Writing The Broken Relationship

This summer the Tristan Bates Theatre hosted The Museum of Broken Relationships – an award-winning exhibition of seemingly ordinary yet incredibly poignant objects. Donated by individuals from all over the world, each object tells the story of a past relationship.

I ran a series of writing workshops in collaboration with the Museum –

Taking inspiration from the exhibits, you’ll discover how to use these as a springboard for your own, on-the-spot writing:

How do we substitute objects for emotion, both in life and in writing? 

How do we harness and break open the wealth of stories in the collection? 

Following an initial session at the Actors Centre, where you’ll be provided with prompts and maps, you’ll be exploring the exhibition, hunting down word treasure in the local area, and writing something brand new. Back at the Centre, you will be invited to share your writing for friendly and constructive feedback. By the end of the day, you’ll leave with full notebooks, a renewed passion for writing and boosted confidence in your own ability to tell a tale. 

Whether poet, blogger or fiction writer – from first timers to the experienced – all with a love of words are welcome.

Bring a notebook and pens for your own writing. We’ll be out and about in the Seven Dials local area, so do come prepared for some walking.

Click on the writing the broken relationship page to see what we wrote…

About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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