Events, Workshops & Projects

Upcoming Public Readings and Workshops…

I have given readings and delivered workshops at several different venues/events including National Museum Cardiff, the Cardiff Book Festival, the British School in Rome, and Neath Art and Literature Festival. Please get in touch if you’d like to book me for an event by emailing rachel@createdtoread.com.

Workshops

I can offer workshops on a range of topics and am equally happy to develop bespoke writing workshops, so please do contact me if you have any suggestions or to negotiate a fee (my email is rachel@createdtoread.com).

poetic inquiry workshop at creative research symposium

Topics I’ve focused on in past workshops include: responding to visual art, using imagery and metaphor, character and point of view, short stories, flash fiction, editing and revision, erasure poetry, the poetry of Edward Thomas, poetic forms, life-writing and blogging. I’ve also taught workshops on Poetic Inquiry as a method of research for PhD students, and neurodiversity awareness workshops for those teaching in HE.

I have several years’ experience of planning and delivering learning activities for adults, and for children of all ages, including special interest or community groups. I have previously developed workshops on a wide range of topics, including creative writing, storytelling, local history and literacy.

From 2017 to 2020 I delivered a monthly community writing workshop (From Paint to Page: An Ekphrastic Writing Group) at The Gate Arts Centre. Since 2020 I have been teaching creative writing at university level, to undergraduate students, MA students and fellow PhD students. I am now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I completed an MA in Creative Writing in 2019 (at Manchester Met) which included an elective module on teaching creative writing. I studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where I gained a First-class honours degree in 2006. I have also completed a short, accredited course in teaching adults (Preparing to Teach in Post Compulsory Education and Training), and I am now studying for a PhD in Creative Writing.

Edward Thomas workshop

Current / Ongoing Projects

  • Explore Collective – 2022-2024 Working with ACE (Action in Caerau & Ely), Disability Arts Cymru, Valleys Kids, and artists Becci Booker, Nic Parsons and Suzie Larke to deliver community writing workshops. Funded by Arts Council Wales.

Recent Workshops

Testimonials from the ‘My Creative Time’ project, where I ran an introductory poetry workshop for members of a local drawing group:

“Rachel introduced us to a style of poetry that was completely new to me in a very clear and interactive way. Examples of other poets’ work were shown to help us understand the concepts she was talking about.”

“I have never given poetry much thought in the past so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I found the session so interesting and was quite surprised as to what appeared on the page after writing continuously for a few minutes without stopping to work out what to say next. Thanks for an enjoyable new experience.”

“It was interesting to interpret how I felt about this painting, and its place in my life experience, into written words. Rachel was so helpful in guiding me to hone it down to its final version. I enjoyed the process enormously.”

Testimonials from members of the monthly writing group:

I like the structure of the session… We get a lot in but it doesn’t seem like a rush. I like reading the poems and discussing them – gradually seeing more in both the poem and the picture. I have enjoyed discovering new poets, or ones I have vaguely heard of but not read much of, and I follow them up after the session”

“The atmosphere is welcoming and the format, of discussing a poem/related imagery at the start before seeking inspiration from the walls of The Gate gently shifts the mindset to being ready to be inspired. By the time we are writing to whatever art has caught our eye, the exchanges about the sample pieces has opened the mental flow to receive ideas. And the extent to which the individual writers ‘lose themselves’ in the picture they are inspired by, or express their customary personal inclinations/style through the filter of the chosen prompt image is always intriguing. I have my own ‘drive’ as a writer but attend workshops to see what comes of it. And what comes is writing that would not/could not exist without the spark the sessions provide.”

“I’m always impressed with the research done before the session- I learn about poets and artists as well as improve my writing.”

Testimonials from attendees of a recent workshop ‘Creative Writing: Inspiration from Art’:

“I enjoyed the use of art to act as a stimulus to writing, and the use of questions to springboard work as it took me in unexpected directions. Really enjoyed it, thank you!”

“Really good session, great to learn new techniques I can use personally and professionally. The questions method in a limited time got me thinking very differently.”

Testimonials from attendees of ‘An Introduction to Blogging’:

“Rachel was super lovely and engaging, the session felt friendly whilst still being very informative”

“All of it was very useful, especially the examples shown.”

“I have learned a lot about the technical aspects of setting up a blog, but also about the importance of tailoring (writing) style to your audiences etc. – I was a complete novice before!”

“I hadn’t really thought about the more practical benefits of a blog… so it was very encouraging to learn about how blogging can help to foster connections and open up new opportunities! I found the practical tips on how to start a blog… very helpful as well.”

ekphrastic creative writing workshop