“Now, I’ve been to writing workshops before where we’re all sat in rows facing the front (fingers on lips, looking at the backs of other’s heads) while a tutor talks away and we all take notes with maybe a couple of writing exercises here and there. ‘Flying with Words’ was the complete opposite. Everyone sat in a large square with Jacq fully immersed in the middle so that everyone could see her and each other.
Armed with her trusty kitchen timer (how many workshoppers stopped off at Tesco to buy one on your way home?!), Jacq fired off exercise after exercise, instigated paired and group discussions, and delivered plenty of helpful advice, tips and handouts. The workshop was centred around the actual art of writing rather than deliver a talk about writing.”