What happens if I sign up for a Dear Mum course?
First of all, sign up! The next classes run on Mondays at 1pm from 3rd May. If that's not a good time and date for you, pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or with the contact form and if there's enough interest, I'll put on another class on an alternative day/in the evening.
I'll send you a discovery form. It's a way to help you focus on what you'd like to get out of Dear Mum and to tell me a bit more about yourself. You'll also have the opportunity to check back in with what you wrote at the end of the course.
The workshops happen online in small groups--we're using Facebook 'rooms' at the moment. We use Padlet as a shared space where you'll find the week's agenda pinned, together with anything else we will be using as a visual prompt for the week. It's a collaborative space which stays open even after the course is over, so you can pin your own comments or writing contributions at any time. Here's an example.
Each week has a theme which relates to a touchstone of memory--you may be asked to bring something along to inspire your writing. We always begin with a bit of free writing and a more general discussion before we start looking at some of the prompts for the week (poems, fiction, photography, even music) and some writing challenges. As trust builds in the group, I hope you'll feel brave enough to share some of your writing with us--it feels really good, I promise! But it's always 100% up to you.