We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an Arts Council England grant for our year-long project to enthuse and infuse Medway with words.
As part of Confluence: Plant; Grow; Nurture, we will be running a series of zine/pamphlet making workshops, creative writing workshops, open mics, and a Writer Development Programme. We will also be changing the format of Confluence, and making a new website.
Our year-long schedule of events and workshops is constantly evolving, so follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for updates.
Our next Medway creative writing library workshop is on Tue, 15 May 2018, 3.30-5.30pm at Chatham Library, then our final library event is at Gillingham Library on Sat, 1 Sep 2018, 1-3pm – this is the finale event with refreshments
We are also running a series of Writing for wellbeing workshops with IMHP – a local non-profit organisation supporting mental health and wellbeing in Medway. See more info on their website.
The sessions run for 2 hours on Mondays from 12.30-2.30pm, and the next dates are 19 March, 26 March and 9 April. The workshops are free and priority is given to people in the Luton and Chatham area, who feel their wellbeing could benefit from the course.
Our next series of zine-making workshops are at INTRA starting on on 17 March. The three workshops will guide you in making your own pamphlet or zine. The first workshop will introduce you to what a zine is, the second workshop will be guiding you in getting contents together for your own zine/pamphlet and concentrating on editing and layout. The final workshop will deal with printing it. (Dates: 17 March, 8 April, 12 May.)
Once you have attended these workshops you will be able to use the printing facilities to work on your own zines in our monthly drop-in open afternoon sessions which happen on the same day as the workshop.
Places are free but space is limited, so please email if you want to attend. One further series of zine-making workshops for people under 25 will be held in June/July/August, follow the Confluence page on Facebook for regular updates.
If you want to try performing your poetry and stories we will be running regular open micsthroughout the year, as part of our spoken word night, Roundabout Nights. See the Roundabout Nights page on Facebook for event details.
Our next big event will be on 2 May when we will be hosting a one-off Writer Development Programme Graduation Show at The Brook Theatre in Chatham – headlined by Henry Normal. Buy tickets here.
Writers’ Development Programme
There are six writers on our programme – throughout the year there will be chances to meet them and hear their work, as they will be helping out at Workshops and performing at our events.
The project is supported by Medway Council Arts Development Team and the Plant strand of writing workshops and open mics is in partnership with Medway Libraries.