writers is a beautiful safe womb for creativity. I learnt so much there
about the craft of writing but also about myself as a writer.
Free to explore without judgement, yet with constructive feedback, the
exercises opened up a vault of hidden words and stories within me and
within the other writers. I looked forward to Wednesday nights with great
anticipation and always felt exhilarated afterwards that I'd extended
and stretched myself as an artist.
Matthew's wonderful and unique exercises have given me a tool kit of questions
and stimuli that I have taken away and can use at any time when writers
block comes to visit.
Thank you Matthew for this gift, and for creating such a fabulous environment
and posse of inspiring artists.
- Kim Farrant, Film Director/Writer
The workshops gave me the drive and confidence to experiment with literary
forms and styles with reckless abandon. Matthew's varied and surprising
exercises stimulated all the senses, and his encouragement and the opportunity
to share the creative results with a like-minded group only made the will
to create stronger.
- Rani Nugraha
Your course was one of the most positive, well-administered doses of creative
stimulus I've experienced in a long time. Thanks for that.
- Sophie Jones
Your seemingly innocent exercises were Exocet missiles in disguise, all
delivered low-key... I'm definitely interested in continuing for another
8 week cycle.
Thank you for your encouraging words about my writing. The workshop was
a real stimulus and did make me think that it's time for me to stop THINKING
about writing and actually get words down on paper.
It's been inspiring to pick up the pen again these last couple of weeks...
it's a real pleasure to work in the environment you create... you have
a beautiful way of picking the best out of everyone's work... a gift all
too rare these days in the critics' world.
van den Broek
Matthew is an inspiring teacher: kind, enthusiastic and patient. His own
creativity and passion coupled with a sincere desire to enable others
is obvious in his teaching.
Thank you for inspiring me and bringing writing back into my life.