writersin-residence, Citizen provides a platform for communities to have their voices heard, offering residents an opportunity to explore their connection to each other and their relationship to their local area, looking at how local conversations are heard or echoed on a national or global level. In this practical presentation, writer-in-residence Eleanor Thom and Communities Programme Director Noelle Cobden will discuss learning from the first three years of the project and showcase the creative content produced by the Citizen Community Collaborators.

Room 3 - 14:45 - 15:15
THE DANCE OF CRITICAL THINKING AND CREATIVE WRITING
Amanda Hodgkinson, Antonella Castelvedere

Novelists often talk of writing from a place of dreaming, building their stories by following images and small scenes that come to them through memory, through the imagination and through a desire to articulate life experience. Critical writing too can be a response to life experience and is creative in spirit, arrived at from its own particular place of dreaming. In this session, Amanda Hodgkinson, novelist and course leader for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Suffolk and Antonella Castelvedere, poet, critical theorist and course leader for English literature, Language and Creative Writing undergraduate study at University of Suffolk, discuss their approach to curriculum design for MA study which explicitly links the creative and the critical in workshops, and share reflections on the student response to this celebration of creative hybridity.

Session: 15:45 - 16:15
Room 1 - 15:45 - 16:15
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING & PEDAGOGICAL EXCHANGES IN PANDEMIC TIMES
Lorena Briedis EACWP

As Europe is still enduring the corona pandemic, the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes (EACWP) has been searching for alternative ways to (re-)connect its members and carry on with its annual activities. Since July (2020), the EACWP is offering different Premium Virtual Editions of its Teachers Training Course, involving its most expert European teachers. On 21-23 May 2021, in association with University of East Anglia (UK), the EACWP will celebrate its V International Pedagogical Conference. Worldwide participants are invited to attend both events. This presentation will provide further information and details about these new on-line initiatives and their engagement in the continuity of the pedagogical debate.

Room 2 - 15:45 - 16:15
THE LIMINAL ZONE: MANAGING THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN TEACHING AND CREATIVE PRACTICE
Mandy Haggith

The Liminal Zone is a Carnegie Trust funded project exploring the seashore as a metaphor for the interface between teaching and creative practice. This participatory session will explore what works for you in balancing writing and teaching. Is teaching a process of helping others to build their craft, while creative practice is the sailing of that craft on artistic waters? Or are we drowning in an ocean of teaching responsibilities, struggling for time in our artistic homeland? Can teaching and creativity nourish each other and what rhythms do artist-academics achieve in the ebb and flow of our hybrid identities?

Session: 16:30 - 17:00
Room 1 - 16:30 - 17:00
ENGAGING STUDENTS IN DISTANCE LEARNING
Gaja Kolodziej

Gaja Kolodziej has been teaching creative writing in the form of blended learning since 2012. What started as a personal inclination to guide teenage aspiring writers via a blogging platform, has expanded to accommodate Skype, Zoom, Facebook, Google Hangouts and Docs available to people living in Poland and abroad. Online resources such as polls, quizzes, shared files and live discussions provide a bridge of communication and emotional connection for distance learning students by fostering peer-to-peer engagement, as well as student-to-teacher. During this session, Gaja will demonstrate ways of inspiring, engaging, and motivating writers in the era of social distancing.

Room 2 - 16:30 - 17:00
READ ON: NEW WAYS TO ENGAGE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH READING AND WRITING
Emma Boniwell

Writing West Midlands, the UK partner for Read On, explains the work done and the findings made. It will offer tried and tested tips for life-changing engagement with reading and writing from writers and teachers involved in the project.

Session: 17:10 - 18:00
Room 1 - 17:10 - 18:00
ON FOUND POETRIES: AN EXPLORATION
Zoë Brigley, Toni Chappell, Carrie Etter, Andrea Holland

How can the use of found materials invigorate poetic practice? In this session, four writers address the use of found materials in their own and others’ work: to incorporate information about the environment and our relationship with it in ecopoems; to combine diverse dictions in employing text from other time periods and languages; to highlight the archival record in a work of historical fiction; and to force distinct voices to bend to the individual poet’s vision and experience. Following brief talks by the authors about their practice, they’ll offer an exercise in composing a poem using provided found materials and conclude with Q&A.

Room 2 - 17:10 - 18:00
THE SCIENCE OF WRITING CHARACTERS
Kira-Anne Pelican

Characters are at the heart of fictional texts since it is through them that we engage emotionally with the narrative. While some writers describe the process of character development as intuitive, it seems likely that other writers will benefit from a more robust understanding of what we mean when we discuss character complexity and nuance. In this workshop, aimed at creative writing teachers, and drawn from Kira’s forthcoming book, she will discuss what we can learn from personality psychology about writing more complex characters and why some characters are more memorable than others.

Room 3 - 17:10 - 18:00
STITCHES AND STORIES: MAKING A VIRTUAL QUILT
Heather Richardson

When we come together to sew, a creative space is opened up inside us. There are opportunities to explore ideas and memories. In this practical workshop we will meet virtually, each working to embellish our own piece of fabric. As we stitch, we will discuss our responses to a series of textile-related prompts, with optional pauses for writing. At the end of the workshop participants will be invited to share a photograph of their piece. These will then be assembled into a virtual quilt. No previous sewing experience required. Information on materials will be advised in advance of the event.

Session: 19:00 - 19:50
Main Room - 19:00 - 19:50
IN CONVERSATION: Kit de Waal
Kit de Waal
Join our special guests in conversation, including readings from their work.

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