Ecopoetry & wild writing workshops
Drawing on her own practice, Helen runs 'Wild Ways to Writing', an online mentoring programme taking people on a creative writing journey into deeper Nature connection. She also offers bespoke onsite group workshops / retreats, guiding participants with a range of prompts, techniques and perspectives in outdoor settings.
In July 2019 Helen ran 'Writing the Land, Writing the Sea', a highly successful writing holiday for HighlandLIT members in Cromarty, Scotland. This blogpost was written by one of the participants.
Helen has collaborated with a range of organisations to deliver memorable experiences that combine creativity and ecology, including with the University of Gloucestershire, where she led an onsite seminar and workshop for undergraduate students of Ecolinguistics entitled 'Art for Earth's Sake: Using poetry to change the world'. Bristol University commissioned her to run a presentation on the roles of psychogeography and research in her creative practice. And for Arts University Bournemouth she led an online workshop on 'Ecopoetry & Wild Writing: A Co-creative Practice'.
As well as working with adults, Helen enjoys inspiring children and young people aged 9 upwards, offering 3D ecopoetry workshops, where participants are not only guided to write ecopoems, but also to create books/sculptures from recycled materials to display their words. In 2017 she worked with primary school children as part of Glasgow Climate Week at the Mitchell Library, funded by Scottish Book Trust.
Teaching creative writing skills & supporting wellbeing
Helen has been teaching poetry and creative writing for more than a decade. Settings for her workshops have included schools, libraries, hospitals, gardens, woodlands, orchards, and in community education. In her work with adults, she has facilitated themed workshops through her programme ‘Reading and Writing Poetry’, with a focus on reading a wide selection of poetry from across the centuries and in translation from other cultures.
She has also worked individually with students, mentoring their creative development and helping them to find their authentic voices and hone their craft. And from 2015-16 Helen ran a successful ‘Poetry Surgery’, with participants meeting monthly in the function room at Frome's Three Swans pub to workshop poems.
Additionally Helen has extensive experience of working in the field of socially engaged arts, often in healthcare settings. Whilst based in Scotland 2016-18, she worked with Scottish Recovery Network to support a peer-led group using creative writing to support their wellbeing.
Helen was also commissioned to work with Somerset-based film-maker Howard Vause in creating poetry film workshops with various groups, including adults with dementia and teenagers with autism.
Helen with participants on 'Writing the Land, Writing the Sea', a HighlandLIT writing holiday, July 11th-14th 2019,
in Cromarty, Scotland
“Helen was a wonderful facilitator. She was calm, attentive and listened to everyone and considered the needs and individual requirements of all participants. Inspiring and exciting to listen to. Thank you.”
- Jennifer, participant on 'Writing the Land, Writing the Sea'
“Helen ran the course brilliantly. I felt confident not only in contributing to the group and sharing my work but also to try new things. I felt comfortably encouraged to explore new areas of writing and loved the way it challenged me.”
- Participant on 'Writing the Land, Writing the Sea'
“A brilliant writing holiday – Helen led a number of inspiring and thought-provoking workshops, was generous with her time, provided some very useful cross references to texts relevant to the course and was a careful listener. I also very much enjoyed the readings that Helen offered and the sharing and discussion that took place with the group.”
- Participant on 'Writing the Land, Writing the Sea'
“Helen gently leads, inspires and provides space for all. I left feeling nourished, positive and optimistic to face the future, not just as a writer, but as a person.”
- Jayne Austin, participant on 'Writing the Land, Writing the Sea'
"Helen has been an inspirational teacher, offering her insights and advice with tact and patience. She taught us how to craft a poem, how to develop it or pare it down; she showed us what to look out for and what to avoid. In short, she gave us the tools that would help us express ourselves better. It was striking to witness, over the months, the progress made by many in the group! As for me, I feel I have now at my disposal a new means of expression that complements my work in prose."
- - B Anne Adriaens, Poetry Surgery
"Helen Moore's warm and welcoming personality combined with her passion for poetry and expert knowledge, make classes both enjoyable and rewarding for those attending. I attended Helen's classes over a four year period and students were given support and encouragement at every ability level within the group."
- Colin Coles, Reading and Writing Poetry
"Helen recently led a three hour workshop at the University of Gloucestershire, which included video poetry, performance and writing activities for students. This workshop was a great success, with very positive feedback from students. Helen’s skills lie not just in her ability to write captivating books, essays and poetry, but also in being about to perform her works in highly engaging ways, and communicate the deeper meanings of the works to the audience through excellent social skills."
- Dr Arran Stibbe, University of Gloucestershire