'A Picture Tells...'
Writing From art Workshop
Sunday 25 June 10.30am-12.00pm
Martyrs' Gallery, Star Brewery, Lewes

Following on from the success of last month's workshop, we have teamed up once more with Martyr's Gallery to spend a morning writing in response to their latest exhibition. Michael Munday's vibrant abstracts draw on his time in Kerala, India. Through a series of interactive exercises, and using prompts such as spices, music, images and textiles, we will take ourselves off to India too and see what work develops from it. For those of you who came to the June Reading Club, this will be a nice way to build on the Jhumpa Lahiri story we all enjoyed.  All levels of writers welcome including beginners! Refreshments available. Email us to book your place.  




'A Picture Tells...'
Writing Workshops Inspired by Art
Sunday 28 May  //  10.30am-12.00pm
Martyrs' Gallery, Star Brewery, Lewes

We have teamed up with the Martyrs' Gallery in Lewes to offer a programme of monthly workshops in response to their changing exhibitions. Immerse yourself in the artwork and see what ideas it inspires in your work, weaving in the stories, people and places behind each show. For all levels of writers, new and established. The first one will be a week on Sunday - limited spaces available so email us to book as soon as you can. And if you're happy with your story, you can submit it to Martyrs' annual anthology of short fiction inspired by their exhibitions. 

The May Workshop: 
Lost & Found by Sarah Grace Harris

Sheffield artist Sarah Grace Harris takes found objects and curious ephemera to create cyanotypes using special paper, sunlight and Yorkshire tea. Harris' work is filled with stories and will be perfect for our first workshop. The items themselves are evocative springboards, rich in meaning. Where did they come from? Who did they belong to? Where were they found and why? The titles of each piece are also worth exploring, as Harris has taken a snippet of overheard women's conversation. The stories, objects and voices of women are integral to the show.

We'll also explore two interesting practices that inspired Sarah - the Gee's Bend women making patchwork quilts from leftover denim in Alabama in the 1920s, and the women specialising in the Japanese art of 'boro', patching garments to make them last through generations. 

The making process itself might inspire your writing. The cyanotype process is very traditional and relies on a collaboration with the sun. The 3D work is held in place using etymology pins usually used in insect or butterfly pinning. Why not go along to Sarah's art workshop the day before, 12-5pm at the gallery, to learn how she creates her work and to hear first-hand some of the stories behind it. Take your own personal item to turn into a cyanotype masterpiece!

'The Never-Ending Idea Machine' 

Creative Writing Masterclass with Adam Marek
Saturday 6 May
House of Friendship, Lewes (next to Flint Owl) 
£35.00 (£30.00 unwaged)

We are really excited to announce an intensive writing master class with award-winning short story writer Adam Marek. Adam is a superb facilitator, full of energy and ideas, and his highly original workshops are unlike any other class we have attended. 

Those of you who know how imaginative and experimental his stories are will recognise him as a master of thinking outside the box and coming up with storylines that always grab the reader's attention - so we have asked Adam to work with us on idea generation and plot development.

Where do ideas come from? How do we get more of them? And how do we know if our idea will work as a short story? The class will explore practical methods for generating ideas and developing them into short stories. 

This workshop is suitable for all writing levels. Beginners will come away with a notebook bursting with first ideas, while more experienced writers will benefit from Adam's injection of energy into our work, shaking up where we might go next with our writing. The perfect antidote to writers' block.

There are limited places available for the workshop and our previous two masterclasses have sold out very quickly, so do book your place as soon as you can to guarantee yourself a spot. Booking via Eventbrite costs you more money as they charge a booking fee, so we have decided to just give you the BACS details instead. Alternatively you can bring cash along to The Writing Space sessions on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Email us now to book your spot and find out payment details.

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Adam Marek is the award-winning author of two short story collections: The Stone Thrower and Instruction Manual for Swallowing. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4, and in many magazines and anthologies, including The Penguin Book of the British Short Story.

You can currently hear some of Adam's story on Radio 4 Extra here.

Visit Adam online at www.adammarek.co.uk