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09 – 25 Jul 2024

Nothing to Write Home About – Creative Writing Workshops

Tenement House

Nothing to Write Home About – Creative Writing Workshops

10:45am-1:00pm, 9th, 17th, 25th July 2024
Tenement House Museum, 145 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, G3 6QN

Nothing to Write Home About is a series of three writing workshops delving into themes of ‘Home’ and memory rooted in Glasgow locality. Hosted in the apt setting of Glasgow’s Tenement House Museum, these workshops offer a unique opportunity to interact with the museum’s collection and archive, retelling history through personal narratives and creative methods.

History and the present have shown us that ‘home’ can be precarious, threatened by conflict, natural disasters and displacement. As we navigate through these challenging times, where systems designed to support us are under immense strain and often fail to function adequately. Nothing to Write Home About offers a space to explore, express, and cope with these realities through the power of writing.

We aim to foster a community of diverse voices. These workshops are inclusive and welcome to all, but we encourage New Scots to take part. Your contributions throughout the workshop series will culminate in a final publication, featuring distinctive postcard designs.

Please be mindful that spaces are limited, therefore we kindly ask that you complete a 100-word motivation for why you would like to participate. For more information and to register your interest, visit our eventbrite page.

Don’t miss this chance to explore the concept of ‘home’ in a new light, connect with others, and support your creative development. Reserve your spot today and be part of a memorable literary project in the heart of Glasgow.

Schedule

Week 1: Olfactory Writing: Explore memories and narratives through the sense of smell, evoking the essence of home in a deeply personal way.

– Location: Tenement House Museum, 145 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, G3 6QN
– Date: Tuesday 9th July
– Time: 10:45am arrival for 11:00am start
– Duration: 2 hours

Week 2: Speculative Fiction: Read between the lines of the museum’s letter collection to imagine alternative realities and futures, crafting stories that reimagine what home could be.

– Location: Tenement House Museum, 145 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, G3 6QN
– Date: Wednesday 17th July
– Time: 10:45am arrival for 11:00am start
– Duration: 2 hours

Week 3: Personification of Domestic Objects: Give agency to the inanimate, creating wider narratives from the perspective of household items. Followed by a lunch social with catering from milk café.

– Location: Tenement House Museum, 145 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, G3 6QN
– Date: Thursday 25th July
– Time: 10:45am arrival for 11:00am start
– Duration: 2 hours, optional 1 hour for lunch

*Ideally participants would be able to attend all three consecutive workshops, however due to potential conflicts in schedule, the workshops have been designed to be delivered independently and participants can still contribute to publication without full attendance.

Accessibility

Nothing to Write Home About is designed for new writers, emphasising playful experimentation. Each workshop will guide participants through different facets of writing. Pen and paper will be provided however if you would prefer to write electronically, you are welcome to bring your own device.

For venue accessibility information please visit Planning your visit | National Trust for Scotland (nts.org.uk)

This project is supported by Thinking Culture, awarded to Sally Wills, MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)