Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Workshops and Surgeries in Lancaster

Courtesy of our friends over in Lancaster, here's news of three workshop and surgery opportunities taking place during November.

Words & Music Collaborations workshop.

10.30am - 4.30pm on Saturday 14th November 2009


The Storey Auditorium
Meeting House Lane, Lancaster
The aim of the workshop is to enable

six writers and six musicians to work in
collaboration experimenting with the combination of
text and sound -
stretching the boundaries of music and using words
and sound in abstract/atmospheric ways.

As places are limited to six writers and six musicians
they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you would like more information or
please e-mail:

Please note: this is not a 'songwriting workshop'.

Facilitators: Ann Wilson and Shaun Blezzard

Ann is a writer and performing poet based in South Cumbria. Her poetry features on The Resting Bench which is free to download from Earth Monkey Productions at www.earthmp.com Thanks to fabulous sonic artist/producer Shaun (Clutter) Her poetry collection Synesthetic is available at The Tinners' Rabbit Bookshop, Ulverston, Cumbria or direct from Ann at gigs.
Check out her website: www.annthepoet.com

Shaun is a community based audio/visual artist who lives on Barrow Island in Cumbria,UK. He has worked as an artist, musician, producer, composer and workshop leader for the likes of Sonic Arts Network, Welfare State International, The Sage Gateshead, Youth Music, Whitewood & Fleming, Age Concern, Grizdale Arts, Shoreline Films, The Ashton Group, Connexions, The Word Hoard and Barrow Borough Council. He is also an experienced live sound technician and sound recordist and runs Earth Monkey Productions - a non-profit making net label specialising in experimental electronic music, sound art and spoken work.

Performance Writing Workshop

Friday November 20th 2.30 - 4.30pm

at The Storey Creative Industries Centre,
Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Facilitator: Ann Wilson -

Ann is the regular host of the Spoken Word open mic at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Cumbria. She has performed her poetry in pubs, cafes, and theatres, on the radio at festivals and on the street since 1992.

Fee: £5

To Book or for further information email:



Writing Surgeries: Work In Progress

Whether you are just starting out
or have been writing for some time...

Whether you write for performance or the page...

Would you like to get some creative feedback on your writing?

Then come to a One-To-One 20 minute Surgery
with Spotlight Organisers Ron Baker and Sarah Fiske.
@ The Gregson Centre, Moor Lane, Lancaster.

The Next Surgery will be held on:

Sunday 22nd November 2009 - 7 - 9pm

Fee: £5

Places are limited and must be booked in advance -
To sign up for a 20 minute writing surgery
or for Further Information e-mail:


Feedback From Recent Surgeries

Thanks very much for the helpful feedback at my writing surgery. It definitely boosted my morale and made me feel it was worth keeping going (not that I'm in danger of stopping writing, but it gave me the hope that someone other than myself might at some point like to read what I've written!!). Thanks for making the surgeries happen and for the sensitive and encouraging way you commented on what I'd written. I'm plugging away at writing something longer and will edit, edit and edit again when I've got it all on paper.

Rob W. - Following your advice last November I sent copies of the first three chapters of my book (and a summary), to several publishers. After two rejections the editorial team of a publisher in London has now asked for the completed manuscript for consideration. Needless to say I am now working hard to complete it.

Matt T. - I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the constructive and supportive comments you made about my poems and about writing in general. I came way energised and inspired.

Peter B. - I would like to thank you for your encouragement and positive advice at the Writing Surgery last Sunday. It is greatly appreciated. I'm sure it will help me in the future.

Pamela P. - Let me thank you for the opportunity to have my work critiqued. I found the comments invaluable and greatly appreciated the time spent in giving me feedback.

Elisabeth D. - Just a short note to say 'thank you' for your help with my writing. Your comments were perceptive and helpful. I was impressed that you had taken time to read it so carefully. But it was just what I needed. I will take all to task in the New Year. Thank you again for your helpful suggestions, your time and your encouragement.

Bill D. - A brief note to thank you very much for your help. I've done a bit of re-drafting and feel stimulated and encouraged to progress my novel, 'Mad World'. It was nice to meet and talk with you.

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