What does ‘inspiration’ mean for the average writer? When is the right time to write? What is the difference between passive and active creativity? Maybe, when we say we’re just ‘not inspired’, what we’re really dealing with is a need for perfection or the fear of failure. Well, guess what, there’s never been a better time to write. Using the Pomodoro technique, Elaine Mary Stabler will focus on inspiration vs stimulation. Rather than waiting around for inspiration to strike, how can you, the writer, make inspiration come to you? Learn how to combat writer's block, the art of free writing, and hopefully see your own writing in creative new ways.December 8th, 2018
Not sure what to submit to MIR16? Opening with a panel discussion featuring Richard Hamblyn, Jean McNeil and Steve Willey, this day of workshops will give you everything you need! Workshops will be based on our climate theme and will focus on fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We will even show you how to polish your final piece ready for submission. Workshops will be run by members of the MIR16 editorial team and everyone will leave with a piece of work they could submit.January 19th, 2019.
Stella Klein leads this workshop which will focus on prose style. Through close readings of fiction and non-fiction extracts and writing and editing exercises, you will explore how precision and clarity is achieved through word choice and arrangement. Write less and say more!February 23rd, 2019.
Fran Lock, Simon Coltman and Melanie Jones return with their brilliant workshop combing meditative techniques with free writing and poetry. Exploring ways to improve focus, access new images and ideas, and turn those ideas into poetry, this afternoon will provide you with the tools you need to use meditation and free writing in your own poetic pursuits. There will also be an exercise that allows you to consider your work from a readers perspective before editing.May 18th, 2019.