Pen To Print

Love Letters to the World Writing Project

Love Letters to the World

A new online creative writing workshop for local people in Barking and Dagenham Love Letters to the World is an invitation to local people in Barking and Dagenham to get your pens out and play with words with writer Claire Steele and Boathouse Artistic director, Carole Pluckrose, supported by Pen to Print.

We are pleased to share that we are now supporting this project for the whole summer and sessions will run until the end of August 2020.

This free project  is open to all Barking and Dagenham residents. No experience in writing is necessary, just the will to share your thoughts and send your voice into the world. You will be guided through a series of writing prompts and exercises to release the storyteller in you and discover new ways of expressing your experience.

The interactive workshops will take place between 3-5 pm on Thursdays. This is an opportunity to bring your hearts and minds together with local people in a free online Zoom meeting. Each workshop will invite you to share your thoughts and feeling about your experiences of this extraordinary time, and to document for today and for the future what it has been like to live in this unique moment, in this community, in your life. We’ll encourage you to share your writing by submitting it to Love letters to the World, email: loveletterstotheworld@mail.com by 5pm each Friday, and the selected pieces will be read on FaceBook live by Carole Pluckrose on her daily walk from a range of outdoor spaces in Barking and Dagenham.

We welcome comments and posts on the Love Letters to the World Facebook page, but ask you not to post any submissions there to enter for live reading.

The world is changing faster than ever in our history. In this ‘once-upon-a time’ world turned upside down, it can feel like living in a fairytale. Trapped indoors we have been forced to find new ways of living, together and alone. All of our lives have changed, almost beyond recognition. The world outside is eerily silent. The skies are bluer but the shadows are longer. We find ourselves in a world of personal and collective grief like we’ve never before experienced. This tough time has brought with it an urgency to find new ways to do things, requiring huge tenacity, imagination, sharing and love. Reaching out to each other through our shared experience has offered a life-line to many of us, particularly those self-isolating and alone. We are confined to our personal spaces, but our imaginations are not confined. In story, we can rise out of our circumstances, and take ourselves anywhere we wish. Here is your opportunity to write from that space, and send out your love letter to the world, a world in which we inspire, connect and hear each other clearly in the brilliant hushed spaces of our once busy streets.

The pieces created will  be posted on the Love Letters to the World Facebook page and possibly collated into an ebook. Your voice is important, unique, strong. Let it be heard drifting on the air, send out your love to the people you love. Send out your love to a stranger. Let your words be tied to the railings as an act of resistance. Let your words echo in the ears of those who pass by. Our words connect us more powerfully now than they have ever done. Tell the world what it’s like.

For information go to the Love Letters to the World Facebook page

To book your free place in the writing workshop  Click Here and book on Eventbrite

Can’t wait to get started, here are some Love Letters to the World writing prompts.

New daily prompts can be found on The Love Letters to the World  Facebook Page.

Write a piece of writing that begins - The book of love....

Write a piece that begins - My brilliant heart...

Write a piece that includes the phrase - how strange and fine

Write what the Girl in Red knows

Write a piece that begins - My blue, blue heart

Write a piece that includes the words - how close

Write a piece that begins - Remember this

Write a letter to the child whose hand you hold in your heart

Write a piece of writing that includes the words - love shines

Write a six-line piece that begins with the word We and ends with the word World

write what the love bird knows...

Three charms for love...

Make a piece of writing that begins 'Here I am....' with 3 cues from the image

Make a piece of writing that uses the words 'be sure...'

Make a piece of writing that begins with the words 'A storm...'

Write a piece that includes 'a promise' and 'a trick of the light'.

Won’t you dance?

What happens when it’s not yet too late.

Write a piece that includes the words 'today my heart...'

Write something that begins with the words 'This time...'

once a year ...

make a piece of writing that uses the words: a note on sweetness; a note on light

make a piece of writing that begins with the number 5 and ends with a kiss

"What I'm trying to say is that I lost her, just like I lost you. Perhaps you never really know a person or a place until you are lost."