Workshop leaders

We work closely with a team of experienced freelance tutors to deliver top quality creative writing workshops for schools and young people. Our chosen tutors have their own specialisms, whether that’s poetry, fiction writing or story-making, and each has had a range of experience working with different age groups. All tutors hold enhanced DBS checks, which are available upon request.

Lewis Buxton

Lewis is a poet, arts producer and educator. Coming from a family of teachers, his work is concerned with fathers and sons, gender roles, and how young men’s image of their bodies fit into the modern world. His work has been published in, amongst others, Magma, Ambit, Oxford Poetry and Ink, Sweat & Tears as well as winning third place in the Magma Poetry Competition 2018 and being shortlisted for the Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize 2017 and the York Literary Festival Prize. He read English at the University of East Anglia and now works extensively in education, teaching creative writing in schools, libraries and universities. He has worked with organizations like The Poetry Society, National Centre for Writing and Tate Britain. He is a First Story writer-in-residence and regularly gives readings around the country. Lewis currently lives in Norwich where he is studying for his Masters in creative writing. He is working on his first pamphlet of poems.

Anna Cathenka

Anna was the 2017/18 recipient of the Ink, Sweat and Tears scholarship for the MA Poetry at the University of East Anglia. Prior to moving to Norwich, she lived in Cornwall where she gained a first class BA in Creative Writing from Falmouth University. Anna has run creative workshops with people of all ages and worked for several years with severely disabled adults in assisted education settings. She is a keen advocate of arts education for personal and academic well-being. A former ‘Steiner’ school pupil, her tutoring method focuses on experimentation, play and self-expression. Anna is primarily a poet, her pamphlet Dead Man Walking is due for release this year with New Fire Tree Press, she has also been published in several anthologies and was recently shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize. Anna is also an avid performer of her work and enjoys writing for performance with a previous history of scriptwriting, both for commercial short films and a feature-length film which garnered official selection at the Edinburgh International and Arizona Underground film festivals. Anna enjoys being a creative writing tutor as she loves being able to help people express themselves creatively and find their voice.

Becky Demmen

Becky works in the creative and charity sectors in a variety of ways to help support the work they do. She offers affordable and accessible ways for organisations to communicate their values, expand their capacity and share their projects. Becky facilitates workshops, helps with administration and documents their work. She has been involved with Wild Ways, ImagiNation and Young Ambassadors and is an Arts Award adviser. Her other creative projects include; An arts advocacy website, a pop-up library and documenting projects that use creativity to solve problems. Her main passions and interests are centred on how exploring how the Arts and Creativity can be used to solve issues and help to make the world more accessible. “My approach to tutoring is simply to ensure that the session gives the participants a chance to connect with the subject matter in an exciting and creative way that engages them, teaches them whilst still being fun.” More information on her website: www.beckydemmen.co.uk

Shey Hargreaves

Shey Hargreaves is a storyteller and scriptwriter for stage, page and radio. She also delivers creative writing workshops in schools and frequently works with healthcare professionals on training and research projects. She is co-creator of the storytelling podcast Tales from the Pigshed with fellow writer Timothy Lawrence. Her current storytelling show, Sick, is supported by Arts Council England and Norwich Arts Centre and tours from autumn 2018. She collaborates on graphic novels with illustrator Charli Vince; their first joint project, Open Day, made the longlist for Myriad’s First Graphic Novel Competition in 2018. Shey has worked on numerous projects with the National Centre for Writing, including: Requiem, YNAF 2018, the Song Cycle Project, Fiercest Light in 2016, Head Out Not Home in 2015 and 2016, George Barrow education packs and the DEBUT project.