Write & Shine

Summer Salon

Come along to Write & Shine's first ever Summer Salon!

From 9 to 13 August 2021, we’ll be offering a unique programme of events curated to inspire you this summer. We’ll have brilliant talks from leading voices in nature writing, on creativity and movement, and on renewal and change. Our imaginations will roam free with evenings of thoughtful provocations and mornings of writing inspiration.

The Summer Salon programme offers four distinct events, each in two halves!

Our guest speakers—choreographer Katie Green, novelist Sarvat Hasin and writer Nina Mingya Powles—will lead our evening sessions, then set your alarm to join the group again for a morning workshop led by writer Gemma Seltzer, followed by an hour of independent writing. These unique events aim to capture the edges of dreams and uncover all kinds of hidden ideas.

Participants will also receive a beautiful giclée print of the Summer Salon artwork by illustrator Amelie Persson—plus other delights along the way.

All sessions take place virtually via Zoom, UK time. Limited places. £149. Produced in partnership with the brilliant Bea Colley.

Join us!


Monday 9 August, 7.30-8.30pm

We begin with a relaxing welcome event that takes place just before sunset. Join us with a cup of cocoa (or wine!) for a calming evening of creativity. Guided by Gemma Seltzer, we’ll reflect on the year so far, our hopes for the future and what we need to revive our writing this summer.


Tuesday 10 August, 7.15-9am, followed by optional writing hour (9-10am)

Inspired by a refreshing set of water-themed poems and stories, in the first morning writing workshop we’ll write about lakes, coastlines and waterfalls. A chance to replenish and connect to your creativity this summer.

Writing from Nature

Tuesday 10 August, 7.30-8.30pm

An evening event taking inspiration from the natural world with poet and essayist Nina Mingya Powles, winner of the Nan Shepherd Prize. Her wonderful new book, ‘Small Bodies of Water’, weaves together personal memories, dreams and nature writing.

Writing from Nature

Wednesday 11 August, 7.15-9am, followed by optional writing hour (9-10am)

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful,” says Alice Walker. In this workshop, we’ll consider the scenes, moments, objects, places and people we find beautiful. We’ll write about what both nature and beauty means to us.

Body and Creativity

Wednesday 11 August, 7.30-8.30pm

For this special guest evening event, choreographer and dancer Katie Green joins us to talk about movement, imagination and the relationship between the body and our creativity.

Body and Creativity

Thursday 12 August, 7.15-9am, followed by optional writing hour (9-10am)

In this morning workshop, we’ll make further connections between the body, movement and writing. Prompted by dancers, artists and authors, we’ll write about the stories we hold in our bodies, and how physical gestures and subtle movements inform others who we are.


Thursday 12 August, 7.30-8.30pm

Join us for a special event with Sarvat Hasin, award-winning author of ‘The Giant Dark,’ a beautiful contemporary novel inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. She’ll share thoughts on renewal, change and how she reworked a classic story through retelling.


Friday 13 August, 7.15-9am, followed by optional writing hour (9-10am)

To close the Summer Salon, we’ll continue on our theme of renewal, considering the seasonal cycle. We’ll take as inspiration this quote from Rachel Carson: “There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” You’ll leave with a plan for deepening your commitment to the writing life.