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Jan Woolf

Jumpstart Your Writing

April 7-11, 2010 (Wed-Sun) - completed

When the millipede was asked how he walked on all those legs, he hunkered down to think about it. Then found he couldn’t walk at all. Writing can be like that. The capacity for creative expression is in all of us, as long as we don’t talk ourselves out of it, or get bogged down with craft too early in the process.

During this five-day course we will remove the landmines that dot the blank page. Using our senses, our memories and things we collect while strolling through the countryside, we will naturally kick start our creativity and produce short pieces of writing that will inspire us to keep going. We'll have a great deal of fun and also reap the rewards of turning our insights into words.

The thought of ... working organically and intuitively with a group of people who have chosen to do this [write] and chosen to jumpstart their writing is ... is quite delicious.

Jan Woolf on her upcoming course - Literary Conversations 

Designed for both the beginner and the more seasoned writer, there is no need to bring work in progress, or to even have written before. Genre is also unimportant. These exercises work for fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama and everything in-between.



Jan Woolf is the Harold Pinter writer-in-residence at the Hackney Empire, where her play Porn Crackers (about her past job as a film censor) was produced last year. She is a regular reader of her short story fiction on Radio Resonance and has also read at the ICA and Café Yumchaa. Her short story collection Fugues on a Funny Bone, in collaboration with sculptor Richard Niman, is forthcoming from Muswell Press. 

Jan Woolf has a sexy, vigorous imagination, and the art to realise all her good ideas. I love her writing.

- Edmund White 

Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines including Libbon, and her short story “Moving On” was short-listed for the Asham Award. Jan is also working on a novel about a painter.

She leads the ‘Writing the Visual’ workshops at the Hackney empire, for writers whose fiction engages with the visual arts and hosted a series of literary readings and discussions at the empire called ‘Illuminations’ which examined difficult subject matter through literature.

She produced Hackney Empires short play festival in 2002 and produced Richard Bradbury’s Become a Man, for the GLA and Hackney Empire in 2007. Jan also writes reviews and other nonfiction pieces for various outlets, including The Guardian.


Suggested Reading
Preoccupations: Selected Prose
(1968-1978) by Seamus Heaney
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About This Life
by Barry Lopez
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by Kathleen Jamie
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Writing Down the Bones
by Natalie Goldberg
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