The Shouting Mute Writing Workshops

Hello again. Last week we hosted an online writing workshop and it was great. We had five enthusiastic participants, who are all fantastic poets. They’ve all written the beginnings of some fantastic poems. It was a really fun afternoon full of writing, sharing, and connecting.
From hosting this workshop, I’ve realised there need to be more of these kind of online events, a lot more. So we’ll be doing some more. Don’t worry you definitely won’t miss out, if you wanted to do it, and there’s a replay available of last week’s workshop we’ll be sharing online soon.
I would love to know what you think I should do next? What type of workshops you would like to see on offer?
In the meantime, here’s some advice and answers to some of the FAQs I get asked:
  • How to write and edit poetry ~ my top tips are just write it. Leave it for a day or two. Even an year. Come up back to it and write it again and edit the two pieces into the best poem with the best lines. Remember that every line needs to be a punch. Fast or slow. That is your choice but every one of a poem lines needs to hurt the listener in some way or another. Your job as a creative is to settle the disturbed and disturb the sleeping. And if people like the poem or don’t like the poem you did a good job because you made them think. I have a lot of tips online so check out them on my blog post on the website

  • What am I interested in ~ Honestly poetry, music, and performance art. Without them I wouldn’t even get up by 12 noon and arts and football on a weekend for a break makes me want to live. The only way to live is for enjoyment

  • Any recommendations ~ My favourite poet is Luke Wright. Check him out. Tiny bit rude but some times rude is good. Most people don’t agree but they can shut up and just don’t listen. Another amazing poet is Joelle Taylor. She is an amazing wordsmith and go to out:spoken if you are in London after lock down is over. Look up John Cooper Clarke and his poem Twat. It is the best poem ever written in my opinion. They can’t find a good word for you, but I can. Twat. It’s the best bit of poetry in the world in my opinion. Another incredible poet is Jonathan G. He is very painful to read but that is why you like him.

  • Why should we write at all ~ Writing is about giving voices, yours, the disabled people in your community. The black people in your community matter. Women matter and we should more woman in power. Your sex matters. Difference is the key to peace. And all working together is the key to the climate emergency. All together. All safe. All can live for life. The world is one planet and that is the way forward to save the human race. Some people won’t say but the climate emergency is actually a human emergency. If we don’t protect life, we will die. Writers have a big job putting that across.

  • What am I working on now ~ Well I am writing a Poetry book right now for some time later this year. I am planning a social media take over. Kerry, I want to be famous make that happen hahaha. Actually I will have two pieces about Climate change out next year if they go ahead. One for Drake Music, a disabled focused music company. And one for Inside Out festival in Dorset if everything works

I would also like to know if you want your poetry shared through my social media. I’m offering to film myself reading your poems to camera, to share online, with credit to you. If this sounds like something you would like me to do for you, please email dave@theshoutingmute.com

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