We’re delighted to be working with Creative Future, an organisation dedicated to developing under-represented artists and writers. Creative Future specialises in working with individuals who experience barriers to publishing or exhibiting their work, such as mental health issues, disability, identity and other social circumstances.

This year, we are offering 4 sessions that are specifically aimed at young adults aged 18-25 and 4 sessions that are suitable for all adults. All of the workshops are free to attend and should be booked via the Creative Future website using the links below.

Young adult programme

Come and explore approaches to genres and techniques in a fun, supportive environment; get writing and share your work.  Suitable for beginners and more established writers.

Each session explores something different; you can book on to as many as you like.

Come ready to get stuck in!

Workshop #1 – Poetry 

21 March, 4.30-6.30pm

Newcastle City Library (Room 7, Level 6)

Workshop #2 – Scriptwriting

18 April, 4.30-6.30pm

Newcastle City Library (Room 7, Level 6)

Workshop #3 – Crime Fiction

16 May, 4.30-6.30pm

Newcastle City Library (Room 7, Level 6)

Workshop #4 – Lyrical Fiction

20 June, 4.30-6.30pm

Newcastle City Library (Room 7, Level 6)

Adult programme

Workshop #1 – The weight of words

13 March, 10am-12pm

Figgis Room, Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG

Can we really say more by using fewer words? Why do some words weigh more than others? Are some thoughts heavier than others? We’ll be looking at examples of haiku from around the world as well as the shortest story ever written – and we’ll have a go at writing our own. With writing tutor Pat Winslow.

Workshop #2 – Food for thought

17 April, 10am-12pm

Figgis Room, Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG

From the groaning tables of Charles Dickens’ novels to the privations of Steinbeck’s dustbowl and Müller’s Soviet Russia, food has been written about extensively. In the hands of poets, it gets weird – you could be married with an onion ring and find humble mushrooms massing like an army. What item of food sets your creative juices going? Bring in a contribution if you want, though there will be plenty to choose from in the mystery bag. With writing tutor Pat Winslow.

Workshop #3 – Landscape and identity

15 May 10am-12pm

Figgis Room, Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG

Following on from our enormously popular colour workshop last year, we’ll be looking at abstract landscapes for inspiration. How much does landscape shape what we write? What does landscape tell us about ourselves? Landscapes have histories, just as we do. With writing tutor Pat Winslow.

Workshop #4 – What the fly saw and what I thought about it

5 June 10am-12pm

Figgis Room, Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG

Everyone has a story to tell, but what if a fly told it for us? Would it see the things we see? Would it say the same things we say? This workshop will explore narrative points of view and whether there is such a thing as objective reality. With writing tutor Pat Winslow.