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Creative Writing Class

When: 1st Tuesday of the month
Time: 7-9pm (2 hours)
Cost: $25pp per session
  
Mockingbird Lounge’s creative writing workshop groups are a rare opportunity to experiment with different forms of writing and upgrade your writing skills in a small group environment. Expect to be inspired by new ideas, writing prompts, and like-minded people. Not to mention the locale.
Classes taught by Caroline Reid. Email: carolinereidwrites@gmail.com
An intimate writing group held once a month where you are guided through writing prompts and techniques. Explore different forms of creative writing including prose, poetry, and life writing. There are opportunities for constructive discussion but this is not a group where you bring along pre-written work for critiquing. The writing happens on the night. Casual and low pressure, you’ll be surprised and pleased at how much you can write in a few short hours in the structured, supportive environment of this group. Suitable for beginners, the time poor, or those who simply like to write and want to learn more about how it’s done. Each session includes a handout of writing exercises for you to take home.

A word from Caroline: Having taught and been an artist in the community for many years, I’m passionate about creating a safe, welcoming space in which people can write, discover new ideas and share their work. So the cosy rooms at Mockingbird are ideal. When the atmosphere is friendly and the groups small, it makes the process of writing so much more pleasurable, encouraging people to take creative risks. The discoveries writers make when engaged in intense creative work are not only about the writing process, but about themselves. For me, witnessing people make these discoveries is the most pleasurable element of teaching.

Caroline Reid has spent her adult years working in the arts, education and disability sectors. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and creative writing from Curtin University in Western Australia and wrote her first commissioned work for theatre twenty years ago. Her plays have been staged in international festivals in Ireland and Adelaide, broadcast on ABC Radio National and published (Prayer to an Iron God, Currency Press); her fiction and poetry is published in literary journals and has been shortlisted for awards, including the International Bath Flash Fiction Award. She has twice been a finalist in the SA Poetry Slam final and was writer in residence at the SA Writers Centre, during which time she drafted her first novel, No Place for Children.
Caroline is a writer, editor, dramaturg, support worker, teacher and passionate advocate for accessibility to the arts and writing for all members of the community. She has created work alongside people from diverse backgrounds; in rural and urban communities; with professional artists including those with disabilities; with young people and the not-so-young. Caroline lives in Adelaide, where she goes on enchanting walks with her family in the shade of a pink and green umbrella.You can read more about her at: carolinereidwrites.blogspot.com

Testimonials
"You have great insight and experience which you use to impart feedback in a constructive and honest way. I have learned an enormous amount in the few short weeks that we have had together; not only about the writing process, but about myself."

"I found the group relaxed, encouraging and yet still very productive. I will miss it!"

"I found the reader of short stories really helpful as examples to refer back to when reviewing all the different elements of what makes a good story."

"Excellent content and pace – great building up to a polished piece of writing by the end. Excellent facilitator. Very encouraging."