Creative Connections is a series of free creative workshops for adults over the age of 60 in the Western Isles who feel isolated as a result of their circumstances – be it geographical remoteness, disability or any other disadvantage. If this applies to you, you can book any of our Creative Connections workshops. You can make a booking for a friend or family member if they are eligible and would like to take part.
‘A New Page – Finding the Writer Within’ with Peter Urpeth
** This course is now fully booked. Look out for the next writing course beginning in March 2023 **
These workshops will enable participants to develop a writing practice of their own. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or a more experienced writer, the sessions will work from a series of basic rules and approaches to writing that will assist you to find your own practice and to embed writing into your daily life, and begin to establish your own voice as a writer.
These sessions will help you to overcome the obstacles you may feel, or have experienced, when wanting to write or to start writing, and to defeat the ever-present inner editor who might be constantly telling you have nothing to say, you can’t, you mustn’t or you haven’t got time to write.
The aim is simple – at the end of the 6 weeks, you will have filled a good part of a notebook with your own writing. Most of our time in each session will be spent writing, and writing by hand not on screen.
There is no requirement to read your work out loud, to critique other people’s work or to share anything other than an openness to the possibilities of our shared creative time. You or your work will not be judged and you don’t need any ambitions to be a novelist or a published writer. All you need is a desire for the benefits that creative writing can bring to your life.
We will use prompts and simple writing exercises to overcome the fears and pressures of the blank page and to structure and use writing time productively, and to get writing as a habit.
The sessions will be delivered via Zoom and a link will be emailed to you. All you need is a device with an internet connection and a quiet space. You will receive a notebook and pen in advance of the first session. Please ensure that your address is correct on your An Lanntair account when booking.
Peter Urpeth is a writer, journalist, editor, writing and creativity mentor, pianist, composer and creative business consultant.
Peter has an MA in Multi-media Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, and 35 years of experience in journalism. He is a published novelist and poet, and has been the editor of four local newspapers in Scotland after being a magazine section editor at Time Out, London during its heyday years as a magazine.
He has published one novel, two collections of poetry and his work has been widely anthologised. His documentary film – Manna – Jazz and Survival in East Harlem – opened at the African World Film Festival, Detroit in 2019. In a long creative career Peter has also been a TV and radio presenter.
In lives and works from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Creative Connections aims to: Reduce loneliness in social isolated older adults in the Western Isles through regular creative and social online arts opportunities; Improve mental health and wellbeing for isolated older adults through positive creative experiences and conversation in the language of their choice; Increase the number of opportunities for people to be creative and to develop visual arts skills.