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ArtfulScribe Newsletter - May 2023

03 May 2023

News and Opportunities for Writers and Writing


Tuesdays | Until 6th June | 7-9PM | Online | £5+

A supportive creative writing group and workshop series for men 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 come together, write and explore their ideas.

Join us online and 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 brotherhood, collaboration and community. Please join us.

Book your place here.

Wild Writing: Notes from Sea & Shore
Durley Chine | 11:30 - 1PM | 14th May | Free
Join writer and creative facilitator, Alice Flynn, for a wild writing session at Durley Chine, Bournemouth. Explore your place in nature through an embodied approach to writing: attuning to the senses and writing in conversation with the natural world.

This free event part of the Creative Writers Against Coastal Waste project, supported in partnership with University of Southampton.

For more information, read here: 

Sign up here:
A New Season of Writing:
SO:Write Women & Writing for Wellbeing

Block booking and single session booking available.

Browse our courses here.

SO:Write Women with Susmita Bhattacharya

Author Susmita Bhattacharya leads this supportive group for women to develop skills and confidence in Creative Writing, inspiring new writing through workshop prompts, reading choices, and life experiences.

Online via Zoom: Thursdays | 4th MAY | 1st JUN | 6th JUL
11:00 - 1:00. Booking here.

In Person at Southampton Central Library: Saturdays | 20th MAY | 17th JUN | 22nd JUL
11:15 - 1:15. Booking here.

Writing for Wellbeing with Joanna Barnard

In a supportive and welcoming environment, the group will be using poetry, prose and journal forms to explore mental and emotional wellbeing, reflect, and find joy. The aim of the programme is to generate a body of work, both individually and as a group, that may be shared to encourage others to discover the impact of writing for wellbeing.

Online via Zoom: 11th MAY | 25th MAY | 15th JUN | 29th JUN | 13th JUL
11:00 - 1:00. Booking here.

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 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:

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
  • Stories From Our Streets is creating a story map to celebrate the voices of our diverse communities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Every voice matters. Every story matters. We want to hear yours. Regular story writing workshop and event updates here.
  • Writing for Performance: a NEW online offer for academic years 10-13 on Saturday mornings from 10.00 - 11:30 at MAST, led by Lydia Rynne.
  • Writing for Page and Stage: a NEW online offer for ages 18+ on Monday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30pm, led by Tabby Hayward.
  • Our weekly creative writing groups for ages 7-10 and 11-14 year olds at MAST Mayflower Studios & Lighthouse Poole. Instances are listed on our events page.
  • Lighthouse Junior Writers: a weekly creative writing group for 7-10 years,  Saturday mornings during term-time, at Lighthouse Poole
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.
  • Bournemouth Writing Festival - Poetry Hunt - Read the poems featured in BWF's Poetry Hunt, curated by Word Makers & Silence Breakers Collective.
  • Putting a Poetry Pamphlet Together – with Caleb Parkin - New Writing South | £75 | This new self-paced course written by practising poet Caleb Parkin, will clarify the creative process of the process of putting a pamphlet together. 
  • Hampshire Writers' Society - Author Talk - From Rejection to Auction: Failure and Success in the Writer's Life with Joanna Barnard | May 9th | 7pm | Tower Arts Centre, Winchester | £10 for non members, £2 for students
  • Bourn Mouthy - ONCE UPON A RHYME - Inclusive poetry & spoken word event with the theme of fairy tales | May 11th | 8 - 10:30PM | Obsidian, Boscombe | £3 - £5
  • Winchester Poetry Prize 2023 - ​Judge: Zaffar Kunial | Entry fee: £6 for first poem, £5 for subsequent poems | Closing Date: 31 July 2023 (11:59pm)
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.
If you'd like your events or opportunities for writers in the region to feature in our newsletter or social media, please drop a line to


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