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Creative Writing with Merrie Joy Williams

Monday 6.45pm - 9.00pm -The Writer’s Life: The Foundations
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm - Writing Studio

Course 1  - The Writer’s Life: The Foundations  

A six-session fortnightly Monday evening course for those wishing to develop a regular writing practice, and incorporate writing into their lifestyle. You will explore the fundamental building blocks of effective prose writing, including character, setting and structure, dialogue, and gain the toolkit of a regular writer.

Suitable for beginning writers or more experienced writers wishing to revisit the foundations and generate new work in progress in a challenging and fun environment.  Level 2 begins in January.

This is a seminar group with maximum time to express and share. Maximum eight people. 

Time: 6.45 - 9pm, Mondays: 12th, 26th Sept; 10th, 24th Oct; 7th and 21st Nov. 

Introductory Rate: £250.00, in advance, by 8th Sept. Early Bird, £220, Friday 26th Aug. 

To book or for enquiries, contact Merrie on NewEden22@outlook.com. 

Course 2 - Writing Studio  

This is a fortnightly afternoon workshop, for writers wishing to get feedback on pre-written works in progress, and explore excellent published pieces, including poems, flash fictions and prose poem hybrids, using them as tools to model and develop our own work and new pieces.  

Suitable for writers who want to analyse a wide range of newer pieces, including poetry; and gain feedback on their own work. Open to all,  including those on the ‘Writer’s Life: The Foundations’ course’. 

Autumn 2022 theme: ‘Beginnings’. In this term we will pay particular attention to techniques used to draw, fascinate and sustain a reader’s interest. 

Time: 12.30pm, Mondays: 19th Sept; 3rd, 17th, 31st Oct; 14th, 28th Nov.

Cost: `£60 for all six afternoon sessions in advance, or £12 drop-in fee. 

Evening Session:  Reading & Performance Skills.  Monday December 5th, 7pm, £12. 

How to connect with an audience, sustain their interest, and use your voice to its best effect. Open to all levels. 

To book, or for enquiries, contact Merrie on NewEden22@outlook.com. 

Open Mic Night: Feel Free 

A monthly Friday night open mic, open to all wishing to present poetry, spoken word, flash fictions, or short musical pieces. 

As well more seasoned performers, people new on their journeys are encouraged to attend and debut their skills. Or bring your guitar, instrument or voice, and get involved in the monthly jam song. Build up your confidence, performance repertoire, and your audience potential. 

£4 entry fee.  Location: Shrewsbury House Bar 

Inaugural:  Friday 2nd September 2022 

After that: 1st Friday of the month, except December. 

October 7th 

November 4th 

December 9th 

About Merrie Joy Williams

Merrie Joy Williams is a poet, novelist, editor and Creative Writing Tutor. She has been shortlisted twice for the Bridport Poetry Prize (2020/21), long-listed twice for the National Poetry Competition(2020/21), and is a winner of The Poetry Archive’s ‘Wordview 2020’ competition. She is the recipient of a London Writers Awards, and Arts Council England awards for both poetry and fiction. 

Writing Residencies have included Manchester Poetry Library, The South Downs National Park, and Historic England’s High Street Tales project, for which she was commissioned to write Woolwich’s tale, working with local people to tell its story. (Find the tale, ‘In Between Days’ online).  

Merrie has tutored Creative writing with adults for many years, and is a former English Teacher in 11-18 secondary schools, when she was in charge of Learning and Teaching (English Faculty) at an outstanding school.  

She has appeared at the Seren Cardiff and Southbank Literature festivals, and on radio. Poems have appeared in Poetry Wales, Pree Lit, Tentacular, Under the Radar, Writing in Education, and elsewhere. Her poetry collection is ‘Open Windows’ (Waterloo, 2019), and a debut novel is forthcoming.


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