“I had to take a leap of faith, sharing my work. But it was received with such generosity from Nikki and the other mums. Since we started, I've been writing EVERY DAY and can see the improvement already. I feel like I'm assembling a toolkit, whereas before I didn't know where to start.”
WHAT IS MUMWRITE?
MumWrite is a development programme and network for mums who want to write short fiction or poetry, and would like to write together and learn new techniques to apply to their writing.
MumWrite is a paid-for programme,
supported by some donations.
The idea behind this programme is to offer opportunities for writing mums to think about writing, expand their writing practices, be motivated and inspired to write, feel supported and form a community, build confidence in their abilities, and receive feedback.
WHAT WILL WE WRITE?
We will generally write poetry and short fiction. We will experiment with different techniques to develop your writing in new and exciting ways.
Nikki will guide writing activities using a variety of prompts and layered activities, suitable for all writing levels (from beginner), with ways to develop your work also suggested.
WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR?
-Mums who have some form of writing experience, no matter how basic (you'll need to send a sample when you sign up but this can be absolutely anything) but if you are very new to writing, you are welcome here. We have a range of activities and excellent support
-Mums with a desire to experiment and are open to development
-Mums with babies, mums with older children, and anyone who identifies as a mum!
-Mums who haven't found a safe, supportive environment to write without judgement
-Mums who want to contribute to a friendly and supportive group of writing mums
-Mums who are 18 or over but there is
no upper age limit!
-Mums who want to put their self-care first and look after their wellbeing through creativity
-Mums based anywhere in the UK and Ireland (and potentially worldwide as long as timings work)
BUT I DON'T HAVE TIME TO WRITE...
Making time as a mum is challenging (I know!) but having a programme like this can actually make it easier to find time to write as you have accountability and support. Lots of mums have found they created lots more and have been inspired to continue to do so!
-Workshops will take place at times most convenient for mums (generally 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 will be sent before the
sessions and Nikki will support you if you're interrupted or can't attend for whatever reason
QUERIES / COLLABORATIONS
Please email: mumwrite [at] gmail.com
The programme will be 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 led workshops with a range of writers to develop their work and give them new ideas.
Nikki has a poetry collection and chapbook out with Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She also has a published novel with Sparkling Books and has been published extensively online and in print. Nikki is the winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2020 and her novel is due out in 2021.
You can read more about Nikki on the ABOUT page.
A big thank you to Arts Council England for enabling me to run the pilot programme, alongside my generous supporters.
What participants say about MumWrite...
"It totally exceeded all my expectations - it's been invaluable."
"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."
"It's been a judgement free, supportive, safe space and that has been so incredibly meaningful and important to me."
"I had a poem of mine published as a result of the confidence I’ve gained from MumWrite to experiment more with my work. I’m submitting pieces I wouldn’t have even written before."
"Being a mum isn't all about playdates and coffee mornings and sharenting. MumWrite is a great way to support women to find themselves and their voices during this time."