Short Course: Creative Writing & Mindfulness

Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 12, 19, 26 March and 2 & 9 April 2019.

Birmingham & Midland Institute


We’re delighted to offer this course again for 2019 after it was sold out, with a long waiting list, when we ran it in April 2018.

The practice of mindfulness helps us to focus on and become engaged with the present moment. By orientating ourselves towards what can be accomplished right here, right now we can challenge notions of success and failure by developing routines and rituals that encourage us to work on what is immediately achievable.

This mindfulness writing course will look at the positive benefits of developing a regular writing practice through journalling, poetry, short fiction and seeing the extraordinary in the everyday.

This course is open to all, including beginners. You don’t need any prior experience of writing or practising mindfulness to attend.



Roz Goddard is a poet and teacher. She is a former poet laureate of Birmingham and has published four collections of poems, the most recent, The Sopranos Sonnets and Other Poems (Nine Arches Press) featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. She won the New Welsh Review’s inaugural micro fiction comp in 2014 and the Interpreter’s House poetry comp in 2015. Recent work has appeared The Emma Press anthology, This is not Your Final Form (2017). A new pamphlet collection, Spill is forthcoming from Flarestack Poets 2017/18.

Roz is currently training for ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Course dates:

Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 12, 19, 26 March and 2 & 9 April 2019.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

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Birmingham and Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street


12 Mar 2019


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm