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Creativity @ The Crypt: Wordpower! for Writers and Poets


A collaboration between St Mary’s Church and the wider community promoting creativity, literacy and public speaking skills. Workshops based around the church will culminate in a public performance and an anthology of stories and poems. The project will benefit local people, including parishioners (20-80+ yrs.) and schoolchildren (14-17 yrs.)

Our goals:

  • To collaborate with local senior schools to run 4 series of workshops encouraging creativity, literacy and public speaking skills in GCSE and A Level students.
  • To collaborate with local writers and poets (both experienced and novices) by running a series of workshops encouraging creativity, literacy and public speaking skills.
  • To select stories from the workshops and produce an anthology of stories, poems and other creative prose to be launched at a public event and sold through St Mary's church and via Amazon.
£25k project Currently ranked 8 in Lifelong Learning

How we will achieve our goals

The community award would be used to: 1) pay for a writer in residence for 2.5 days per week for a year. 2) equip St Mary’s crypt for workshops and pay for workshop supplies. 3) fund professional editing and graphic design. 4) pay for printing and despatch of an initial 250 copies of the book.

Where the money will go

This project will contribute to the life of the community by engaging people of all ages in the art of creative expression. Everyone has a story to tell – this project will help them to tell it! By offering support, gentle guidance, workshops with schools, and a welcoming environment, this project aims to empower would-be local writers and poets.

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THANK YOU!!!! -- Everyone's doing their bit! :)

25 August 2017

Dear All,

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  1. Posted on August 10, 2017

    Voted ! Good luck !

  2. Posted on August 10, 2017

    Good luck…

  3. Posted on August 11, 2017

    A fantastic opportunity for Warwick town and St Mary’s to draw together and encourage the community to value creative writing. And the writer-in-residence Jenny Heap is just the right person to take on the role and encourage people.

  4. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Voted. Good luck!

  5. Posted on August 13, 2017

    Jenny will be an excellent person to bring all ages together and encourage people to explore their writing abilities and to enable them to reach their full potential.

  6. Posted on August 14, 2017

    What an exciting venture…

  7. Posted on August 14, 2017

    A wonderful opportunity for the people of Warwick. Please support this initiative of St Marys Collegiate Church Warwick.

  8. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Thank you for your support!
    Please encourage others to support us, too!
    Thank you!
    Blessings, Alycia

  9. Posted on August 18, 2017

    Good luck Jenny. A splendid project.

  10. Posted on August 24, 2017

    An exciting local project – Jenny Heap will be a huge asset to this!

  11. Posted on August 24, 2017

    This is an excellent project for the local community. Please support it by voting!

  12. Posted on August 26, 2017

    Good luck

  13. Posted on August 30, 2017

    What an exciting opportunity – Jenny Heap’s passion for writing and supporting others to explore theirs will be a huge asset to the project!

  14. Posted on September 2, 2017

    Jenny would be an excellent person for this role as she has a friendly disposition and an ability to engage with people of all ethnic groups and ages.

  15. Posted on September 3, 2017

    Bardstown Writers support Jenny and the community in this project. Good luck with it!

  16. Posted on September 3, 2017

    God Bless xx

  17. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Good luck – what a wonderful project and Jenny is so passionate about writing and reading – the best person to take this forward positively.

  18. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Voted and wishing you every success with this super project. It will do great good in the town.

  19. Posted on September 4, 2017

    This is such a worthwhile project, and Jenny Heap will bring her many talents to make it a success, I’m sure.

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