Paisley Free Writing Program
with Tawnya Selene Renelle

We have been awarded CHEF funding through OneRen and Future Paisley (Renfrewshire Council) to run a free 6 month long creative writing program. 

This program will include 3 blocks of creative writing workshops to take place on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm at Kairos Women+ in the Embroidery Mill. Registration is required to take part in this program.

It also includes one to one mentorship meetings which will take place twice a month.


We will be hosting monthly open mics and will be sharing details about that soon!


At the end of our program we will be creating an anthology to showcase participant work and will be planning a launch and final celebratory event.

At this time we are taking registration for the first series of workshops, Archive, Museums, and Experimental Memoir and are booking mentorship meetings for Jan-March. 

See below for further details.

To Register for the course and mentorship please follow this link to our google form:

Writing Course January 10th-March 7th

Starts Tuesday January 10th

6-8:00pm at Kairos Women+

Limited to 20 Participants 

As individuals how do we curate, collect, collate, store, and exhibit the experiences that are our life? This course will ask you to enter the imagined archive of your life in order to find the materials for writing. It is designed to provide a new and experimental way into approaching personal narrative, memoir, and nonfiction, but is open to writers of all genres. 

All registered attendees will have access to copies of exercises and a variety of optional materials including book excerpts, videos, music, and more.

We ask that all participants commit to the 8 week series of workshops and while we understand that things may come up throughout the weeks we ask that you plan to attend them all.

Week 1 January 10th: Introductions

What do you know about museums and archival practice? What do you want to know? How will this lens shape your writing?

Week 2 January 17th: The Body Archive

If many of our experiences can be described as embodied how can you archive, collect, and record these experiences?

Week 3 January 31st: Collecting and Memories

In what ways is the act of writing about your memories a practice of collecting? What can you collect from the archive of your experience?


Week 4 February 7th: Missing Archives

How do you gather and create of an archive that doesn't exist? Is it an imagined archive? 

Can your writing fill in the gaps?

Week 5 February 14th: The Object Archive

What are the objects you have curated to create the archive of yourself? What objects do you deem worthy of being housed in your museum? *For this session please plan to bring 3 objects with you to our workshop.

Week 6 February 21st: In The Museum

Now that you have your objects, how will you build your museums? In what ways is your writing a museum?

Week 7 February 28th: Exhibiting Exhibitions

How is your writing the exhibit of your experiences? How do you construct the exhibit that works best for you?

Week 8 March 7th: Skills Workshop

In our last week together we will be exploring editing and what to do with your writing as well as going over performance based skills.

Mentorship Program

On the following dates Tawnya Selene Renelle will be available for one hour slots between 10:30am and 3pm for mentorship meetings:

January 31st

February 14th and 28th

March 14th and 28th

She will meet with 5 people per day. Mentorship can include feedback on creative work, skills development, publication advice, etc. During the first meeting you will discuss with Tawnya what mentorship you require.

To Register for the course and mentorship please follow this link to our google form:

This project is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF).

•The Culture, Heritage and Event Fund is administered by One Ren on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.

It is part of Future Paisley, the council-led programme of events, activity and targeted investment which is using Paisley’s unique and internationally-significant story to change its future.