Hi there, dear reader. I’m on a new venture with Natwest’s Back Her Business. The project aims to support female-led businesses, and that I am!
As part of the project I need to Crowdfund for my new venture, and Natwest give a little help on the way by adding extra funding depending on how many supports I have and how cool they think my campaign is (wink), not just how much money I raise.
I’m trying to raise £1500 by 18 December to support new parents by running baby-friendly creative writing classes, in the Lewisham/Bromley area to start.
Parental leave can be tough, especially for those navigating it for the first time. I know I found it intense! Learning new skills and taking on a creative and intellectual challenge can not only help you mentally deal with things – even if it is through fiction writing -but it can also help with finding self-confidence and identity at one of the most challenging times of life.
Mummy Writes is a series of six workshops that explore the basics of writing fiction; from different genres, influential writers, tools to create a great story and plenty of time to try it out! New parents can get creative and have a taster of what it’s like to be a fiction writer, all while snuggling with their baby.
How I got the idea
I’m a London based copywriter, editor and workshop leader running my own business called Lost for Words. I’m also a short story writer, most recently winning a Highly Commended recognition for the Bridport Prize 2019, and have an MA in Creative Writing from The University of Manchester. The idea for these workshops came to me in the middle of my maternity leave period. As intense – and rewarding – as maternity leave was I found that doing something creatively stimulating really helped me to start to heal and navigate my way through new motherhood.
Why creative writing?
As tired as new parents are (wow, the exhaustion!) I found that I still wanted to get inspired and learn new things. Creative writing is something I’m passionate and knowledgeable about and am confident in teaching. Stories are a way to explore other worlds but also help us understand and process our own experiences – a much-needed process for new parents!
Help us Crowdfund!
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Help make baby-friendly writing workshops for new parents happen AND support a female-led business with Natwest’s #BackHerBusiness Crowdfunder. Even a £1 pledge makes a HUGE difference: https://natwestbackherbusiness.co.uk/mummy-writes-baby-friendly-writing-workshops
There’s not much out there like this, so show us some love and donate! Even a £1 pledge makes a BIG difference and can help us achieve our goal.