Thank you for your interest in The New Mothers’ Writing Circle. This is a pilot project for new mothers in Glasgow, starting in March 2020.
The New Mothers’ Writing Circle is a series of workshops during which we will use the fundamentals of creative writing craft to spark ideas and get mothers writing at a key, transitional stage in their lives. We will also look at existing writings on motherhood and meet working authors who have successfully managed to write and raise a family. All while our babies sleep or play or feed!
We are looking for 12 women from all walks of life to take part.
NO WRITING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
• The workshops will take place in a church hall in Glasgow’s west end, close to Hillhead subway.
• The workshops are free
• Travel subsidies are available
• Babies should be under 9 months old at the start March 2020
• Tea and coffee will be provided
• The workshops will be held every 2 weeks, on a Thursday morning 10am - 12.15pm
(see exact dates in the 'Get Involved' page)
• There will be mats and toys for the babies to play on.
• You are welcome to feed your baby during the workshops (high chairs are available).
• You will not be asked to share your writing unless you want to do so.
• Your writing won’t be published anywhere unless you would like us to publicise it for you.
• Your writing will remain yours.
• You will be provided with a notebook/journal and excerpts of writing, both of which will be yours to keep.
The workshops will take place in a church hall in Glasgow’s west end, close to Hillhead subway.
Meet The Team
Catrin Kemp is Founder of The New Mothers' Writing Circle.
"The idea for the project came about following the birth of my son, nearly 3 years ago. I found becoming a mother a seismic shock and used writing as a way to acclimatise myself with my new identity. I also searched for authentic responses to motherhood, looking at how my new role had been represented across writing, film and TV. During my second pregnancy, I teamed up with author and editor Genevieve Herr, also a mother of 2, to design The New Mothers' Writing Circle. Our hope is that the project will spark imaginations and get mothers writing at a key time of change in their lives."
Catrin is currently on maternity leave from her role as Partnerships Manager at Cove Park.
Creative Writing Lead
Genevieve is an editor working across adult and children’s books, fiction as well as non fiction. She has worked for Walker Books, Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Hachette amongst others, and her authors have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Prize, the Branford Boase Award and the YA Book Prize. Her first novel, A Gift in December, written under the name Jenny Gladwell, was published in 2019.
Lydia is a theatre-maker and project manager. She runs Glasgow based theatre company, Fearless Players. She has worked with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Animate Orchestra, South Bank Centre and English Musicals Korea among others.
At The New Mothers' Writing Circle she works on our Social Media, Website and Administration.
A bit about mental health…
Although this project invites new mothers to reflect on their lives and their transition to motherhood, the workshops are not designed to be therapeutic. At times the act of writing can be opening, or triggering, and those interested in taking part should be aware that there will not be a perinatal counsellor in attendance. If you are living with postnatal mental health issues you should not be put off applying to take part, but do so in the knowledge that the project team will direct you to services you can access outside of the workshops.