Quay Words has teamed up with Cornwall-based The Writers’ Block to explore ways that Exeter Custom House can be a catalyst for young people and schools.

Initially with a series of training workshops for writers. Participants will be given training in The Writer’s Block method of immersive creative writing workshops, aimed at unlocking children’s creativity and extending that into their writing. The Writers’ Block encourages a joy and playfulness with language, a passion for narrative and a curiosity to seek out stories.

The workshop will be delivered by Wyl Menmuir on 12th November from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm. He is a Man Booker Prize longlisted novelist and inspiring teacher. His session will give participants the opportunity to explore the building, its history and how place can be used to encourage creative writing. A chance to delve into your own imagination as well as gathering lots of ideas to use back in other settings or in your writing practice.The workshop is aimed at writers in and around Exeter who are interested in developing writing workshops for school children and, although attendance does not guarantee subsequent work, delivering future workshops at the Custom House.

The workshop is free but places are limited so we’re asking that writers apply. Please apply in writing on no more than two sheets of A4, outlining your relevant experience, why you would like to work with schools and the impact it would have on your own work and development. Please also include a CV, with full details of your writing and publishing record as well as workshop experience. Submit applications to: customhouse@literatureworks.org.uk

Deadline: midnight, Wednesday 3rd November.

We will be back in touch to let you know if we’ve assigned a place by end of day Friday 5th November.