Writing Through Movement

Writing Through Movement
22 Apr 2021 at 05:00 pm
22 Apr 2021 at 07:30 pm
£15; £25 including a signed copy of the book. BAW member discounts available

Please note that this event is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email

Live Like Your Head’s On Fire – A Writing Through Movement Workshop

Online workshop. 2.5 hours. Tickets £15 or £25 including a signed copy of the novel 

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 YA 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 offered to celebrate publication of Sally-Anne Lomas’s debut novel, Live Like Your Head’s on Fire, published by Gatehouse Press in February 2021. 

In this workshop we will…

  • Explore the relationship between words and movement and wellbeing
  • Use movement and bodily sensation as a springboard for writing, and a way of exploring and deepening writing. 
  • Explore the physicality of language and explore the overlaps between writing and movement. 
  • Use writing as a prompt for movement. 
  • 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. 

Before the workshop

Places are limited to 20 for this workshop, for optimal interactivity. It is open to anyone aged 16+. There is no upper age limit. Please wear comfortable clothes. 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.) Whatever you have to hand is fine, so please don’t worry too much about this. We will not be doing any strenuous exercise in this workshop, but you may wish to have a glass of water to hand.

Accessibility note

  • This workshop will be hosted on Zoom and a stable internet connection is recommended.
  • 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. 
  • Optional (automated) closed captions will be available.


Sally-Anne Lomas lives and writes in Norfolk. Live Like Your Head’s On Fire is her debut YA novel published in February 2021 by Gatehouse Press. She has been a runner up in the Bridport short story completion, won the Richmond short story completion and written for The Guardian, The New Statesman, and Broadcast Magazine. She works as a television producer director making documentaries for BBC, ITV, C4 and Animal Planet. She wrote, produced, and directed The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich a 60 min Documentary for BBC 4 which was winner of the Royal Television Society East Best Factual Programme Award 2017. She is Creative Director of Cloth of Kindness – a textile art health and well-being charitable organisation working in hospitals, with mental health institutions, cancer centres, and with domestic abuse refuge centres.

Sam Ruddock is a publisher with Gatehouse Press, Director of Story Machine Productions, Programme Producer at National Centre for Writing, and a freelance editor, coach, and fundraiser. He started his career as a bookseller, is a Clore Leadership Fellow, and can usually be found trying to work while a dog sprawls sleepily across his lap. Twitter: @samruddock 


This workshop is hosted by The Literary Consultancy, in partnership with Story Machine Productions, Gatehouse Press, and Arts Council England, whose funding has allowed us to offer tickets at a highly subsidised rate.

Book Tickets
Please note that signed copies of the book can be posted only to addresses in the UK. If you are a member of the TLC ‘Being A Writer’ platform, please select the ‘Being A Writer ticket option’ to claim your discount. Interested in membership? Sign up here.

Please note that this event is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email

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