Plays by Deborah Freeman

I have completed `Remedies,` a play about M E.  Background research...

Writing Groups

I am setting up a new writing group in East Finchley, to be held in the atmospheric location of an East Finchley...

Novels by Deborah Freeman

 A few years back. I answered an ad on the Radio 3 website, from the conceptual art company, Blast Theory...

Poems by Deborah Freeman

These appeared in the journal Jewish Renaissance, 2008.  `Fish.` `Fasting.` `Open a Gate for Us. ` `After the...

My next writing group. Manchester March 6th. Womanswrite.

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Tuesday March 6th, I am invited to facilitate a writing group at Womanswrite - a branch of Commonword, in Manchester. This will be an exciting new challenge. A group of up to 20 women. Most of my previous groups have been smaller.  I have lots of ideas, and think I mgiht need them. In a small group it is easy to follow the leads and suggestions of individual members, and they often find this process very satisfying. With a larger group, it is well-nigh impossible to follow them all. To be fair -  listen to all, but follow none.

I`m planning some drama for the occasion. Looking at how a piece of writing resembles or doesn`t, the production of a play.

I love writing workshops and groups. After years of being in them, I started to run them. I have run workshops at Manchester Jewish Museum, Greater Manchester Police Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, The Mill, in Walton on Thames, Didsbury Language School - not to mention some years of groups run from home. 

When faced with a group in an anonymous space, I find that apart from the one or two folk whose heads are already full of images and ideas, others like the stimulus of objects, pictures, anecdotes, exercises. When running a group in a museum or gallery, I try to help members of the group set boundaries, and be selective in how they allow the setting to inform their writing.

I draw on my background in groupwork. People bring a lot of themselves into writing groups, and take risks. Confidentiality should be assumed at all times. 

 

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Hi DebbieWhere will your

Hi DebbieWhere will your writing groups take place?Sue

Hi DebbieI look forward to

Hi DebbieI look forward to your next writing group.Sue

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