Apples and Snakes presents: The Writing Room with Rachel Long

The Writing Room is Apples and Snakes’ free development space for emerging poets and spoken word artists, aged 18-25 years old.

Over the course of six workshops, participants will come together, share ideas, hone their skills and, most importantly, write! This 6 week course is designed to take you through the whole process of writing a poem – from the genesis of an idea and using different writing forms, to discovering the sound of your poems and revisiting and editing your work, as well as having the platform to showcase your work at the end! The course is developed around the idea of reducing the amount of guesswork in your writing and to encourage and inspire craft and creativity.

Facilitated by poet and facilitator of Octavia Collective, Rachel Long, The Writing Room will put you through your paces and engage in an exciting range of creative exercises that will challenge, encourage and inspire your work as an artist.

This year, The Writing Room will be feeding into ‘This Is Private’ – a season of work at Free Word Centre exploring all aspects or what privacy means today, from the public, to the personal and governmental.

Alongside Rachel, two of the sessions will be facilitated by guest artists who will share their expertise.

Session dates:

Session 1: Thursday 25 October, 6.30-9pm
Session 2: Tuesday 30 October, 6.30-9pm
Session 3: Thursday 8 November, 6.30-9pm
Session 4: Tuesday 13 November, 6.30-9pm
Session 5: Tuesday 20 November, 6.30-9pm
Session 6: Thursday 29 November, 6.30-9pm

The Writing Room Takeover: This Is Private – Tuesday 4 December


The Writing Room is Apples and Snakes’ only development programme specifically aimed at 18-25 year olds. If this doesn’t apply to you, do check out our other Artist Development opportunities, which are open to everyone.