Our next workshops & Courses
"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
Autobiography, Biography, Memoir (ONLINE)
NEW DATE TBC
Crafting Poems: Speaking the Word
One Day Workshop
This workshop explores techniques of crafting written and oral forms of Poetry. We will consider the distinctiveness of poetry and spoken word from other literary art forms. Students will look at selected poems, from Caribbean Oral Tradition and other cultures particularly where these have influenced the development of spoken word. We will consider: what is poetry? What role and purpose does it fulfil in a society? What sort of things does it do? How can poems be crafted to deeply reflect the special art of poetry? The aim is to examine the special and spiritual language of poems.
This life writing workshop will furnish you with basic techniques to tell your particular “life story.” Focus will be on exploring ways of expressing “emotional truth” that can powerfully convey life experiences and shape your writing.
At: Johmard Community Centre
65-67 High Street Colliers Wood (Northern Line, Near Tooting Broadway)
London, SW19 2JF
One Day workshop
This 3 hour workshop aims to help students develop creative skills and explore their unique powers of expression. The course involves group interaction and exercises that enable participants to free their imagination and develop a voice through which they can express their own style and rhythm in their writing. The workshop is open to anyone who enjoys writing or desires to write; whether a beginner or experienced.
The Craft of Describing
Do you find it hard to describe the images you want to express in your narratives? When you read your pieces, are you frustrated by a lack of detail? Are you able to identify "vagueness" in your writing? If you've answered or "felt" a yes! to either of these questions the Description and Detail Workshop is ideal for you. It takes students through a range of exercises that will unlock the way they uniquely see the world and want to express their ideas. Students will also be encouraged to 'dig deep' and develop the discipline to add specific details that will clearly express their meaning and creativity.
Details to follow
I would recommend the Creative Writing Course to other writers. It takes place within a very supportive environment. It covers a lot in a short space of time, and though different genres and techniques can only be touched upon, the Tutor does so with clarity and gives guidance for further exploration by the student.
Danny Thompson, Evolving Creatives
In honour of the acclaimed Toni Morrison, this course introduces you to aspects of her rich biography as well as some of her fiction and non-fiction. It will give you the chance to explore and/or revisit this writer's life, her deep imagination, stellar use of language and also her opinions and generous wisdom.
Toni Morrison became the first Black and African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 for her novel Beloved. Her work has centred on narrating the lives of Black people in American society, in their fullest complexities. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970) depicts the tragedy of self-loathing through the eyes of a young black girl (Pecola) who longs for blond hair, lighter skin and blue eyes - a miracle from God - she believes might give her a sense of belonging. This book will be required reading for the introductory course, along with extracts from other works of fiction and non-fiction.
Course aims: whether you are familiar with or new to Toni Morrison this course offers a chance to celebrate the life and work of a phenomenal writer. By exploring selected fiction and non-fiction works the course enables students to discuss her contributions to African-American and wider African Diasporic experiences and questions of identity.
Teaching & Learning:
This course will take place at the historic New Beacon Books and George Padmore Institute on Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park. It will use a mixture of styles including presentations, group discussions and readings. All will be encouraged to take part in seminar discussions.
It will run on Tuesdays for 4 weeks starting on Tuesday 28th January 2020 and end on Toni Morrison's birthday 18th February (she would have been 89 years old).
Course Fee: £60
Booking (via Eventbrite/jus-tickets) is essential.
The Amazing James Baldwin 6 Week Course
NEW Dates TBC
The Amazing James Baldwin: an exciting, interactive multi-media course to mark the release of the new Baldwin dramatic film 'If Beale Street could Talk'. This course also references the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro.This six-week course is an introduction to James Baldwin and a selection of his works. The course draws on a range of written and visual material to present an overview of his writings and contributions to the questions of race and identity, examining how they continue to impact us now.
We will use obscure video clips of James Baldwin (interviews, speeches, TV appearances) and some of his most widely received fiction and non-fiction writing, including Going to Meet the Man, Sonny’s Blues, Notes of a Native Son, and The Fire Next Time. Rare photos, paintings, and sketches that capture his spirit are also included.
Introduce Baldwin’s work to a new generation.
Highlight and explore his lesser known works.
Use his analysis of 1960s-80s society to interrogate present day local and global racism
Promote the consumption of Black history and literature
Course Leaders: Dr Michelle Asantewa, Donna Mckoy and Tony Warner.
Six previous courses at the Black Cultural Archives, New Beacon books and Genesis cinemas sold out so don't delay booking. Every Monday 6.30-8.30pm from 25th February 2019 for six weeks. Cost £80.00
African Women Resistance Leaders: Political and Spiritual (TBC)
This course will detail Black women who have fought against colonialism and racism over the last 400 years and examine their varied spiritual belief systems. Mainstream history consistently ignores the contribution of Black women in general but many of these women used indigenous spiritual belief systems to sustain their own ideologies and inspire their followers. African civilisations and belief systems were, and are, routinely denigrated by Europeans which has led to stigma and mis-representation.
In this 6 week course we will cover:
Pre-colonial African belief systems
Christianity as oppression and resistance
Sanite, Mbuya, Nanny and Nanny Greg, Yaa, Fannie, Nzingha, Coretta, The Two Amys, Queen Mary Thomas, Queen Amar, Yemaja, Oya, Dandara, Nehanda and Graca
1970's women soldiers in Africa's liberaton wars
Black women’s resistance in English literature
Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Mississippi, Haiti, Angola, Brazil, Cuba, Nigeria :Civil and Human Rights
Disparaging terms ‘Obeah’, ‘Juju’, the real history of Santeria, Candomble, and Jumbie
African religious belief and Hollywood Superheroes
The African roots of the Zombie; movie metaphors
White female fragility and the co-options of feminism
We will use obscure and modern film clips, archival documents, rare books and essays, interviews , testimony from the women and their followers, small and large group work
Provide political and spiritual context for 40 black women leaders from 1680's to 1980's
Explain pre-colonial belief systems and their survival in post -colonial African diaspora
Analyse and explore white supremacist thought in mainstream media
Promote the consumption of Black history and literature
7 Tothill Street
Course Leaders: Donna McKoy, Dr Michelle Asantewa and Tony Warner
£150.00 for 12-week course.
There is no power greater than love. Yet rarely do we activate the energy of love as Divine Power and explore its healing and self-empowerment qualities. Instead, romantic relationships often dominate our exploration of love, which can limit its overall life-transforming potential.
This is a follow on workshop in the Way Wive Wordz Power of Series when we looked at affirmations and automatic writing. We will build on this understanding of the power of affirmation in this session and use the exercises of automatic writing to explore the Divine Power of Love.
You don't need to have attended the Power of Affirmations Workshop to join this session.
This FREE interactive workshop aims to help you energise the self-healing power and life-transforming energies of love.
The Power of Love Free (ONLINE) Workshop
Thursday 27th February 2020, 8.00pm