As a mum, do you find it difficult to think about what you want to write, let alone actually put pen to paper? With the mountain of things we have to do, it might feel like putting time aside to write isn’t a priority. Though writing can be a form of self-care, a way in which to assert your identity as someone other than a mum, to express your voice and to flex the creative part of your brain!
As the creator of MumWrite, a writing programme dedicated to mums, Nikki Dudley has found it has boosted mum’s confidence, their sense of community, their creative output, and given them an excuse to have some time to themselves. During lockdown, Nikki realised there was a real need for something like this.
“As a mum of two children and being a writer myself, I struggled to find opportunities and workshops I could attend due to timings, income, not feeling understood, and finding it hard to be inspired amongst all the madness of motherhood.”
Therefore, MumWrite was born. MumWrite offers a range of different options, all with mums in mind. With MumWrite workshops, they are held in the evenings or at weekends, when it is often easier for mums to find childcare. Though it’s fine if the kids want to come and say hello, or even join for the whole workshop. There’s absolutely no judgement and the most important thing about MumWrite is that everyone understands the everyday pressures mums face.
Nikki is also on hand to offer extra support if any mum is struggling. As a mum, it can feel like you’re always chasing to catch up, which is something that Nikki wanted to help counter with this programme. It’s made by a mum for mums.
Some of the side-benefits of the initial pilot were amazing: increased confidence, friendships and peer support, less isolation, and some described the programme as ‘life-changing.’ A lot of the pilot mums are now submitting work, applying for funding and pulling together collections or longer pieces.
The programme has built bridges nationally (and to Ireland). Not only that, the programme has helped Nikki focus more on her writing and given mums an excuse to sit down and dedicate time to writing, which will hopefully become more habitual. Sometimes if you don’t have time for yourself, you need to create some.
One pilot mum commented, “The programme has been a reminder – a wake-up call even – that I am not only allowed to have a little bit of time for myself, but that I actually need it.”
MumWrite is open again for sign-ups, with the programme beginning in April 2021. MumWrite also runs one-off workshops and offers feedback/mentoring services.
Visit the website or email to find out more.
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As an EEK member, you can get a 10% discount on one-off workshops, the 6 month programme, feedback or mentoring fees for the next three months (ending May 2021)*.
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