Creative Writing Workshops

Exiled Writers Ink offers Workshops for a range of organisations and providers

  • Workshops for adults, young people or children with experienced creative writing facilitators accustomed to working with second language speakers and with non-refugee students.
  • Workshops, panels and performances on a range of themes, featuring charismatic, articulate exiled writers.

Jennifer Langer, the Exiled Writers Ink founding director, is available to give talks on aspects of exiled literature including contributing to conferences, festivals and panels. She is editor of four anthologies of exiled literature and holds a doctorate in Iranian literature of exile.

Workshop participants with facilitator and Valbona Ismaili Luta

Creative Writing Workshops for 2021

If you’re a refugee, immigrant or asylum-seeking writer and are interested in exploring your own poetry and prose Exiled Writers Ink offers the following classes.

The classes are free but you need to join Exiled Writers Ink: £15 for the year.
Apply to Jennifer
If there are problems paying, please discuss this in confidence.

Reading Like a Poet (A Weekly Cooperative Poetry Class)

Each week we read a poem from a notable poet around the world. We dig into the craft, ethos, theme, context and insight the poem offers. Each person in the class will be asked to share, taking turns in presenting one poet. Poets will be encouraged to write a weekly poem in response, and there will be a chance to share one new poem a month for group feedback.

Wednesdays 6.30 to 7.30 pm via Zoom
Tutor: Catherine Davidson

The Craft of Poetry (Monthly)

This is a class designed for a deeper dive into the craft of poetry. The class focuses on different aspects of poetic form and meaning. Poets will practise techniques to draw the reader into the space of the poem. Themes include: the art of the line, stanzas, voice, imagery, poetic forms and ‘how to title’ a poem. The focus on specific aspects of craft will lead to deeper engagement with your own poems, and poets are expected to actively engage in writing and revision.

First Saturday of the month 3.00 to 5.00 pm via Zoom
Tutor: Dr Denise Saul

Sharing Your Work (A Cooperative Support Group – Monthly)

This is a group designed to support writers who are ready to share their work with the outside world. Each month we will meet to share and set goals. We will offer each other insights into publishing opportunities, prizes, awards and other public forums. The goal is to take a professional approach to getting your voice out into the world, but to do that as part of a team. Our ethos is to cheer each other on, help each other out: comrades – not competitors – in the art of “shipping” your work.

First Monday of the Month, by Zoom 6 to 7 pm
Begins 1st March 2021
Facilitator: Catherine Davidson

Prose Writing (Monthly)

This is a group designed for writers who are currently working on a novel/novella, memoir or other long-form prose projects. Each month writers will be selected in advance to present an excerpt from their current project for a critique and constructive feedback on their work. Depending on the readings, we hope to be able to explore different aspects and techniques as they arise and to offer continued and more in-depth support throughout the evolution of longer-term writing projects.

Last Thursday every month, 6 to 8 pm
Begins 25th February 2021
Tutors: Elena Croitoru and Danielle Maisano