I am an experienced leader of workshops with adults and young people. I use supportive semi-structured exercises to get the best out of people’s creative and imaginative writing, in prose or poetry. I am happy to lead small or larger groups, and I particularly enjoy working with people who are less experienced and/or lack confidence, though working with experienced writers is a great pleasure too! Feedback on my workshops is usually very positive: ‘Organisation was excellent… A lovely, supportive and inspiring atmosphere right from the off - Lesley is a wonderful teacher, full of great ideas and insightful comments...’
I am available by arrangement for commissioned workshops, open or themed: please contact me by e-mail (via the link on my home page).
Details of public workshops are posted here.
Public workshops 2017
Two separate writing workshops - The Lie of the Land - on 11th and 24th February at Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH, to accompany the exhibition of Ray Atkins’ paintings, Ray Atkins: The Reading Years.
I’m also running various workshops commissioned by writers’ groups, on topics ranging from line and stanza breaks to writing ‘occasional’ poems - please contact me if you’d like a notion of what my workshops offer.
I also offer mentoring and editing services, by arrangement: please contact me if you’d like to discuss possibilities.
Public workshops 2016
Two separate writing workshops - art-inspired poetry - on 12th and 13th February at Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH, to accompany the exhibition of 20th century landscape paintings, ‘Sense of Place’.
Two separate writing workshops on 13th and 14th February 2015 at Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH, to accompany the exhibition of Allen W. Seaby’s wildlife paintings: Art and Nature
In 2014 all the workshops were private ones commissioned by poetry groups.
Spring 2013: four writing workshops (for young people and their families, and for adults) at the Oxford Museum of the History of Science to accompany the ‘Atmospheres’ exhibition:
6 July 2013: an art-inspired workshop - with the poet Frances-Anne King - at the Holburne Museum, Bath