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1-Day Short Course: Writing Motherhood Part II

May 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Saturday 12 May, 10am – 4pm.

Writing West Midlands, Custard Factory, Birmingham

£45 (£40 concs)


With Helen Calcutt.

In this follow-up course to the 1-day Writing Motherhood course (February 2018),  we will explore what it means to be ‘a mother’, versus what it means to be ‘a parent’.

Writers will work through guided visualisation exercises, alongside raw, workshop-generated material to explore their own interpretations of the similarities and differences between these two roles.

We’ll let the writing guide us, allowing the free-flow of poetic articulation and imagery lead us into new personal territory.

Another central theme to this workshop will be that of loss – whether this be life, time, moments we’ve shared, or a sense of self.

Those who previously attended the first Writing Motherhood course are invited to share and present their work, as well as receive feedback and re-asses any unfinished pieces.

This course is also open to newcomers, with no previous writing experience required.



Helen Calcutt was born in the Black Country (1988) and now lives in Birmingham. Her work appears in over forty journals, including Poetry Scotland, Evoi, The London Magazine, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her pamphlet collection ‘Sudden rainfall’ was shortlisted for the PBS Pamphlet Choice Award, and in 2016 became a Waterstones best-selling collection. She has taken on writing residences with The National Trust, and Loughborough University, where she is also a visiting lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing. Helen works as a mentor and writing tutor for the likes of Andrew Motion’s Poetry By Heart, N.A.W.E, Poetry International, Writing West Midlands, and The Poetry Society. Her first full-length book of poems ‘Unable Mother‘, described as both a ‘violent and tender grapple’ with our ‘cosy notions of motherhood’ will be published by V Press in 2018. Helen is a dance artist and choreographer, as well as a poet.

Course date:

Saturday 12 May, 10am-4pm with a break for lunch.



Please note:

You must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.


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