Mummy Writes - 6-week baby-friendly writing course: Learn to write a short story

Get writing. Make friends. Bring the Baby

Monday    09:30–11:30

This activity is usually led by Nici West

Upper Norwood Library  miles

39-41 Westow Hill
Upper Norwood
London , London
SE19 1TJ
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0 months - 5 years
Fixed course dates

Bring Your Baby

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A chance for new parents to get creative, meet other parents and begin to write a short story, all while snuggling with their baby.

Explore the basics of writing fiction - from descriptions to building characters - and start writing a short story of your own. It’s designed for tired brains and multi-tasking mums/dads, so come as you are and embrace the chaos. Feel free to change nappies/feed your baby/yawn constantly as you write and create what you can. Bring your notepad, type on your phone or just talk out loud if your hands are occupied.

This series of six workshops explore the basics of writing fiction: looking at writing descriptions, building character, using weather and mood, structure, point of view and more. We work in small groups and as a whole to discuss aspects of writing, read examples of great fiction, and participate in a series of short writing exercises with prompts designed to get you putting pen to paper and creating the first draft of a short story. Each week we'll work on a draft of your short story so that by the end of the course you have a complete draft!

Example activities: create your own soundscape, build a believable character and expand a scene to explore narrative style and description. We’ll explore works from talented writers such as Jon McGregor and Carmen Maria Machado and more!

We welcome mums and dads fresh on parental leave and mums and dads in all sense of the word including carers. Suitable for first-time writers or those looking to refresh their writing skills after a break.

Covid-19 Policy:
- The Burgundy Room is a well-ventilated, spacious room to allow for social distancing.
- Participant numbers are limited
- Pre-booked attendees only, no drop-ins
- Please wear a mask at all time (adults only) and use wash your hands upon entry
- Room and equipment is cleaned thoroughly
- A further Covid-19 safety risk assessment will be conducted by Upper Norwood Library


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Siblings & Discounts

  • Single Session
  • £15.00
  • Term Ticket (face-to-face workshops)
  • £15.00(per class)

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