Writing and movement can seem like polar opposites: one begins with language and the head, the other direct from the body. In this online workshop for young people aged 11 – 16 years, author Sally-Anne Lomas and multi-disciplinary arts producer Sam Ruddock will help you bring mind and body together.

Through writing and movement activities you will explore how breath, posture, and a wide range of movement, from gesture to dance, can shape your writing in new and exciting directions. Simple physical exercises accessible to all will help you access the subconscious, explore new pathways to characterisation, and bring awareness to the physicality of writing itself.

You will discover how to use your body to unlock your creativity and develop engaging characters. So go on, turn off your webcam and get moving with us as we test out new dimensions for your writing.

This workshop is open to anyone who can move any part of their body. You do not need to be physically fit or able-bodied to participate. All exercises will be possible to do while sitting down.

You do not need significant space in which to do this workshop. The space to turn around (in chair or standing up) is useful but not imperative.

You do not need previous experience of movement, dance, or writing, in order to participate in this workshop.

This workshop is offered to celebrate publication of Sally-Anne Lomas’s debut novel, Live Like Your Head’s On Fire, published by Story Machine. For more information on the book, visit

Before the workshop

We encourage you to prepare for the workshop by gathering paper of different sizes and a range of pens (biro, ballpoint, felt tip, pencil, marker pen, etc.)


  • To explore the relationship between words and movement and wellbeing
  • To use movement and bodily sensation as a springboard for writing, and a way of exploring and deepening writing
  • To explore the physicality of language and explore the overlaps between writing and movement
  • To use writing as a prompt for movement
  • To use both movement and writing as a means of self-expression, creativity, and mental health.

By the end of this session you will

  • Have developed tools for creating, understanding, and developing characters, based on simple movement activities.
  • Have explored the physicality of writing, and used automatic writing and improvisation to break away from cliche and habit and develop new approaches to descriptive writing.
  • Have had fun and tried new things in a friendly and supportive environment.



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