We were very lucky to have had two third-year creative writing students from JMU join us recently to run a six week poetry writing workshop. The aim of their workshops was to empower people and give them a chance to say what they wanted through the creative process of writing.
Gregory Kearns and Natasha Tate ran weekly sessions built around a central theme on subjects such as birds, time, food and nature. The group were given the opportunity to share their experiences, reflections and thoughts on each theme before coming together to write a collective poem on the subject. The use of visual aids such as photographs and objects gave the group a starting point for discussion in a friendly and relaxed environment, allowing everyone to thoroughly enjoy the creative process, with quite a few going on to write their own poems.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Gregory and Natasha for giving up their time to inspire us with their knowledge & creativity, and to wish them all the very best for the future.
Finally, we'd like to share with you a poem written by Clare, one of the group members:
Joy and sorrow
Stuck in time, slipping away from gravity.
Being lost in the moment, not quite finding reality.
Time is never yours to keep, always there to borrow.
Time brings love, laughter and joy.
But for some it brings sorrow.
Love, laughter and joy...