Workshops

Participant from Oasis project with Artlink West Yorkshire and Bryony Pritchard

Background

Becky graduated from the University of Leeds in 2002 with a 2:1 in English (BA), after which she undertook a community arts course with Artlink West Yorkshire, completing her PGCE in adult education in 2007.  Since 2003 she has worked full-time to deliver creative writing and combined arts workshops in diverse settings.  She also runs one-day workshops, drop-in sessions at festivals, enrichment days and CPD training. Her experience includes facilitation of drama and performance workshops, coaching a poetry slam team and editing and compiling material for publications. Becky has a PGCE in Adult Education and is qualified to deliver The Bronze and Silver Arts Awards. She is regularly contracted by the Ilkley Literature Festival, Imove, Artlink West Yorkshire, Mae Care, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Hepworth Wakefield and other organisations.

Photograph by Fay Allbright

Found poetry at The Tetley

Practicing for performance

Artlink West Yorkshire Oasis project

Approach

As a workshop facilitator, Becky is interested in using keys of different shapes and sizes to unlock people’s voices, whether spoken, written or performative.  She believes words can be agencies of change, both for individuals and within the communities in which they live.  She believes that the stories we tell about ourselves have the ability to transform us, that those we tell about the world help to create the world anew.

Becky creates a warm yet challenging environment for the people she works with.   Participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from writing exercises, artworks, sound, objects, the News, literature and their own experiences to create written poetry, fiction, multi-media pieces or pieces for performance.  Over the last thirteen years, she has worked with just about every type of group you can imagine and always tailors sessions to the needs of each particular group.  Play, experimentation, discussion, feedback and practical writing activities are central to her practice.

Sunshine City, Get Started collaboration with Barney George

In 2014, Becky worked with Bryony Pritchard, Artlink West Yorkshire and Leeds Jewish Welfare Board on an exciting and rewarding multi-arts project with carers. Click the link to download the free PDF book, Oasis.  Becky enjoys collaborative work and is excited by how different art-forms can inspire and meld with one another in novel ways.  Having worked extensively with sculptors, visual artists, composers, musicians and other writers, several of her current projects are facilitated in partnership with other artists. These include Imove project Haunt with writer Steve Toase and people experiencing vulnerable housing; Ilkley Young Writers with writer Michelle Scally Clarke and Get Started, a multi-art Artlink West Yorkshire project, working primarily with people with learning disabilities.

Creating cut up poetry at The Tetley

Haunt 

Artlink West Yorkshire

Ilkley Young Writers

Becky also offers private mentoring and has seen writers through from first scribbles to full novels.

Email Becky at write@beckycherriman.com if you would like to discuss the possibility of her running a workshop or project with your group or school.  If motherhood and/or mothering is a topic your group might be interested in exploring, email Becky for more details about the workshop below.  The session can be adapted to the needs of your organisation or school and will be available from 1st February 2016.

The Best of our Blessings – a creative writing workshop about mothering and being mothered

‘In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.’
– N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Experienced workshop leader and author of poetry pamphlet,Echolocation’, Becky Cherriman invites you to discover your own imagery and explore what mothering means to you.  This practical creative writing workshop is open to any mother or grown-up child who can write and who is prepared to engage with the theme.  The session will take place within an open and supportive environment and there will be an opportunity for feedback on your writing.