As a writer and an artist I am naturally drawn to working with objects; many of my published stories centre on an object, painting or artist. My MA Writing the Visual was unlike any other creative writing course in the country, directed by the internationally acclaimed poet, George Szirtes, it felt tailor made for me. Set in an art school, my cohort was a fascinating mix of painters, sculptors, photographers who had also developed a passion for writing.
After graduating I was invited to work at Norwich Cathedral and the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts and so my association with iconic buildings, collections and artefacts began. I soon discovered that teaching creative writing with the support of a team of interpreters and guides has a remarkable effect on novice writers. The stumbling block for many writers is the lack of a stock of thought–provoking ideas. Removed from the burden of having to come up with ‘inspiration’ to order, they are enticed into discovering stories through research and contact with objects and the local environment. This is the perfect way to gain confidence, inspiration arrives, anxiety dissolves and enthusiasm takes over. Research is the writers’ friend; stories are prised from the past or an imagined future, crafted, honed and shaped — this is literary alchemy.
In September I will be embarking on another creative journey with a new group of students at Wells Maltings. Together we will explore the history of the building, the local and coastal environment, if you would like to participate or need further information please use the links below.
For more information www.patriciamullin.com
A ten week course beginning Tuesday 18th Sept 10-12.30am Wells Maltings. Early booking is advised.
For bookings https://wellsmaltings.savoysystems.co.uk/WellsMaltings.dll/