“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 EVERYDAY 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 write short fiction or poetry, and would like to write more experimentally.
The next programme is beginning on
November 23rd 2020.
MumWrite is a paid-for programme,
supported by some donations.
The idea behind this programme is to offer opportunities for writing mums to 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 IS EXPERIMENTAL WRITING?
Essentially, non-traditional writing. It doesn't tend to include constrained forms or rhyming.
It can also be new forms, unconventional ideas, imaginative presentations, hybrid writing and mixed forms, unexpected content and voices, visual writing, and more!
WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR?
-Mums who have some form of writing experience
(you'll need to send a sample when you sign up)
-Mums with a desire to experiment and are open
-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!
-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
-Nikki and your peers will be your cheerleaders and offer you the support you need
If you would like to give MumWrite £5 to offer additional sponsored places on workshops, please donate above. MumWrite will credit you on this site and give you a PDF of the 2020 anthology!
For £10, as above and a set of writing prompts.
For £15 or more, you'll get all the above, and a hardcopy of the 2020 anthology.
A huge thank you to the MumWrite supporters!
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, and some lovely
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 for 18-30 year olds, 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.
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."