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Write & Shine at NAWE Conference 2023

Friday 10 March 2023, 7.30am-9am

Start your day with a burst of creativity!

Join Write & Shine for an early morning writing workshop called ‘Spaciousness’.

In the morning light, writer Gemma Seltzer will guide you through a range of inspiring exercises to prompt new writing and ideas. Together, we'll take inspiration from the light and colour of spring and its invitation to notice and be curious. We'll read poems on pausing, and consider how to create space in our lives, and our minds, for new ideas to flow.

This writing workshop takes place in the early morning: the very best time to think, dream and imagine! In Write & Shine workshops, you won’t be expected to share your writing, which offers great freedom and encourages all kinds of fascinating ideas to emerge.

On the morning of the workshop, please grab your favourite drink, a pen and notebook, then join the Write & Shine Zoom meeting room anytime from 7.15am, for a 7.30am prompt start.

Join us for this unique session specially designed for NAWE conference delegates! (An additional fee of £25 is payable for this session.) Limited number of places available - booking essential. 

** A Writing Prompt from Gemma to give you a taste of this session and offer everyone some spaciousness! **

What an honour to kick off the NAWE Conference 2023 with a Write & Shine morning writing workshop! Thanks to everyone who came along to write in the morning light, read poems on pausing, and consider how to create space in our lives, and our minds, for new ideas to flow.

If you weren't able to join us, don't worry! We'd love to offer you this reflective writing prompt as a moment to pause during your day:

"Two helpful words to keep in mind at the beginning of any writing adventure are pleasure and spaciousness. If we connect a sense of joy with our writing, we may be inclined to explore further. What’s there to find out? Perhaps too much stock has been placed in big ideas or even small ones — a myth! — but regularity seems like a key. Don’t start with a big idea. Start with a phrase, a line, a quote. Questions are very helpful. Begin with a few you’re carrying right now." — Naomi Shihab Nye

Using the quote as inspiration, take ten minutes today to write about where there is currently pleasure and spaciousness in your life, and in your creative work. Where could there be more?

Write & Shine's new spring season of morning writing workshops begins on 15 March. Events are led by writer Gemma Seltzer, and guest tutors including poet Denise Saul and dance artist Louise Klarnett, Explore the programme here