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Creative Writing Workshop

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People looking at books in the Wellcome Collection viewing room.
Workshop in the Viewing Room, Michael Bowles. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join Katie Hanlon from our library team in a creative writing workshop inspired by items from our collections connected with LGBTQ+ communities. We will be looking at a selection of images and accounts of historical LGBTQ+ lives and imagining a queer utopian future.

You will participate in several activities, such as collaborative writing, word games and readings, to help you think about how to create fictional worlds. You’ll then have a chance to write your own piece inspired by the items you’ve examined.

The workshop is open to all levels, whether you want to have a go at creative writing or you are an experienced writer looking for a spark of inspiration. 



Need to know


We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.

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About your facilitator

Katie Hanlon


Katie Hanlon trained and worked as a teacher and is now a library assistant at Wellcome Collection. Her favourite part of teaching was helping people express their ideas and feelings through creative writing. She reads and writes whenever she can.