So…why Shetland?

Hi there! This is my first blog post for our event but it’s also my first blog post ever!

If you’ve already had a look around our fabulous blog and Twitter pages (how talented is my co-host?!) you’ll know our main theme is home.

So…why home?

I don’t know about you but I can spend all day staring at a blank page, and all the words and dictionaries in the world cannot put a word on the page. This is something all writers can relate to. We need inspiration. The words and stories we tell have to come from somewhere. But where? Thankfully, there is a place that we can all go to for inspiration. A place where writers, no matter where they’re from, can go to to create their masterpiece: Home.

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Even if that bare piece of paper has haunted you for days, if I asked you to describe your home I bet you could put pen to paper. A story, good or bad, would appear on your page. It may not be the place you were born but wherever you call home, share it with us. Come along to our event and share and be inspired by all the places of Home.

Now, why Shetland?

Shetland is my home. It’s not where I live now but it’s my home. It’s in a place called Voe, in a white house tucked in-between hills with the Atlantic Ocean touching the front garden.

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There are so many reasons why this place is special:

  • Otters and seals following me while I walk my dog
  • The pier, which is home to a particularly aggressive Tern
  • The ocean freezing as far out as the eye can see
  • A small shack in the middle of the Voe which is home to a lone man.

This place is my home and, whether it was for a university assignment, or a description in a novel, you’d be amazed how many times I’ve used it as inspiration.

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Shetland, the wildlife, the landscape, the old traditions, or the close community, is a place unlike any other. Join us for our event and discover what makes this place special and how it can inspire you.

In future blogs I’ll post more photos and write about how Shetland can inspire anyone, but most importantly you, to pick up your pen and write.

Kirsten

Shetland Create is a teen writing workshop and literary event filled with stories, music, food and ceilidh dance hosted in Lerwick, Scotland at Shetland’s Mareel Auditorium on 2 April, 2016 by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.

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What’s Up Next?

Kirsten and I have been working hard to make Shetland’s Night of Creativity the best it can be. Kirsten has been busy securing a caterer, finding a ceilidh musician (Did I mention we’re now having a ceilidh!? Can’t wait!), and reaching out to the local press. I’ve been boosting up our Twitter (we’re at 50+ followers now!), prepping our Crowd Funder website (we need 1500 pounds to make this night a success — I’ll definitely keep you posted about this!), and drafting a marketing and publicity plan. It’s been busy days, especially since we started classes at the University of Glasgow this week for our second semester of our Masters programme in creative writing.

Thanks for following our progress, and we’ll keep you posted as things progress.

Look out for our Crowd Funder project (coming soon!), where you can donate to help make the night a great success.

Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.

Find us on Facebook.

And if you’re a writer or musician from Shetland, Tweet us to be featured here on the blog.

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Shetland’s Night of Creativity is a teen writing workshop and literary event filled with stories, music, food and dance hosted in Lerwick, Scotland at Shetland’s Mareel Auditorium on 2 April, 2016 by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.

Inspiration for Chilly Days

It’s been getting colder here in Glasgow, but the preparations for our Shetland’s Night of Creativity are warming up. We’ve reached 30 Twitter followers, wrote our first press release, prepared our Crowd Funder funding project (to go live in a couple weeks!), and began work on our video blog. It’s been very busy but very fun. So here’s a little creative inspiration from Jerry Salz, whose talk at the Art Institute of Chicago was full of creative advice and guidance.

-Make more of what you're already making-

Shetland’s Night of Creativity is a teen writing workshop and literary event filled with stories, music, food and dance hosted in Lerwick, Scotland at Shetland’s Mareel Auditorium on 2 April, 2016 by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.

Be Featured on the Blog

If you’re a Shetland writer, artist, or musician, send us a Tweet @ShetlandCreate to be featured here on the blog. While we spread the word about our event, we want to support the local creative scene.

Calling All

Photo credit (modified): Reading Tom on Flickr

Shetland’s Night of Creativity is a teen writing workshop and literary event filled with stories, music, food and dance hosted in Lerwick, Scotland at Shetland’s Mareel Auditorium on 2 April, 2016 by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.

 

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a joyful and creative new year!

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Shetland’s Night of Creativity is a teen writing workshop and literary event filled with stories, music, food and dance hosted in Lerwick, Scotland at Shetland’s Mareel Auditorium on 2 April, 2016 by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.

Ready to Get Started

Hi everyone!

We’re Kirstin and Angie, postgraduate creative writing students at the University of Glasgow.

We’re excited to announce our ‘Night of Creativity‘ an event filled with music, art, and stories at Lerwick’s Mareel Auditorium on the Shetland Islands this April.

We chose Shetland because of its natural beauty and its close-knit creative community. We think it’s the perfect place to explore the meaning of home.

The day will begin with a teen writing workshop, where we’ll guide local students on storytelling through prose and poetry.

In the evening, we’ll host the ‘Night of Creativity’ which will feature readings and interviews of renowned writers from the around the world, music performed by local Shetland musicians, and of course the presentation of the kids’ creative work.

And our journey doesn’t end after this night.

We’re collecting the stories read at the event into a literary anthology.

The night will be filled with food, fun, stories, music, and tons of creative energy! Hope to see you there.

Shetland’s Night of Creativity is a teen writing workshop and literary event filled with stories, music, food and dance hosted in Lerwick, Scotland at Shetland’s Mareel Auditorium on 2 April, 2016 by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.

Introducing…

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Shetland’s Night of Creativity is a teen writing workshop and literary event filled with stories, music, food and dance hosted in Lerwick, Scotland at Shetland’s Mareel Auditorium on 2 April, 2016 by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate.