Writing Workshops

I bring decades of experience teaching writing to my online workshops. I’ve taught at the University of California and Colleges in the US, delivered community writing workshops as well as master classes for the Taibhsear Collective.

Creative Writing workshops with a focus on folklore and ritual through the lens of technique.

Writing as ritual

Writing As Ritual

A crash course in first lines, new habits and starting out. 

In this two hour workshop we will discuss ways to face the blank page, modes of creating a writing ritual for yourself and as well as warding your practice in the face of upheaval and uncertainty. 

4th of February, 2023. 7pm GMT £25, tickets via Eventbrite

We’ll explore ways to face the blank page, modes of creating a writing ritual for yourself and as well as warding your practice in the face of upheaval and uncertainty.

We’ll find ways to carve out time and space to write as well as reconnecting with our own vision and purpose.

I’ll share practical tips and tricks for forming or renewing a regular writing practice.

Together we’ll examine our processes, sharing discoveries and challenges as a group as well as our hopes and plans for writing in the new year.

There will be prompts and inspiration for future work.

Participants will bring a stone, a light, and a plant. (Or tailor this to your practice—something to ground you, something to bring presence and something for growth and rootedness)

Paid subscribers to my Substack receive a discount code!

Arcane Memoir

A workshop exploring the story of Tarot as a prompt and informant to our writing process and our personal narrative.

In this two hour workshop we will use the iconography of the tarot’s major arcana as prompts to memory and personal narrative.

You don’t need to know how to read tarot to participate, but those who do work with Tarot will find a new way to use your insights with this divination tool to broaden and deepen your writing. 

I have thirty years of experience working with tarot. As a child, my first conversations with the cards were as a mysterious game. In this workshop we will rekindle a bit of this wonder as we delve into our pasts on the page. 

This workshop is a safe space for women, people of colour and LGBTQ+ people. While we may discuss our writing process, any sharing of our written work will be voluntary. 

At the end of the workshop you will have sketched out a short piece of memoir writing with a plan for development and revision. 

You will need paper and pen, or something to input text. The major arcana cards from a personal tarot deck is optional—an online deck is available here. https://randomtarotcard.com

Date and Time TBA

Second Sight

A hands-on, how-to workshop rewriting drafts. Revision is a way of seeing and it is the secret to powerful writing. In this workshop we will look at techniques for re-visioning– getting a second look at your first drafts and developing all your raw wildings into powerful writing that embodies all your intentions. Date and Time TBA

Ghost missives

In this two hour workshop we will look at point of view and persona in new nature writing. We will shift persona and point of view in our writing and find new ways to speak for and with the land. Date and Time TBA

writing yourself Home

In this master class we will explore rendering a sense of place in writing. Exercises will centre on facets of setting informed by notions of the Scottish diaspora and an anti-colonial re-enchantment of land, place, and home. Date and Time TBA

I got so much from the workshops. The whole thing about recognising your rhythms completely revolutionised my practice! I’m on fire!

Claire Gorman

Writing as ritual