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7th February
to 13th March
25 You will earn 25 silver points for completing this activity.
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Join The Writing Lab

7th February to 13th March
The Writing Lab is a five-week programme, exploring why and how we write. Taking place over 5 Wednesdays on campus (7/2, 14/2, 28/2, 6/3, 13/3) 3.00-4.30pm.

We are looking for 12 students from the department of English (on any programme and at any level) to join Dr Sarah Butler (novelist and senior lecturer at MMU’s Writing School) to explore and deepen their relationship with their writing.

We will be looking at process, form, voice, finding joy in our writing practices, and writing as an embodied practice.

Expect conversation, discussion, writing exercises and snacks.

Associated Badges:

In A Nutshell...

  • Explore...your writing practice
  • Develop... tips and practical tools to develop your writing, which you can use within your degree and beyond
  • Enjoy... focus on the pleasure of writing in an informal campus setting with your peers
  • Discuss... why we write and what the process offers us
  • Earn up to 25 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • place 15:00 to 16:30 on 07/02/24 - On campus - venue tbc
    1st of 5 writing lab meetings
    This will be an introductory meeting, getting to know each other and using metaphors to help us understand our writing practices.
  • place 15:00 to 16:30 on 14/02/24 - on campus - venue tbc
    2nd of 5 writing lab meetings
    We'll be thinking about voice and asking how we find and assert our own voices in our writing.
  • place 15:00 to 16:30 on 28/02/24 - on campus - venue tbc
    3rd of 5 writing lab meetings
    We’ll be thinking about how we write with and from our bodies, and exploring the impact of the physical environment on our writing.
  • place 15:00 to 16:30 on 06/03/24 - on campus - venue tbc
    4th of 5 Writing lab meetings
    We’ll be thinking about what different forms offer us as writers. Come with something you’re working on at the minute (essay, story etc.).
  • place 15:00 to 16:30 on 13/03/24 - on campus - venue tbc
    5th of 5 Writing lab meetings
    We’ll be exploring how to find and sustain joy and pleasure in writing.