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(This workshop is aimed at time zone geographies from the United Kingdom, heading east all the way to Sydney, Australia)
Try new techniques, make mistakes, fall over, get back up and make another attempt from a different direction… Just like ‘daily class’ for dancers, this workshop is a safe and supportive space for writers to explore outside their comfort zones, simply because… why not?!
Maybe you’ve barely written at all, but you’d love to give it a go. Maybe you’re curious, and would like to view a familiar form of writing from a fresh perspective. Or maybe you’d like to shift your regular work to another level, by threading in some unexpected elements of voice or style. This is a workshop that allows the flexibility for you to either write calmly and peacefully, or to play and boldly go where you’ve never gone before. All is permitted. And all is strongly encouraged!
After completing his workshop leader training with AWA founder Pat Schneider in 2004, Matthew Curlewis combined elements of his dance background with AWA methodology to create Writers’ Stretch & Tone. This eight week workshop cycle has continually been on offer since the late noughties.
“Dynamic, fun and insightful. The multiple classes I took with Matthew were some of the highlights of a jam packed Write Around the World, where I took as many classes as possible — sometimes multiple daily. I’ve sampled many, I highly recommend!“
— Lindsey-Loon Ricker – WAW 2022 participant
Since growing up in Australia, Matthew Curlewis has worked as a performer-designer-writer on three continents. At his organisation Amsterdam Writers, founded in 2008, he runs the workshops Writers’ Stretch & Tone, Storytelling for Academics, and Elements of Screenwriting. His stories and articles can be found in publications including The Guardian, Time Out, Blume Illustrated, and Wordpeace. Matthew’s short film Brilliance, that screened at numerous international film festivals, is available on Lesflicks, the world’s largest streaming platform of lesbian film content. As a Senior Copywriter his work has included international campaigns for WWF, Emirates, Sony, Gucci, VW, Macy’s, and Amazon Prime.
Matthew is a board member of Books Away from Home, a foundation that supplies books to child refugees, in their native language. Their first project Books for the Youngest Ukrainian Refugees, has already distributed 20,000 Ukrainian-language picture books to refugee children in the Netherlands and Belgium.