After having worked with several ‘mentees’ of the CVAN Creative Writing programme, a quick update with links of texts they have published.
The idea of the workshops and the mentoring scheme was that writers based in the North-West of the UK were offered the opportunity to work with a mentor in trying to develop their writing skills and have work published on a variety of platforms. The mentoring involved several skype conversations, and then direct feedback on drafts for a review and a feature-length piece.
The participants varied in age and experience – some having just left art school and not published much yet, while others having PhDs, and in some cases an already extensive portfolio of published work. It made me very aware of the fact that writing is such a multi-faceted endeavour, with so many different ways of writing for so many different aims and objectives, something I’d already hinted at in the workshop I did last year (see a previous post).
Thus far several pieces have been published, with a couple more due (I will update as and when):
Sara Jaspan wrote a review on the exhibition ‘Real Painting’ at Castlefield in Manchester, which was published by Creative Tourist.
Lara Eggleton wrote a review on ‘Assassination, Space Travel & Regeneration: Modern History Volume 1’, curated by Linda Morris at Grundy Art Gallery for The Double Negative.
Amy Thomas visited the art festival C-Art 2015 in Carlisle, also published by The Double Negative.