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ArtfulScribe Newsletter - March 2023

15 March 2023

News and Opportunities for Writers and Writing

Writing for Music: Libretto Writing Workshop
with Glyn Maxwell

Sunday 2nd April | 11:00 - 13:00 | Online 

Join OperaUpClose and ArtfulScribe for an online workshop unlocking and exploring the skill of writing for music. Led by award-winning poet, novelist and librettist Glyn Maxwell.

When I started writing libretti I had no idea how to go about it, but I got some expert tips from singers, directors, musicians, and learned more as I went along. In some ways libretti is like poetry, but in important ways it's different. There are ways of storytelling in musicals and operas - arias, choruses, duets and so on - that are very useful and fun to think about. In this workshop we'll hear some examples, we'll do some games and exercises and by the end you'll have sketched out an opera drawn from your own life...

Capacity for the workshop is capped at 15 participants. Please note that this workshop will be recorded for use by both ArtfulScribe and OperaUpClose.

Book your place here.


Tuesdays, 25th April to 6th June | 7-9PM | Online

Narratives by men about men for everyone - a creative writing workshop series with Brad Gyori.

ArtfulScribe are pleased to announce the return of the men's writing group, 'comMent'.

This creative writing workshop series encourages men to consider and write about the challenges and opportunities of contemporary masculinity.

Join us online for 6 two-hour sessions + a final two-hour sharing. We will gather each week to discuss key texts and offer feedback on original works of creative writing. This will be a supportive space fostering a sense of collaboration and community.

Participants will shape the conversation as we work together to consider how masculinity is changing, how it should continue to evolve, and how we can best support each other and the people we love. Please join us.

Book your place here.

Stories From Our Streets

Shared stories create community.

Stories From Our Streets is a community project presented ArtfulScribe and BCP Council, led by Alice Flynn and Emma Scattergood. We’re creating a story map to celebrate the voices of our diverse communities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 
We want to hear from everyone – a story from every postcode – to learn what you love about the area, what makes home ‘Home’. What memories do you have of BCP’s places and people, past and present? Who are the treasured characters of your neighbourhood? What tales do the streets, the parks and buildings want to tell? 
Stories are at the heart of community and culture. 
Every voice matters. Every story matters. We want to hear yours.
If you have a story to share or are curious about creative writing, or simply want to explore creativity in company, get in touch to join one of the many free sessions offered by the Stories From Our Streets Project across BCP. We’re creating a community story map and we want to make sure everyone’s voice is part of it with a story from every postcode. 
To join us, get in touch via
Follow the project blog here.
Follow the project on socials: Facebook Instagram

Write A Note

Summer Season | 7:15pm Sign Up for 7:45pm Start
Open Mic & Spoken Word, supported by ArtfulScribe
In-Person | FREE | Café/Bar, Studio 2 & 3 at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Write a Note, in association with ArtfulScribe, offers a monthly platform for poetry, spoken word, and live literature to find new audiences in a warm, and supportive environment at MAST in Southampton. Hosted by Anita Foxall, it's an ideal space to trial new work or perfect delivery of existing material, entry is free with donations encouraged at the end of the evening.

Write A Note will be taking place on the following days:

Sat 1 Apr  - Studio 3
Mon 22 May - Studio 2
Sat 17 Jun  - Studio 3
Mon 10 Jul  - Café/Bar
Mon 18 Sep - Café/Bar

Running Time: 2 hours approx.
Age Advice: 14+

Register here for tickets.

Our regular offer for writers based in The Solent region
News from around the Solent Region
Events and Opportunities in Hampshire and Dorset
  • October Books - Author talks, Spoken Word, meetings and community groups from Southampton's Premier Independent Bookshop.
  • Moving Voices: Transgender Day of Visibility - The Art House's longest running event, poetry and song open mic - special event with three guests for Transgender Day of Remembrance | 31st March | 19:00 - 21:00 | £0-7 | The Art House, Southampton.
  • The Wordmakers Collective Fundraiser - Wordmakers are levelling up from a DIY collective to nurture & develop local creatives and offer paid work to artists by curating 4 outstanding live shows.
We work with people from primary years to life's later stages. Help us help others make the most of life's opportunities by contributing to our cause to improve literacy levels in Hampshire and Dorset. Thank you.


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