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Whodunnit? – Exploring Unreliable Narrators with the Young Writers

In our most recent Young Writers workshop, we considered the trope of the unreliable narrator. We set up a scenario where guests had gathered at a stately home for a New Year’s Eve party in 1929. All the guests retired, and many woke with sore […]

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Training for Emerging Playwrights – deadline 1 May

The Writers’ Block is running a 3 day training programme for Emerging Playwrights, funded and supported by The Minack Theatre. The outcome of the programme is for The Minack Theatre to commission a selection of short, original plays for Autumn 2024 for their Play in […]

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Emerging performers – The Story Republic for 2024! Deadline 8 April

Development & Work Opportunity for Emerging Performers The Story Republic is an ensemble of performers with a passion for story, poetry and song with a strong Cornish flavour.  In a typical summer, The Story Republic will perform at events and festivals, as well as part […]

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Volunteer with us! 

Volunteer with us! DEADLINE 26 MARCH 2024   Are you a creative person with a bit of time on your hands? Are you interested in volunteering with children? The Writers’ Block is looking for volunteers to help support our children’s programme!   Who are we […]

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The Power of Knowledge: Exploring Dystopian Fiction with the Young Writers

Dystopia seems to be an ever-popular theme with our students, and our most recent Young Writers workshop offered a twist on this theme by weaving current events into the workshop. In October the British Library fell victim to a cyber attack where criminals held the […]

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Reimagined Fairy Tales with the Young Writers

Our first Young Writers workshop of 2024 found us in familiar territory, exploring the history of fairy tales. We began by introducing Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, and then started playing with these well-known stories to encourage reimagination. Before bending the rules, you need […]

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Exploring Mystery and Crime Writing with the Young Writers

Exploring Mystery and Crime Writing with the Young Writers Last Saturday’s Young Writers workshop offered an opportunity to explore the conventions of crime and mystery writing. We set the scene by having a conversation about Cluedo, invented in 1949 but still enjoyed today for its […]

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Structured Poetry Fun with the Young Writers

Our most recent Young Writers workshop was prompted by a participant who asked whether we could explore structured poetry. This topic is so broad that the possibilities were almost endless. We eventually decided to focus on two more familiar forms, with the potential to explore […]

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Little Story Seekers Spring 2024

February: Redruth Library: Tuesday 2pm 6th February – Jo Camborne Library: Wednesday 10.30am on 14th February – Ali Redruth Library:  Friday 11am on 23nd February – Jo  March: Redruth Library: Friday 11am on 8th March  –  Nina Camborne Library:  Wednesday 10.30am on 20th March – […]

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Welcome to our new Creative Director!

We are delighted to welcome Dr Jen McDerra as the new Creative Director of The Writers’ Block. Our KEAP Director of 22 years, Amanda Harris, will retire on 30 November, and Artistic Director Anna Maria Murphy will take a step back in 2024. Now we […]

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