Write Your Story Your Way – Poetry-Prose masterclass – With Salena Godden

Sat, 26 November 2022
10am – 1pm
£40 (£32 Concessions)

Write Your Story Your Way

Join award-winning author, poet and broadcaster, Salena Godden for a unique masterclass in how to write your story the way you want to write it. 

Exploring poetry, prose, memoir, authenticity, being your own narrator and writing in a way that is true to yourself, Salena will guide you to  use tools such as your own voice, your creative experience, empathy and observation to enhance your writing. She’ll encourage you to have confidence, to write about your past and present and to imagine a better tomorrow,  using your lived experiences to inform the story you tell. Delving into her own  wide experience, allow Salena to guide you towards building the muscle and resources needed to share  your work with the world and write your truth in the way that does it and you justice.

Who is this course for?

Most suitable for intermediate level but open to all.

About the tutor

Salena Godden FRSL is an award-winning author, poet and broadcaster of Jamaican-mixed heritage based in London. In 2021 Canongate published her highly acclaimed debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death. It is winner of The Indie Book Award for fiction and winner of The Peoples Book Prize 2022. It was also shortlisted for The British Book Awards Book Of The Year Fiction: Debut shortlist; The Bad Form Book Of The Year shortlist, the Gordon Burn Prize and it featured in the Guardian books of the year list 2021. 

Mrs Death Misses Death has been described by her publisher as “intoxicating and life-affirming” and in The Bookseller as “an original, exuberant … truly one of a kind.” Film and TV rights to this unique debut novel have been taken by Idris Elba and Green Door Pictures. Commenting on the deal, Idris Elba said: “Mrs Death Misses Death feels like an instant classic, with an intoxicating story that crosses time and continents. I was immediately drawn to Salena’s writing and am humbled and excited to have the opportunity to bring her brilliant words to life on screen.” 

Salena Godden’s work has been widely anthologised and broadcast on BBC radio and TV. Her essay Shade was published in groundbreaking and award-wining anthology The Good Immigrant (Unbound). A short-story Blue Cornflowers was shortlisted for the 4th Estate and Guardian short story prize 2016. She has had several volumes of poetry published including Under The Pier (Nasty Little Press) Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014 (Burning Eye Books) Pessimism is for Lightweights – 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance (Rough Trade Books) and also a literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road (Unbound). She has produced four studio albums to date – her solo poetry album LIVEwire (Nymphs and Thugs) was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Prize. The Royal Society of Literature elected Godden as fellow FRSL in November 2020. Her poetry anthem Pessimism is for Lightweights is on permanent display at The Peoples History Museum, Manchester. 

Bursary places

Limited bursary places are available for those who would struggle to pay the full price for an event, workshop or course with New Writing South. To apply for a bursary please fill out this application form.

We are also offering limited 50% bursaries for this event in light of the cost-of-living crisis. To apply for a 50% bursary, please fill out the 50% bursary application form.