Writing Through Movement (12 to 18-year-olds)
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 arts producer Sam Ruddock for an online workshop which will help you bring mind and body together!
Through writing and movement activities you will:
- Explore how breath, posture, and a wide range of movement, from gesture to dance, can shape your writing
- Use simple exercises (accessible to all) to unlock the subconscious and shape your characters
- Discover how to use your body to express yourself, and generate creatives ideas
So go on, turn off your webcam and get moving with us as we test out new dimensions for your writing!
This online workshop is suitable for 12 to 18-year-olds. 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.)
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.
This workshop is offered to celebrate the publication of Sally-Anne Lomas’s debut novel, Live Like Your Head’s on Fire, published by Gatehouse Press in February 2021.
Presented in partnership with Story Machine Productions, Gatehouse Press, and Arts Council England.
About the tutors
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.
Sam Ruddock is a publisher with Gatehouse Press, Director of Story Machine Productions, 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. Tweets @samruddock
Story Machine Productions brings stories and books alive in unexpected, joyous, and engaging ways. 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 / Twitter @story_machines