National Poetry Day at The Bay Trust

I’m delighted to be working alongside talented poets and writers on 3rd October in the beautiful surroundings of The Bay Trust. Join us for a fabulous day of wanderings, workshops, poetry readings and inspiring activities to celebrate National Poetry Day 2019.

Click on the booking link to reserve your ticket.

We look forward to welcoming you.

GARY STUDLEY – Core (1.00 – 2.15pm)Combining for inspiration the National Poetry Day theme of Truth and the wonderful landscapes & buildings of St Margaret’s Bay Trust, let’s create, celebrate & take home some personal seeds of new writing to nurture.

SUE EMM – Wandering with Words (2.30-3.30pm)
Connect and respond to The Pines Garden at this Wandering with Words creative writing workshop. You will be provided with a variety of simple writing prompts to guide your attention on a gentle wander. There will be time to pause, discover, reflect and release a flow of your own words. (NB In the event of bad weather I will bring the outside in, through a selection of sensory prompts)

DEREK SELLEN & MARY ANNE SMITH – Speaking of the Sea. (4.00-5.00pm)
We shall share our own and others’ writing about the sea. Then you will have the opportunity to share your experiences of the sea and/or of coastal communities and to work towards a poem, memoir or story.

National Poetry Day
October 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm £4 – £10




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Writing Haven Writing Workshops at the Westgate Literary Festival 2019

Writing Haven in collaboration with the Westgate Literary Festival 2019 are proud to announce two workshops running as part of the festival.

Please Note: 50% of each ticket sale will go to support

“Tackling Stigma and Promoting Mental Health Recovery” 

These writing workshops will take place at Changing Minds Social Inclusion Centre: Grenville Lodge, 64, Westgate Avenue, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8SN

Relax into guided writing sessions with experienced creative writing & wellbeing tutor, Sue Emm. These workshops are suitable for curious beginners and experienced writers. Sue’s nurturing approach to the creative process will provide a haven for your words to flourish and thrive. Please bring notebook & pen. (or preferred electronic writing device)


JustWrite at Changing Minds
10:00-11:30 15th September 2019

Gentle guided freewriting exercises with experienced creative writing & wellbeing tutor, Sue Emm. You will be provided with multi-sensory prompts & objects with a Westgate-on-Sea twist.
£10 (50% of ticket price to Changing Minds, Kent)

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Sense of Place at Changing Minds
12:00-1:30 15th September 2019

Immerse yourself in a guided creative writing session, using local maps, photographs, newspapers and postcards from the past & present. Discover & deepen your relationship with Westgate-on-Sea.
£10 (50% of ticket price to Changing Minds, Kent)

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The Time is Write – 3 June 2019

The Time is Write: 3 June 2019
10 fabulous writers created…
10 new characters and brought them to life on the page,
placed them in a setting,
walked them through a typical day,
invented an enemy or personal conflict
and started writing stories that I hope will continue…
Thank you so much to each of you for choosing The Time is Write and for your brave & inspired participation this afternoon.
It was a pleasure and privilege to work with you today.

The Time is Write – 3 June SOLD OUT – New classes available


The first class on Monday 3 June is now SOLD OUT!

Follow on  The Time is Write classes are available in July on Monday afternoons & September on Wednesday afternoons

Contact me for more details  at:

  • by text or telephone: 07863878766

Sue Emm, Creative Writing & Wellbeing Tutor 




Welcome to The Writing Haven.

You have stories to tell and poetry in your soul. If only you could get your words on the page. You need a nurturing space and some guidance in a small, friendly group of like-minded people.

You need a tutor with experience who will listen and provide encouragement, every step of the way. If only you could find a class or workshop like this, you’d sign up and take that first step.

Choose from classes, workshops and events. Find something that is right for you.

  • The Time is Write
  •  Words for Wellbeing
  •  Wandering with Words