It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it with Tommy Rowlands

Let's embrace our shame and write like no one's watching! An in-person workshop, part of Spread the Word's Developing Tutors series

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A playful workshop to get you out of your comfort zone and experiment with dangerous writing. What is dangerous writing? It’s the feeling that you’re saying exactly what you want to say; uncensored, messy, real. It can be terrifying to speak your mind but why write otherwise? 

What will you do in the workshop?

We’ll discuss our fears, as writers and humans. Look at some writers that seem to write fearlessly. Write some embarrassing stuff and have fun poking around in the dirt.  

What can you expect?

Expect filthy writing portals. NSFW discussions about bodily fluids and lots of laughter. We’ll reference work by Paul Beatty, Fernanda Melchor, Garth Greenwell, and Nicholson Baker. No one will be sharing their work so we can all write freely without judgement.  

Who is this workshop for?

Due to the nature of the workshop this is aimed at adults only (18+) and those of a strong constitution. Whilst the atmosphere is playful and irreverent, themes and topics that may be triggering may well arise and we should aim to embrace each other with respect and care. This is open to writers that have a little mileage and especially for those writing literary and creative non-fiction. 

This workshop is part of our Developing Tutors series. 

What is Developing Tutors?

Developing Tutors is a series of free workshops delivered by London Writers Awards writers who are talented writers looking to grow their workshop delivery experience. We ask that you only book for one workshop in this season.  

A note about this being free

This workshop has a limited capacity and is free to you. We ask that you only book a space if you are committed to attending. By doing this, you are supporting Spread the Word to continue to offer free workshops.

Access Notice 

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at hello@spreadtheword.org.uk by 16 August 2022 and we’ll try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.

  • We’ll send through any reading seven days in advance. We can create adapted handouts to writers attending our workshops and events by request.

  • If you have additional access needs or questions, please email us on hello@spreadtheword.org.uk

About Tommy

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Tommy Rowlands is a queer, half-Lebanese, half-Welsh writer. He won a London Writer's award in 2021 for literary fiction.