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Portsmouth Writers' Hub presents 100 Fresh Ideas

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All About Tea

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Join our January Hub writing workshop jam-packed with writing prompts to help you create mammoth amounts of fresh ideas. Start your new year by generating new story ideas, scenes and paragraphs that can be used for your work in progress. A perfect way to get back into writing after the Christmas break.

This workshop starts at 6.30pm. Open to all genres and stages of writing from established writers to beginners you will be sitting in groups with other writers. Join us in the charming tea-scattered décor of All About Tea from 6pm. There will be time before the workshop to mingle with the writers and catch up over one of All About Tea's famous Royal Navy Teas, Oolongs and classic Earl Greys. All About Tea will also be selling a selection of cakes and slices on the night for the peckish.

100 writing prompts will be steadily rotating around the space, including, artwork, scents, words, objects, living things, books and more. You are welcome to use as many as you like in this fun and relaxed writing workshop. Bring a notebook and pencil, typewriter or laptop. We aim to send you home with a notepad bursting with fresh ideas to help you with your writing plan for 2018.

‘Sylvia Plath (…) never scrapped any of her poetic efforts. Her attitude to her verse was artisan-like: if she couldn’t get a table out of the material, she was quite happy to get a chair, or even a toy.’ Ted Hughes.

Note: This workshop will be particularly useful for any writers keen to take part in the Spontaneous Writing Booth at this year’s BookFest Book Fair. It will help to develop speed writing techniques and confidence with writing spontaneously. More details of how to get involved with the booth below.

Please feel free to join any of the tables on arrival, if you arrive late don't worry. The writing prompts will keep rotating so just jump in to a seat and join in. The writing prompts will be moved across the room so you can sit down, relax and write!

More about our beautiful venue All About Tea: allabouttea.co.uk

More about the Spontaneous Writing Booth & how to take part:

In 2018 as part of BookFest, the Portsmouth Writes’ Hub will be setting up a Spontaneous Writing Booth at the Portsmouth Book Fair in Southsea Library. This will be on Friday 2rd March 11am-3pm. You are very welcome to be one of the booth writers at any point throughout the day, perhaps for ten minutes or an hour? Download your free ticket here if you'd like to be a writer at the booth, so we know that you're joing us and can include you in the event blurb and so you have all the info at hand: https://writingbooth.eventbrite.com

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Portsmouth Writers' Hub presents The Spontaneous Writing Booth
Come and meet Portsmouth writers in the spontaneous writing booth. Give the writers a topic, any topic, from your new shoes to 'winter', 'Portsmouth', 'the beach' or the name of a loved one. They will spontaneously write you a poem, short story or piece of flash fiction to take home, for the price of £1. No booking necessary, just turn up!

Some theory on the concept behind the booth:

'Do not feel left out when your school, church (...) rummage sale. Don't think you have nothing to contribute. Simply set up a spontaneous writing booth. All you need is a pile of blank paper, some fast-writing pens, a table, a chair, and a sign saying 'Poems on demand' or Poems in the moment' or 'You name the subject, I'll write on it'. I (...) timidly began charging fifty cents a poem, but by the next year it was up to a dollar. There was a waiting line throughout the day. I let my customers give me any topic. Some were 'the sky', 'emptiness', 'Minnesota' and of course 'love'. Kids wanted poems on purple, their shoes, bellies. My rule was that I filled one side of a piece of standard sized paper, did not cross out, nor did I stop to reread it. I also didn't worry about putting what I said in poetic stanzas. I filled a page like I did in my notebook. It was another form of writing practice. In Japan there are stories of great Zen poets writing a superb haiku and then putting it in a bottle in a river or nearby stream and letting it go. For anyone who is a writer, this is a profound example of nonattachment. The spontaneous poetry booth is the twentieth century equivalent. It is practice in unselfconsciousness. Write, don't reread it, let it go into the world.' 'Writing Down the Bones' by Natalie Goldberg

Please note: this is the January Hub. The next one after this one will not be on the last Thursday in February but a week after, on the 1st of March due to a clash in BookFest programming. It will be The Portsmouth Food Writing Supper Club, visit: foodportsmouth.eventbrite.com for more details.

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