“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past & imagine their world anew. They are a portal between one world & the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice & hatred, our avarice & dead ideas… Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” – Novelist Arundhati Roy
Aged 14-18? Or 19-30?
Brave New Words is a series of free creative writing workshops for young people in Doncaster exploring Roy’s idea of stepping into a new way of looking at the world, and ourselves in it, through writing.
It won’t be focused on the pandemic, but we’ll certainly be covering its effects and how our world might change on the other side. Most importantly, it will be about being creative, trying new ideas, having fun, and meeting likeminded people.
All experience levels are welcome, and you don’t have to think you’re a great writer to attend. You just need an interest in words and in trying something new. Sessions will be warm and supportive. Currently, the sessions will need to happen on Zoom, but you don’t have to have your camera on to attend.
Writing from the project will be part of an accompanying podcast on Hive’s Hatch Channel (for those interested, but no pressure!)
Running the sessions will be writers Vicky Morris and Nik Perring. Both have worked for many years with younger writers building skills and confidence, and both have a toolkit of great ideas and ways to get you writing. They’ll also tell you more about opportunities open to young writers aged 14-30 in the region and beyond.
We hope the project will feed into a new Doncaster Young Writers group (which has been on hiatus for too long!).
Interested? (go on, why not!)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age, and writing interests
Start date: Evening of Thursday 22nd Oct (two sessions for 14-18 & 18-30)
Sessions 1.5 hours. Weekly or fortnightly to be discussed with groups.
Supported by Doncaster Creates