Using museum objects to activate imagination: A Guide to Working as a Writer with Museums – WEM Workshop
Venue: Newarke House Museum, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY
Using museum objects to activate imagination:
A Guide to Working as a Writer with Museums (Writing East Midlands)
Time: 10am -3.30pm (lunch is not included)
Fee: £35 full fee, £30 concessionary.
Please note this training course is heavily subsidized by Writing East Midlands and the Celebrating Age programme.
This training is for writers, storytellers and workshop facilitators who are interested in using museum objects as inspiration for creative writing. It is aimed at writers who are experienced facilitators, but also those who would like to know more about delivering creative writing workshops within community settings. Museum objects can provide vivid, unique and powerful sensory stimuli. Novel and interesting objects can unlock writing, boost imagination, and distract participants from the intimidating blank of the white page.
Museum objects do have powerful potential to inspire creative writing, but this power is often very emotive and can present particular challenges. This skill-sharing day will not only offer an insight into practical considerations when working with objects, but will also explore emotional issues relating to wellbeing. During the day the topics you will cover include:
– The different types of museums and their collections
– Key considerations for working with museum staff and museum spaces
– How to specifically use museum objects and spaces to spark creativity
– Choosing which museum objects to best work with
– The power of museum objects – the positives and pitfalls
– Guidance on handling artefacts
– How to create an effective workshop dynamic
– Practical and exciting ideas for object-inspired creative writing workshops
You will also get the opportunity to participate in two creative writing sessions. Facilitated by experienced writers Mark Goodwin and Deborah Tyler-Bennett, these workshops will give you a taster of some of the various ways museum objects can be used as inspiration.
About the facilitators
The event will be run by Nikki Clayton, Director of expresseum poetics, a not-for-profit social enterprise which specialises in providing opportunities for people to engage creatively with things and places. Nikki has over 25 years experience of working in the museums sector. She established the long-running Behind the Scenes poetry workshop series, and the regionally recognised and celebrated Write:Muse programme.
Poet Mark Goodwin, and poet and fiction writer Deborah Tyler-Bennett, have been delivering creative writing workshops in community settings for decades. Both are highly experienced at using museum objects as inspiration for creative writing. In 2008 they wrote Words & Things: writing creatively from objects and art – an innovative teaching guide that received national recognition.
Using museum objects to activate imagination: A Guide to Working as a Writer with Museums is part of The Elder Tree project led by Writing East Midlands and run in partnership with Made in Corby, First Art, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Museums Development East Midlands.
About The Elder Tree
Funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and the Baring Foundation though their Celebrating Age programme, The Elder Tree is a three-year project which will deliver 12 Creative Writing Residencies with Older People groups within care home and community settings throughout the East Midlands. The Elder Tree project will empower groups of older people across the East Midlands to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers. Activity will include story-telling, reminiscence writing, poetry, group reading and role-play, and embody an ethos of celebration and fun. For more information about the project, please click here.
It is recommended that any writers who are interested in applying for a lead or shadow writer position for the Elder Tree project should attend both the ‘A Guide to Working as Writer with Older People’ and the ‘A Guide to Working as a Writer with Museums’; or they will need to be able to exhibit clear, relevant and recent experience of working in these areas at point of application. All successful applicants for the ‘lead writer’ roles will have their workshop fee and a day’s training fee reimbursed back to them upon appointment. For further information about how to apply, please click here for the Lead Writer job description and project brief, or click here for the Shadow Writer job description and project brief.
This workshop is also open to all writers looking at gaining training in working in this area, whether they intend to apply for The Elder Tree project.
Please contact Aimee Wilkinson, Head of Artistic Development at Writing East Midlands should you require any further information: Aimee@writingeastmidlands.co.uk
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