Kerry Ryan, writer, tutor and founder of Write like a Grrrl: “I began Write like a Grrrl in 2013 when teaching at the Feminist Library. Many of the talented women I met at the Library lacked confidence and found it difficult to find the time to write because of busy lives and problems with procrastination/binging. I knew all about those struggles but had managed to overcome them and was able to pass on what I’d learned to women at the Library. In 2014, I approached For Books’ Sake, a brilliant not-for-profit whose mission is to create a community that centres, supports and champions writing by women and girls. Together we now offer six week creative writing courses across the UK as well as advanced and day courses.
Over two hundred women have graduated from our Write like a Grrrl courses.
Feedback from our graduates…
☆ “I have honestly never been in a better learning environment. Write Like a Grrrl is amazing.”
☆ “The course has massively increased my confidence in my writing.”
☆”I came away from the course, not only with pages of notes, but with the beginnings of several new pieces of writing and a confidence in my ability as a writer I lost a long time ago. Write Like a Grrrl was such a rewarding experience. It helped me recover my writing mojo, and has given me a new confidence and bags of motivation.”
☆I loved the down-to-earth atmosphere and the mixture of practical advice and tools. The exercises were great! The dialogue exercise was particularly eye-opening. Looking at both story craft and barriers to writing together,was a great combination – really useful to tackle both at the same time.
☆ The whole course was well crafted and thought through. I particularly enjoyed the part about characterisation, however this is just a personal choice, the whole day was great and really useful! Thanks for encouraging us to create a Write like a Grrrl writing group.
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Kerry Ryan: South of England tutor & founder of Write like a Grrrl
Kerry founded Write like a Grrrl in 2013 at the Feminist Library. Write like a Grrrl now offers creative writing courses for women across the UK in collaboration with For Books’ Sake.
Her story, The Bird, won first prize in Spilling Ink’s short story competition. She is currently writing a novel set in London in 1914 which was shortlisted in Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition in 2014.
Kerry has a PhD in creative writing and has facilitated writing workshops at the Feminist Library, Glasgow Women’s Library and with women leaving sex work at Routes Out. Kerry is also Fiction Editor for The Weekend Read at For Books’ Sake.
☆Kerry was so approachable, generous and real with us. She created an atmosphere that allowed us to dive in and not feel judged. She also encouraged us to build community between ourselves. You can tell Kerry runs the workshop out of genuine love, not only for her subject but for giving burgeoning writers a big boost!
Jane Bradley: North of England tutor, writer & founder & director of For Books’ Sake
Jane is a fiction writer and editor whose short stories have appeared in print and online around the globe, most recently in The Fem Lit, Spoke: An Anthology of New Queer Voices (Dog Horn Publishing), and Convertible (Pankhearst). Her first full-length play, The Curse, debuted in Manchester in March 2016, and was supported by Arts Council England.
Jane has been longlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a Young Enigma Award, and selected as one of Nokia’s fifty Remarkable Women. She is also a participant in Commonword’s Women in the Spotlight programme.
Jane is the founder and director of For Books’ Sake, the charitable organisation championing writing by women, and the editor of short story collections Short Stack (2012), Derby Shorts (2013), Tongue in Cheek (2015) and (RE)Sisters (2016).
Claire Askew: Scotland tutor, award-winning poet & author
Claire is a poet, writer, creative writing teacher and groupwork facilitator living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Mail, The Dark Horse, and PANK. Poems of Claire’s have also been selected for inclusion in the Scottish Poetry Library’s annual Best Scottish Poems anthology an amazing three times (2008, 2009 and 2014). Her work has been recognised by numerous awards, including the International Salt Prize for Poetry, the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, the Charles Causley Poetry Competition and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Claire’s debut pamphlet collection, The Mermaid and the Sailors, was published in 2011 by Red Squirrel Press: poems from it won the 2009 William Sharpe Hunter Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing, and the 2010 Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize. Her first full length collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe Books in early 2016, and Claire is working on her first novel, Three Rivers (working title) which won the Lucy Cavendish Prize in 2016, and was longlisted for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award in 2014. For a full list of all Claire’s publications, please click here.
Claire is also an experienced performer, and has read her work at events and festivals across the UK and beyond. She acted as an official Scottish “slambassador” for the 2011 City2Cities Literature Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and has performed at Aye Write!, StAnza Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival (2009 and 2014), and in the Free Fringe, to name but a few. Claire’s a Literary Death Match winner (Edinburgh, 2012), a co-convenor of Shore Poets, and an experienced poetry slam judge.
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