june 2021

22jun4:00 pm6:00 pmTrees and Us:  A Reading and Writing Workshop for WellbeingNEW: *The Salon's first creative writing workshop*4:00 pm - 6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:Creative writingFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks


Event Details

“The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;”

                                                      Philip Larkin

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Tree metaphors surround us – from back to our roots to out on a limb; seed in the mind to branching out; family tree, decision tree, tree of life . . .  Powerful symbols of the paradox between stability and freedom, trees can provide a rich starting point for the unfurling of complex ideas.

Much like the Greek (root) word for metaphor, amphora – a storage vessel used for transporting valuable goods – a poem can be a container for our rich inner worlds. So we will look to the metaphor and the poetry of trees.

In these four two-hour themed workshops, we will read carefully selected poems and prose about trees (e.g. Blake, Larkin, Oliver) as a starting point for writing, reflection and dialogue.  We will practise shared reading and use a blend of creative, expressive and reflective writing approaches – flow writing, poetry making, metaphor, life writing – as writing prompts. In this supportive, confidential space, you will have the opportunity to share your writing (although you will never be obliged to do so) and to reflect on others’ writing.

No formal experience or preparation is needed, just a willingness to give writing a go! Simply bring a desire to share, reflect and experiment with words (and paper and pen).  This workshop is about self-development rather than literary-development.

From a participant in a recent similar event: “I had fun playing with words and inventing my own even. I liked discarding the rules and just being free with the language. In that sense, writing the poem itself was an act of controlling and letting go.”

Salon details:

  • Facilitated by Alison Cable
  • Tuesday evenings, 4-6.00 pm
  • Four-meeting virtual study: 22, 29 June and 6, 13 July
  • £70 for four meetings, please use the Paypal button below
  • Special offer: Participants can join for just one session for £18
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For one session (please contact us to confirm which session) :