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Let’s Write About the Menopause – online workshops

Join us for a series of creative writing workshops where you will use oral histories to inspire your own writing around middle life and menopause.

Fri, 30 Oct 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
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Join us for a series of three virtual creative writing workshops where you will use oral histories to inspire your own writing around middle life and menopause.

These fun and thoughtful workshops will be led by a professional writer, Leanne Moden, and will encourage experimentation and playfulness in whatever form you wish. The work will also be collated into an anthology celebrating the project.

The sessions will be supported by writer Anna Cotton.

Dates:

Friday 30 October: Let’s Write About the Menopause Workshop 1

Friday 6 November: Let’s Write About the Menopause Workshop 2

Friday 13 November: Let’s Write About the Menopause Workshop 3

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Cost: Free
Workshops to take place via Zoom. Writers should attend all three workshops

Due to funding stipulations these free workshops are primarily for women in the Leicester and Leicestershire areas.

No experience necessary.

About the Writers

Leanne Moden is a poet and workshop leader from Nottingham. She’s performed at events across the UK and Europe, including recent sets at WOMAD, Sofar Sounds, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight, as well as shows in Estonia and Spain. She performed at the TEDx WOMEN at UCL in 2016, and was a semi-finalist at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam in 2019. Leanne loves facilitating workshops and strongly believes that creative writing can promote social cohesion, improve health outcomes and foster self-confidence. www.leannemoden.com

Anna Cotton is a freelance writer and editor from Nottingham. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is a founding member of two novel writing workshops. Her story Dreadless won Black Static magazine’s international flash fiction competition The Campaign for Real Fear and her short stories are published in the anthologies Blank Tapes: Weird and Dangerous Tales and For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn. Her passions for community arts and oral history has led her to work on Heritage Lottery projects including Stories of The Croft and Sneinton Market Stories, recording memories and collaboratively editing them for publication.

These workshops are being delivered as part of The Silent Archive: Oral Histories of Menopause, a project led by the East Midlands Oral History Archive at the University of Leicester in partnership with Writing East Midlands, to create a new collection of oral histories around the theme of menopause. The project is funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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