I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published June 18th 2013
Get some support for your creative endeavors
If you're looking for a new and interesting way to spend your free time and you harbour anything approaching literary ambition, why not check out the Creative Writes website? Based in and around Muswell Hill, Creative Writes is an organisation designed to help writers develop their skills, regardless of their current experience or abilities.
Maybe you're the next JK Rowling, or perhaps you have a screenplay that you are determined to see turned into a hit a film. Maybe Creative Writes can help.
The project was founded by Nichola Charalambou, who limits the size of her classes to ten to ensure that each person gets a tailor made service and plenty of attention. In 2013 they are holding workshops in Crouch End, East Finchley, and Hackney, so are perfect for budding authors in the artistic hubs in east and north London.
They hold one to one masterclasses for adults and children as well as offering themed workshops each month and online Skype workshops, so there really is no excuse not to get involved. I am forever bumping into writers in London (maybe I should watch where I am going), but very few of them seem to be actively involved in the practice of writing.
Ever notice how so many people are writing a book, yet so few have written a book?
Now is the chance to rectify that. If you are a nervous newbie you can relax - they have a policy of not giving strict feedback, but instead focusing on developing your skills and confidence.
Workshops are generally themed. You could expect to be in a group who are using colour as a writing tool, focusing on character development, autobiography or on the skills needed to be a successful blogger.
So try something different in your spare time and think about joining a Creative Writes session.