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The Scriptorium: Monsters - Workshop
The Scriptorium: Monsters - Workshop

Wed, 18 Sept


Online and Delayed Viewing

The Scriptorium: Monsters - Workshop

Creative-writing workshop exploring the ancient myths of Medusa, the Banshees, and the Kraken

Time & Location

18 Sept 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Online and Delayed Viewing

About The Event

Following on from a successful series of fairytale inspired creative writing classes, author, poet, folklorist, and spoken word storyteller Bernadette Russell invites you to use the power of your words to bring your very own monster to life! In this creative writing class, we will be exploring the idea of the monster from the ancient myths of Medusa, the Banshees, and the Kraken, to the enduring monster myths including vampires, zombies, and werewolves. We may ponder mythical murderers, serial killers, and hitmen. We will also consider “monstering” as a form of “othering” and imagine the world from the monster’s point of view. It is said that every age gets the monster they deserve- so what do our current monsters say about us? 

These classes honour both the oral and literary traditions of storytelling, so the class includes listening to a retelling of an ancient monster myth, after which participants will be invited to both tell and write their own pieces, with lots of prompts, free writing, and timed exercises.

This workshop is for anyone interested in magical writing and the power of words, spoken, and written, and is open to both seasoned writers and those with little or no writing experience. There will be no sharing of the work, so attendees are free to explore and experiment with their ideas safely.

Bernadette Russell is co-director of arts organisation White Rabbit. A published author, playwright, theatre maker and spoken word storyteller, she hosted the award-winning storytelling salon 'Are You Sitting Comfortably?' for ten years at Arts Admin in East London. She is currently storytelling at Butser Ancient Farm.

She has previously told stories at many venues including the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, and the Royal Albert Hall. She is an alumnus of the School of Myth and studies folklore at the Woodland Bard School and with Dr Sharon Blackie. She has taught creative writing and storytelling for over twenty years.

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