Writing about your own experiences can be tricky. It’s about knowing how to shape your own story in a way which feels authentic, safe for you as the writer, but still something other people want to hear.


Autobiography doesn’t have to mean realism.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to explore writing stories inspired by their real life experiences in allegorical, symbolic or fantastical ways. Eleanor will share techniques and ideas on using poetry, metaphor and world-building to do this.


You’ll explore:

  • Finding an authentic yet compelling narrative for a story
  • Creating a world that helps tell that story
  • Building out metaphors to have more meaning



You have the option to join this workshop either online or in person.

Online workshop – BSL interpreted - Tue 11 Jan, 18:00-19:00

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/235907956047


In person workshop - Fri 14 Jan, 12:00 – 13:30

In person ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/235871888167

Tickets are free for both sessions, but must be booked via the links above. 



Eleanor Hope-Jones is a writer, performer and director with a passion for creating worlds and spaces that take us away from our day to day lives.


Her latest project Séance is an attempt to do just that, by taking a personal experience of sexual assault and setting it in a fantastical world of cowboys, witches and spirits in order to make sense of the thing. Find out more about Séance here.


As a writer Eleanor’s debut short film Vlogger was commissioned through New Creatives, supported by Arts Council England & BBC Arts, broadcast on BBC4, BBC International & iplayer, selected for Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights film festival & given five-star review in Voice magazine.


As a facilitator she has taught at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bath Theatre Academy, The Egg Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth Conservatoire, CYN, Calling the Shots, BBC Arts & the National Youth Theatre. She has also mentored poets through Tobacco Factory Theatre’s SPARK festival. Find out more on Eleanor's website.

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