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Tue, 04 Jul



Tender and Fierce| Writing with Self-Care and Determination | 2 Part Course | Limited 12 Places | £20

Join queer writer Andrew Kauffman, writer in residence at the Centre for Mental Health, in two playful workshops focussing on self-care and resilience for LGBTQIA+ writers. Suitable for writers at all levels and writing in any genre.

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Tender and Fierce| Writing with Self-Care and Determination | 2 Part Course | Limited 12 Places | £20
Tender and Fierce| Writing with Self-Care and Determination | 2 Part Course | Limited 12 Places | £20

Time & Location

04 Jul 2023, 19:00 – 21:00 BST


About the Event

Workshop dates

Tuesday 4th July 7pm-9pm

Tuesday 11th July 7pm-9pm

The Course

A facilitated & interactive workshop that provides participants with a safe and inclusive space to pause from other commitments, reflect on what energises or lifts them when they write, how as writers they can minimise self-criticism, and how to exercise self-care and resilience specifically as an LGBTQIA+ writer.

Writing is hard enough without also having to worry about whether our stories, experiences and poems are of high enough quality, or safe, to share. This playful workshop is a place to forget all these worries and reconnect with what makes you love writing, what drives you, and what you want to worry about less in the future as you express yourself through writing.

  • Our comfortable, safe places - Coaching tips using an approach in psychology called NLP, connecting you to an uplifting image or memory that can ´anchor´ you as you prepare to write
  • Identifying our different writing energies - An audiovisual exercise to help you settle into, or adjust to, different writing ´moods´ however you might be feeling
  • Showing yourself tenderness and self-compassion as a writer - A self-reflection exercise to map your current writing beliefs, to understand your reactions to rejection, what your personal boundaries are when writing, and to consider your ideal writing conditions for the future
  • Inspirational texts to fire us- Reading samples on authenticity and resilience from James Baldwin and Audre Lorde followed by a workshop discussion on being ourselves as LGBTQIA writers
  • Our fierce selves - An interactive exercise confronting your inner critic, mapping why you want to continue writing, with a space for peer to peer feedback
  • Expressing ourselves - A playful writing exercise exploring your creative potential with a space for peer to peer sharing

Specific funding from Arts Council England has enabled us to subsidise our standard ticket price.

Partial Bursaries

Limited places are available for writers who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend.  To request a bursary, please email

About Andrew Kauffmann

Andrew's writing has been featured in Polari Press’s Creating in Crisis anthology, Litro Online, Mechanics Institute Review and Untitled: Writing. He is the upcoming Writer in Residence for 2023/24 with the Centre for Mental Health, is a teacher of Queer Storytelling for London Lit Lab and was shortlisted in 2022 for The Literary Consultancy's Pen Factor award. He was a winner of the 2021 Spread the Word and Scribe UK competition for works of narrative non-fiction and in 2020 he was a winner of The Literary Consultancy’s LGBT+ Free Reads competition. A freelance journalist, his articles on queer life have been published by HuffPost UK, and as a coach, he uses expressive and therapeutic writing in his coaching practice.

Pronouns: He/his/him

Twitter: @JKaye82

Instagram: andrew.kauffmann.writes


  • Standard Ticket

    This ticket covers both two-hour workshops. Partial Bursaries are available for those writers who would otherwise be unable to attend. To request a bursary, please email

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