November 23


10:30 am - 03:00 pm

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Ruth Charnock (Poet, Writer and Academic) & Jen Ayling (Gestalt Therapist)


Union St Cafe

18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP

Sheffield, England, GB, S1 2JP

A supportive workshop for writers who are feeling paralysed, lost or overwhelmed. Resolve creative blocks and fulfil your potential!

Calling all Frustrated Writers…

Do you struggle to start writing because of feelings of inadequacy or overwhelm? Do you get bombarded by your inner critic, or worry that your last good work was only a ‘fluke’?

Or do you find it hard to finish and share your work, are you stockpiling half-finished projects, frightened of how people might react?

Are you despairing of ever fulfilling your creative potential?

Despair not! We are here to help…

Unblocking Creativity is a workshop for writers, addressing creative blocks and how you can overcome them.

Using a variety of therapeutic and writerly strategies, the workshop will:

  • Explore common creative blocks and the reasons behind them.
  • Provide a range of tools and exercises to help resolve these blocks.
  • Build connections with other writers so you feel less alone with your struggles.
  • Develop strategies to help you to feel more confident, vitalised and productive in your work.

Who is the Workshop for?

This workshop is for anybody who would like to explore their creativity further and has felt held back by creative blocks.

You do not have to be an experienced writer. You can write fiction, non-fiction or drunken scribbles on beer mats. You might not have written for a long time, or write only occasionally. That’s fine, the workshop is suitable for all styles and levels of experience. You will be under no pressure to read out your writing during the workshop.

We intend for this day to be a friendly, supportive and inspirational space where you can start to think and feel differently about your relationship with creativity.

Who we are:

Ruth Charnock: poet, writer and academic, the editor of Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings [Bloomsbury], author of Anaïs Nin: bad sex, shame and contemporary culture [forthcoming with EUP] and Associate Artist at Mansions of the Future in Lincoln, and Grimm & Co, Rotherham.

Jen Ayling: a former copywriter turned Gestalt therapist, with a special interest in the role of shame, perfectionism and the ‘inner critic’ in sabotaging our creative potential.

Between us, we have over 10 years’ experience in helping a range of people understand and work through their creative blocks.