2021 New Year Writing Shake-up

THURSDAY 21 January

UK 930am

Western Australia 530pm

Australian EST 830pm

2.5 hours long, online, on Zoom

Optional new year social time: login 15mins early and/or stay on 15-30mins at the end.

£GBP15 / $AUD28

Discount if you took part in in a class with me in 2020 & book by 13th Jan : £GBP12 / $AUD20

Some free places for those struggling financially – get in touch.

Start your writing year with a fizz of creativity. In this new year writing ‘marathon’, you’ll be guided through quickfire poetry, visual prompts and wordy challenges to keep your pen moving, outpace your internal critic, and find fresh perspectives & surprising ideas for new poems and stories. It really works for me and it’s loads of fun!

This workshop style is based on what has sparked my best poems last year,  plus prize-winning poems from others and even the beginning of a novel!

The theme is traversing place:  your year’s terrain, a local area or landscape. Tussle with point of view, skip into surreal, slide into lucidity, and perhaps dip into past, present & future. If you want to, you can also ‘bring’ any theme you are working on or thoughts from 2020’s diary to ‘lean up against’ the writing challenges.

It’s been one hell of a 2020 but a good year for connecting up online across the world with our writing from across Australia to the UK. Meet old and new friends from both hemispheres. We’ll end with a optional sharing of writing in breakout groups. (This is a group writing session designed to get the writing flowing, not focused on writing feedback.)

Give your 2021 creative force! 


  1. Pay direct into my account if you have my details from previous classes (or get in touch for the details)

 OR use this UK Paypal link

OR  this Australian Paypal link.

2. Email me / contact me HERE and I’ll add you to the list!

Your workshops have helped me develop as a writer, freed me up and given me new ways into my poetry. Thank you. Colin

You’ve inspired me to try out different ways of writing and adopt different subjects that I would never have explored on my own. I’ve surprised myself and also found out a lot about myself. Eleanor

It had been difficult to get into my writing during this anxious time but this group has been uplifting, with a real sense of togetherness, wonderfully apt themes, poems and writing assignments. Just what I needed to jump-start new work. Nancy

About the facilitator:  Cath Drake’s collection ‘The Shaking City’ was published by Seren Books, It follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Cath has published in literary journals in the UK, US, Australia and Ireland. She was included in ‘Best Australian Poetry 2014’, won two Arts Council England awards, shortlisted for various prizes including the Manchester Poetry Prize, and came second in the 2017 Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo) plus highly commended for the same prize in 2019.  Cath is also an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer who has created radio documentaries and newspaper columns for over a decade in Australia, winning the Alex Harris Medal for Science and Environment Writing, CSIRO Award for Excellence in Science Journalism and Greening Western Australia Community Awareness Award for Communications. Cath teaches mindfulness and co-runs a monthly workshop on resilience in a changing world.

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