Workshop 4: Finding Inspiration with Kim Lasky

Saturday 31 August

Venue: The White Rock Hotel (Notley Room)

14.00 to 16.30

Tickets: £14.00 adults, £11.00 students

Led by Kim Lasky

Original ideas, atmospheric settings, intriguing but convincing characters: some of the hallmarks of great writing. But where do they come from?

If you’re stuck for fresh ideas, look to the lives of others!

We’ll explore a range of creative sources of inspiration, from scientific discoveries to famous letters, modernist portraits to wartime diaries, to keep your writing lively and vivid. The aim is to leave you bursting with ideas for using museums, archives, galleries, and heritage buildings as resources for your writing. Through writing exercises and group discussion we’ll explore how objects, letters, photographs and historical documents can create vibrant fiction and poetry. There’ll be time to write, share experiences, and have fun exploring an inspiring pop-up museum. Bring only yourself, pen and paper!

You may also be interested in: Kei Miller, Owen Lowery, The Kotan Chronicles.

Kim Lasky

Kim Lasky’s work has been inspired by things as diverse as Newton’s experiments and the letters of Ada Lovelace. Her collection Petrol, Cyan, Electric, which features poems inspired by the Science Museum and the Herschel Museum in Bath, won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. Eclipse, written during a spell as Writer in Residence in the Astronomy Department at Sussex University, was published by Templar. As well as many years teaching at Sussex University and on Brighton’s Creative Writing Programme, Kim acts as a writing mentor.

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