Take your time

15th - 29th Aug 2023 - Online, via Zoom

Price : free

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A white woman with albinism in her 20s with short white hair wearing a blue shirt stands in front of a blurred park background.
Photographer Credit: Douglas Tyrrell Bunge

Wanting to write but not having the time is a common problem. Through this series of workshops with Ellen Renton you will be guided slowly through the process of creating a poem. The workshops will be a relaxed, informal environment where any level of experience is welcome. 

Workshop 1 – Getting to know each other and getting the first words on the page. 

Workshop 2 – Playfulness and experimentation. Developing your initial ideas in different directions using writing exercises. 

Workshop 3 – Exploring the editing process to fine-tune your poem. Option to share your poem with the group.

A superb collection where every poem and word are crucial

The Fountain

Ellen will also be performing An Eye For An Eye For An Eye – live at the Liberty Festival Finale on Sunday 3 September.

Plus, you can catch her exhibition – If You’ve Seen It You Haven’t Seen It – throughout Liberty Festival.

What will you experience

These are a series of online workshops on Zoom. You will be asked to engage in creative writing activities. There will be friendly, informal interaction between yourself, the workshop leader and other participants. In the first week you will be asked to introduce yourself to the group, however if you are not comfortable with this that is okay.

Access information

These workshops will be a relaxed event, meaning you can take the activities at your own pace and come and go as you please without explanation. You will not be forced to speak or have your camera on if this is not comfortable or available for you. 

BSL interpreters are available on request for these workshops. If you require a BSL interpreter to access the workshops, please indicate this in the access section of the booking form. 

Our Access Officer will be available throughout the workshops, should you need any support. You can contact her through the chat box on Zoom.

About the artist

Ellen Renton is a poet, performer, and theatre maker from Edinburgh. She is a former recipient of both the Unlimited Emerging Artist Award and the R&D award, which supported her solo theatre show Within Sight and a multimedia installation about home and family history respectively. In 2021 she released her debut poetry pamphlet with Stewed Rhubarb Press and was awarded a Scottish Emerging Writer residency at Cove Park. She regularly collaborates with artists from other disciplines, including electronic musician Lord of the Isles, filmmaker Douglas Tyrrell Bunge, and movement director Rachel Drazek.

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