Wednesday 24 February

Quay Words has teamed up with Cornwall-based The Writers’ Block to explore how the historic Exeter Custom House can inspire and act as a catalyst for creative writing by young people and schools. We’re kicking this off with some free training workshops, offering CPD for teachers and writers. Participants will be given training in The Writers’ Block method of immersive creative writing workshops, aimed at unlocking children’s creativity and extending that into their writing. The Writers’ Block encourages a joy and playfulness with language, a passion for narrative and a curiosity to seek out stories.

The workshop will be delivered by Wyl Menmuir. He is a Booker longlisted novelist and inspiring teacher. His session will give participants the opportunity to explore the building, its history and how place can be used to encourage creative writing. A chance to delve into your own imagination as well as gathering lots of ideas to use back in the classroom or in your writing practice.

The workshop is aimed at KS2 teachers, who will have the opportunity if they wish to bring pupils on a workshop or visit in the future, although this is not compulsory.

It is also aimed at writers in and around Exeter who are interested in developing writing workshops for school children and, although attendance does not guarantee subsequent work, delivering future workshops at the Custom House.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will take place at Exeter Custom House. We will be following social distancing guidance during this workshop, including a two metre distancing rule, provision of hand sanitiser and a clearly marked one-way system. Exeter Custom House requires that face coverings are worn when inside the building. We are monitoring Government guidance closely. We are able to run the session online if the situation changes.

When booking, please provide your full name, phone number and email address.