"The programme has been a reminder - a wake up call even - that I am not only allowed to have a little bit of time for myself, but that I actually need it."
If you would like to give MumWrite £5 to offer additional workshops and publication opportunities, please donate above. MumWrite will credit you in the anthology and on this site! You'll also receive a PDF of the anthology.
For £10, as above and a set of writing prompts.
For £15 or more, you'll get all the above, and a hardcopy anthology.
A huge thank you to the MumWrite
supporters so far!
Jes Davis, Bethan Hay, Leia Butler,
Trini Decombe, Joe Ruddock, Julia Skilton,
Fran Mitchell, Sarah Jessen, Steve Dudley,
Holly Jackson, Gwen Coltherd, Ingrid Drever,
Lizzy Humber, Natasha Holmes, Amy Cameron,
Astra Papachristodoulou, Beth Kilkenny,
Jenny McClay, Sascha Akhtar, Louise Chadwick, Hannah Searle, Helen Southall, Sara Nesbitt, Mo Schoenfeld, Rachael Charlotte, Pip Pinhorn and some lovely anonymous donors.
QUERIES / COLLABORATIONS
Please email: mumwrite [at] gmail.com
The programme is led by Nikki Dudley, a mum of two and Managing Editor of streetcake experimental writing magazine. Nikki also runs the streetcake experimental writing prize, supported by ACE. Nikki has a poetry collection and chapbook with Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She also has a published novel with Sparkling Books. She is the winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2020 and her second novel is due out in 2021.
You can read more about Nikki on the ABOUT page.
-Workshops will take place at times most convenient for mums (evenings/weekends)
-If your baby/child interrupts the session, they are
welcome to join in or you can come back whenever
you're ready. You can breastfeed while we work and
we'll try to help you catch up
-You don't need to dress up or wash your hair
-You don't have to always bring your A-Game - you can work on things in your own time
-Prompts and guidance are sent to you before
sessions and you can ask for guidance if you are not able to attend for whatever reason
-Nikki will help you to get your writing ready for
publication - there will be a reasonable amount of time given to prepare your work
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
The 2020 programme has now closed for applications. You can still register your interest
and I will contact you about future programmes.
The 2020 pilot mums were...
Laura Kenwright, Charlotte Forfieh,
Sarah Jessen, Ellen Uttley, Rachel Gibbens,
Tanya Akrofi, Natalie Persoglio, Hannah Stephenson, Susan Earlam, Bethan Hay, Emma Rowson, Kerry Ryan, Beth Kilkenny, Bethan Butcher,
Rachel Neithercut, Natasha Holmes, Michele Beck,
Rose Segal, Naomi Marklew, Natalie Smith
and Holly Jackson.
What is MumWrite?
MumWrite is a development programme
for mums who write experimental short fiction or poetry, or would like to write in new or more experimental ways.
The MumWrite pilot is supported by the
Arts Council England and donations. The idea behind this initiative is to offer opportunities for writing mums to expand their practices, form a community, receive feedback, grow confidence, and be published in an anthology.
WHAT WILL WE WRITE?
We will write poetry and short fiction, as well as hybrid forms. We will experiment with different techniques to develop your writing in new and exciting ways.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
-Workshops relating to poetry and short fiction
(four between June and September)
-Individual feedback from Nikki and your peers
-Development of a piece of work for publication (publication planned for November/December)
-Royalties shared among all the writers in the anthology (after costs)
WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR?
-Mums who have some writing experience
(you'll need to provide a short sample to apply)
-Mums with a desire to experiment and are open
-Mums who can't normally access writing development opportunities due to time/childcare/confidence etc
-Mums who want to join and contribute to a friendly and supportive writing group
-You need to be 18 or over but there is
no upper age limit!
What mums say about MumWrite...
"First MumWrite workshop tonight was amazing, lots of fun experimenting! Thank you to Nikki for great hosting and to all the other mums! Can’t wait for the next one now!"
"It's been a judgement free, supportive, safe space and that has been so incredibly meaningful and important to me."
"...where is my community?! Oh here it is!"
"Being a Mum isn't all about playdates and coffee mornings and sharenting! It's about finding ways to rediscover your identity after a seismic shift in your life; MumWrite is a great way to support women."