Talks and writing workshops for groups
Designing the best session for your school, university or business
I have delivered talks and creative writing workshops in French and/or English for a wide range of institutions including schools, universities, libraries, and cultural centres.
There are so many skills writing can help you develop. You may think of creative skills, of course, but there are so many other strengths you could gain from attending a workshop. For instance, I have delivered sessions designed to enhance:
- confidence, in particular for women writers who are still under-represented in the literary world
- teamwork: we often consider writing a very lonely activity. It can be if you wish, but it can also represent a new way of embracing collaboration and interaction
- language skills, so that people learning French find a totally new (and fun!) way of expanding their vocabulary and experimenting with sentence structure
- employability: focusing on career narratives, I have shown students how writing can help them identify, and then get, the job they want
- well-being: when thoughts are overwhelming, writing can help you focus and feel empowered. As someone living with depression and OCD, I have led several sessions on creative writing and mental health.
My rates are as follows:
£200 for a single session (up to 90 minutes)
£350 for a half day (up to 4 hours)
£550 for a full day (up to 8 hours)
Travel and accommodation (if necessary) will also need to be covered.
I can deliver these sessions via videoconferencing. I have experience using Skype, Messenger, Zoom.
Ideally, a group session works best with up to 15 participants, but I am more than happy to adapt to any group size. It only means that the sharing and discussion time for each participant will be shorter, so just let me know how many people will be involved and I will design the session accordingly.
Lou’s workshop was excellent in many ways. It was truly interactive, very imaginative, hugely stimulating, and immensely fun.
She pitched her suggestions and exercises at just the right level for our fairly new and diverse writing group. She gave good advice about improving style and content at a general level but also at an individual one. The feedback on work submitted to her was both sensitive and encouraging. We all came away feeling stimulated to write more and write better!
Our workshop with Lou was a life enhancing experience, both from the perspective of writing and from the philosophical standpoint.