Writing Through Movement
Writing and movement can seem like polar opposites: one begins with language and the head, the other direct from the body. Join YA author Sally-Anne Lomas and multi-disciplinary arts producer Sam Ruddock for an online workshop which will help you bring mind and body together.
Through writing activities and simple exercises (accessible to all) will explore how breath, posture, and a wide range of movement, from gesture to dance, can generate creative ideas and take your writing in new and exciting directions. You will access the subconscious, explore new pathways to characterisation, and bring awareness to the physicality of writing itself.
By the end of this session you will have:
- Developed tools for creating, understanding, and developing characters, based on simple movement activities
- Explored the physicality of writing, and used automatic writing and improvisation to break away from cliché and habit, and develop new approaches to descriptive writing
- Had fun and tried new things in a friendly and supportive environment
We encourage you to prepare for the workshop by gathering paper of different sizes and a range of pens (biro, ballpoint, felt tip, pencil, marker pen, etc.)
So go on, turn off your webcam and get moving with us as we test out new dimensions for your writing!
This workshop is designed for writers aged 18+.
This workshop is open to anyone who can move any part of their body. You do not need to be physically fit or able-bodied to participate. All exercises will be possible to do while sitting down.
You do not need significant space in which to do this workshop. The space to turn around (in chair or standing up) is useful but not imperative.
You do not need previous experience of movement, dance, or writing, in order to participate in this workshop.
One bursary place is available for this workshop. Click here to apply >>
Presented in partnership with Story Machine Productions and Arts Council England.
About the workshop leaders
Sally-Anne Lomas lives and writes in Norfolk. Live Like Your Head’s On Fire is her debut YA novel published in February 2021 by Gatehouse Press. She has been a runner up in the Bridport short story completion, won the Richmond short story completion and written for The Guardian, The New Statesman, and Broadcast Magazine. She works as a television producer director making documentaries for BBC, ITV, C4 and Animal Planet. She wrote, produced, and directed The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich a 60 min Documentary for BBC 4 which was winner of the Royal Television Society East Best Factual Programme Award 2017. She is Creative Director of Cloth of Kindness – a textile art health and well-being charitable organisation working in hospitals, with mental health institutions, cancer centres, and with domestic abuse refuge centres. Website
Sam Ruddock is a Director of Story Machine, Programme Producer at National Centre for Writing, and a freelance editor, coach, and fundraiser. He started his career as a bookseller, is a Clore Leadership Fellow, and can usually be found trying to work while a dog sprawls sleepily across his lap.
Story Machine brings books to life. We publish great new writing. We create exciting live experiences. And we support emerging writers. We enable audiences to dive headfirst into other lives, other experiences, and find the heartbeats between the lines. We work with dancers, actors, musicians, artists, filmmakers, technologists and writers to create unique experiences. Our work has been presented in chip shops and prisons, world-renowned venues and festivals, front rooms and factories. Website