Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rainy City Stories Workshops

Our friends at Rainy City Stories and Commonword have put together a series of writing workshops run by Suzanne Batty. Here's the lowdown:

How do the best writers successfully evoke the unique feeling of a place? How can descriptions and telling details be used to transport the reader to a particular setting? Writer Suzanne Batty will help writers explore new tactics and techniques in a two-hour workshop on writing about place.

Suzanne Batty has published two collections of poems, most recently The Barking Thing (Bloodaxe Books). She is an experienced workshop leader who teaches Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and is co-editor of poetry journal Rain Dog.

The workshop is part of the Rainy City Stories Project (, which publishes stories and poems linked to locations in Greater Manchester on an interactive map of the city. Rainy City Stories launched during the 2008 Manchester Literature Festival and continues to inspire new and exciting writing about our city.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of writer. Places are free, but limited to 12 people per session, so early booking is advised. It will be held in four locations across Greater Manchester:

Stockport Art Gallery Saturday June 13, 2-4 pm
To book a place, please ring 0161 474 4453

Bury Fusiliers’ Museum Wednesday June 24, 7-9 pm
To book a place, please ring 01706 823264

Hyde Library, Tameside Thursday June 25, 1-3 pm
To book a place, please ring 0161 342 4450

Standish Library, Wigan Saturday June 27, 10am-12pm
To book a place, please ring 01257 400496

The workshops are supported by AGMA and Arts Council England.