I’m involved in two writing workshops in the next week. This coming Saturday 3rd December I’m helping out at Jennifer C Wilson’s afternoon workshop in Whitley Bay library. It’s called Ekphrasis: Finding Words in Pictures. The Greeks used ekphrasis to describe writing about art. The aim was to make the reader imagine the work of art as if it were physically present.

adieu-ammenotep-1960 Jennifer has taken the word as a springboard for Saturday’s workshop. Come and find inspiration from paintings, sculpture and other artworks. Jennifer will guide you through a number of exercises and there’ll be chances for feedback throughout the afternoon.

Ekphrasis workshop: Finding Words in Pictures. Saturday 3rd December Whitley Bay library 1.30pm to 4pm Cost: £20. Book your place online

elizabthI’m running my final creative writing workshop of the year next Tuesday 6th December in Happy Planet’s shop on Ilfracombe Gardens in Whitley Bay.  It’s called Words of Comfort (Food.) Do you have a treasured family recipe book or do you keep favourite recipes in your head? Isn’t it time to record them for posterity? Join me next Tuesday as I share the recipe for successful food writing and help you to start compiling your very own recipe book. All attendees to bring along at least three favourite recipes.

Words of Comfort (Food) Tues 6th December, 7pm – 9pm at the Happy Planet Studio & Gallery, Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay, complete with tuition and seasonal refreshments for £20. Booking is essential, so please secure your place with a deposit of £10 by clicking here.