Rejection & Resilience with Emma Lowther

A workshop for writers to explore how they handle rejection and build resilience in their creative careers. An online workshop, part of Spread the Word's Developing Tutors series

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In the creative industries theres a success bias. We hear about those who’ve made it and succeeded against all odds. But that’s not always helpful when we face rejection and struggle to cope. As writers, we will all experience rejection at some point and need to call upon our reserves of resilience. This workshop explores how. 

What will you do in the workshop?

In the workshop we will explore: 

  • The ongoing nature of resilience  

  • The need for self-care or ‘Convalescence’ periods to reflect on what’s been learned, gained or what we need to let go of when we face rejection 

  • Building a toolkit of coping techniques  

What can you expect?

Through a series of short exercises and discussion, writers will explore how to cope with rejection and build resilience. Exercises will include: reframing failure by creating a submissions log, creating a ‘Creative Convalescence’ plan, and examining worse case scenarios. 

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for writers who are ready to show others their work. This might include presenting work to friends, or submitting to competitions, agents or publishers. 

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 

  • This workshop is auto-captioned.

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at hello@spreadtheword.org.uk by 12 July 2022 and we’ll try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.

  • All our online events have a relaxed format; you are welcome to take breaks at any point and turn your camera off. All our online sessions have breaks.

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

  • Our online workshops and events take place on Zoom. As standard, we will send the weblinks to participants a week in advance. If you require the dial in phone number, email us hello@spreadtheword.org.uk and we can send it through to you. Please take a look at Zoom’s accessibility info: https://zoom.us/accessibility/faq#faq1

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

About Emma

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Emma Lowther is a Northern writer living in London. She was a recipient of a London Writers Award in 2021. She trained as a performer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has since worked as an actor, comedian and voiceover artist alongside juggling zero-hours jobs as a waitress, cinema usher and customer service punchbag. As someone who’s bounced between two of the most competitive creative industries – writing and acting – Emma’s experienced her fair share of rejection. She now splits her time between performing, copywriting and working on her novel.

Instagram & Twitter: @EmRoLow