What’s Your Story?
Global Wordsmiths is a CIC (Community Interest Company).
Global Wordsmith’s community work involves delivering writing projects to marginalised and under-served individuals and groups (children & young people, NEETs, LGBTQ, elderly, mental health issues, abuse survivors) across Nottinghamshire. Our key objectives are:
1) Get people writing! Educate and improve literacy skills.
2) Positive experience of engaging in informal learning.
3) Reduce stigma/negative feelings associated with marginalised groups.
4) Developing self-esteem and self-confidence.
5) Develop transferable skills for employment and effective communication.
6) Improve social and psychological health and well-being
In the Global Wordsmiths workshops, which are six to eight week programs, we meet with groups of up to ten and get them writing. We talk about the elements of craft while each participant learns to write about their personal experiences. These workshops are often cathartic, form amazing group support, and create a sense of accomplishment and well-being in every writer.
At the end of the workshop, the individual pieces of writing are edited and collated into a book. The book is then launched at Waterstones, where the participants in the project are welcome to read portions of their stories. The book is a way of reaching out; by telling their stories, they can reach out to other people who may have experienced/be experiencing similar paths in life. By giving voice to the silenced, we obtain catharsis through creativity and pass it on to others. Many of the participants in these workshops go on to join further writing-related groups (such as the Nottingham Writer’s Studio, writing workshops, and the WEM Writing Conference).
If you are interested in developing a writing project partnership with Global Wordsmiths for your organisation, in order to foster a place of safe creativity and accomplishment, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Global Wordsmiths projects include:
- Life’s Whispers: Journeys to the Hospice. Stories from both patients and staff of Nottinghamshire Hospice.
- Defining Moments: Stories from a Place of Recovery. A mixed media project with members of Double Impact, an organisation helping with drug and alcohol issues.
- Making Headway: Living with Traumatic Brain Injury. Stories from members of the organisation Headway, who help those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
- Women’s Stories, Women’s Voices. A project that brought together stories of women’s survival and power from all over the world. In partnership with NIDAS, who work with people living with domestic violence.
- Working in partnership with Trans4me in Nottingham, trans youth
- Patriotic Voices: Stories of Service. A project with those who have served in the military, as well as their families.
- From Surviving to Thriving: Reclaiming Our Voices. A project for those who have survived childhood sexual abuse, showing others it is possible to not only survive, but thrive.
- Don’t Look Back, You’re Not Going That Way (in partnership with Human Camera). A project for those experiencing mental health related unemployment.
- Peace by Piece (in partnership with the Nottingham Women’s Centre). A project for the women utilizing the Nottingham Women’s Centre, to share journeys from all walks of life.
- Speaking OUT (in partnership with OUTburst at NGY). A project with young people aged 13-20, to give voice to young LGBTQ people.
- Late OUTbursts (in partnership with the Nottingham County Council). A project with the LGBTQ over-50’s, to develop community and reduce isolation.