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Introducing Writing Parents - a new creative writing group for parents

Did you used to write but now can't find the time? Do you find being a parent inspiring but are too tired to take time out to think and reflect on why and how? Would you like to pick up a pen again or perhaps for the first time? Join our relaxed writing group to encourage your creativity and learn new skills - and who knows, maybe pen your bestselling novel!
North London Mums has a really useful directory of local North London businesses and every week we will introduce you to one of the businesses who advertise with us. This week we want to tell you about Writing Parents, who run creative writing groups for parents and advertise in our Activities and Classes for Parents section.

Deborah from Writing Parents told us why she set up the group in the first place.
"Before my children came along I used to enjoy writing very much. When inspiration struck I would sit down and write and also attended some really great creative writing classes at City Lit and Birkbeck. Since becoming a mother I've found it hard to find time to write and also found that motherhood seems to have drained my creativity. With this in mind I spoke to Nicola Charalambou, the founder of Creative Writes and we came up with the idea of a writing course for parents that will allow us to explore the life-changing experience of parenting through our writing and also gently encourage our creative sides to re-emerge (if, like me you've found this an issue)."

We've now run three workshops and they've been really enjoyable. People who've come have found them a great place to reflect on parenthood whilst doing something creative and learning new skills. The groups are very unintimidating and suitable for anyone from the most experienced writers to those who haven't written before. 

Our course tutor is Nichola Charalambou, the founder of Creative Writes. Nichola uses a particular approach - where a series of timed free flow exercises are used and there is no feedback on the writing. This is to enable us to judge our own work and develop our writing style. No previous experience of writing or writing workshops is necessary.

One of the participants of the workshops said  it was a “Very emotional session. I’d recommend Nichola’s workshops to anyone who wants to write from the heart.”

The next course is on 3 July at 8pm in Muswell Hill at the beautiful North Bank House, and there are still a few places left. Places are limited however to keep the groups intimate and unintimidating so get in touch quickly if you want to take part.  
In September we will be starting classes in West Hampstead and Stoke Newington and in October we will have an online writing group. We hope to come to other parts of London soon too so join the mailing list if you are interested and can't get to the class in Muswell Hill.

To join the Writing Parents mailing list, please Subscribe to our newsletter and kickstart your creativity!
Follow us on twitter @writingparents and like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/writingparents. Visit our website www.writingparents.com for more details.

We hope to see you at a class soon. 

Madam Miaow 13 May 2014 at 18:59 said...

Dear North London Mums, I just found your website. I hope you don't mind my posting a comment to let you know that the best little indie writing course in North London, the Hothouse Project masterclasses from the renowned author and journalist Charles Shaar Murray, has another course starting Thursday 29th May at the Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead, 7-9pm. There's an early bird offer on until 20th May.
More here: http://charlesshaarmurray.com/hothouse/hothouse-course/

I'm also thinking that, if there were enough Mums who wanted it, we could do a daytime course where children would be welcome — the community room that we use is a creche for part of the week. Please let me know if this is something that you might like.

Thank you,

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