Monday, October 3, 2016
We are delighted to announce a new ebook from our award-winning poet, Jackie Wills. This time, Jackie has drawn on her decades of successful writing workshops to create the definitive handbook for writers and other artists who are, or are considering, leading workshops in all kinds of industries and environments.
Jackie Wills has run workshops for marketers, farmers, homeless men, young asylum seekers – people with power, people who are displaced and dispossessed.
Over more than 20 years, she has explored how writing can help people express themselves through workshops in settings as varied as a rural boathouse, youth bus, a secure unit, offices, youth hostel and medical school.
Wills has drawn on her experiences of learning on the job to bring together a collection of case studies, guidance on how to plan, manage workshop timing, the questions to ask before a workshop, keeping records and finding ideas.
The Handbook is aimed at writers who want to run workshops themselves, as well as arts administrators who employ writers.
Workshops Jackie ran for Eurotunnel helpline staff won the Arts & Business SE 2006 Award for Best Use of the Arts and a project for Unilever/Lever Faberge was shortlisted for the 2007 Arts and Business Employee Awards.
From giving teachers time out to develop their own creativity to helping medical students find new ways to empathise with patients, Wills has unrivalled experience in running workshops in the most diverse places.
“Haven’t felt this refreshed since I was just out of shorts – It was liberating to write again without a computer or agenda.” Feedback from a workshop in Business.
In The Workshop Handbook Wills explores different models of workshop, how to organize material for a day, a week or a residency lasting several months, and how a workshop facilitator can develop original creative exercises.