Get inspired this weekend

How can you write without inspiration? You can’t! Why don’t you join us in Whitley Bay library this coming Saturday afternoon for Teenage Kicks, a creative writing workshop inspired by music?

Charming Salon PartyWe’ve all got our favourite songs, pieces of music which instantly transport us back to precious memories – first days of independence, first loves, first taste of the ‘real world’, or even the opposite, taking us back to more innocent times, when our biggest worry was whether our favourite group would have made it to Number One.  

Teenage Kicks: Creative Writing Workshop takes place this coming Saturday, 4th March, at Whitley Bay Library and is run by Jennifer C Wilson and Elaine Cusack. Attendees are  encouraged to  ‘bring along’  favourite songs (mentally only, no CDs needed!), and see where they go when combined with Jennifer’s prompts. 

Jennifer and Elaine  will be sharing songs and pieces of music to conjure up new inspiration, and show how songs can inspire some fascinating moods, characters and plots. 

Charming Salon PartyTeenage Kicks: Creative Writing Workshop Saturday 4th March, St Mary’s room, Whitley Bay library.  Tickets cost £15 . Advance booking recommended. Click here to book


Teenage Kicks!

Welcome to February 2017! And not just any day in February – it is exactly one month today until The Next Page’s next workshop: Teenage Kicks, on Saturday 4th March.

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We’re in our usual spot in Whitley Bay Library, and having found our previous inspiration in words and art, this time we’ll be using music. Come along and be inspired by your favourite pieces, discover some possible new ones, and enjoy plenty more idea to tease out poetry, prose and more.

There’ll be plenty of ideas to spur you on, both during the workshops, and to keep you going at home too.

Tickets are just £15 for the session, 1330-1600, and there may well be biscuits…

Visit the event’s Facebook page to keep up to date with details, or click here to book your place.

The Next Page’s next twelve months

Hello, and Happy New Year – welcome to 2017!

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, and, more importantly, that all those lovely, ambitious Resolutions are still going strong. If they involved ‘start writing’ or ‘write more’ then we are here for you, with our diaries already filling up with plenty of great opportunities to get the ink and inspiration flowing, or, if necessary, get you back on track whether you’ve been away for the Christmas fortnight, or half a lifetime.

One thing we’re really excited to be bringing you, starting on Saturday 21st January, is the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle. Whether you’ve been writing for decades, or want to make your first tentative steps in any form or genre, come along to this FREE event at North Shields Library. We’re seeing this as a great chance for like-minded, ‘writerly’ folk to get together, chat about news, what they’re writing (or want to), and, hopefully, learn something in the process.


Each month (on the third Saturday, dates announced three months in advance), we’ll be having a good chat about the Tyneside / north-east writing scene, we’ll have prompts and, on a regular basis, we’ll have somebody to give you a brief introduction into an aspect of the writing life. We’re delighted to announce the Sue Miller will be our first speaker, talking about her experience of self-publishing and selling her books through Amazon. Sue’s book (20/20 Vision: They didn’t see it coming) has garnered excellent reviews on Amazon, and has recently been featured in Hello! magazine.


Hopefully we’ll see you there, 1100-1300 on the 21st!

Beyond NTWC, we also have our workshops and mentoring, with the next workshop being Teenage Kicks on Saturday 4th March, exploring musical inspiration, and mentoring places available to book for first Saturdays in February and March.

Tickets for all bookable events are, as always, available via our TicketSource page.

And don’t forget to keep following our blog for news items, and special guest bloggers from the writing world…


We’ll look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon!

2016 – A good first year!

Sitting here in December, I cannot quite believe what we’ve managed to organise and achieve since the first ‘proper’ meeting of The Next Page, when Elaine and I took a wander through Jesmond Dene, had tea with Sandy, then hit the town centre to investigate potential workshop venues, and other ideas to look into.

ticketsourceOver a very productive panini and pot of tea in Mark Toney’s (other food-serving venues are available, but are they as lovely?), we decided on the name, and what we wanted to achieve – a series of workshops, a reading event, and mentoring. Six months down the line, we’ve managed to get going with all three.


We have now hosted two workshops, in July and December, and two Pure Fiction events, in July and November, as well as Elaine having hosted numerous one-to-one mentoring sessions.

We’ve had great feedback on our events, and especially enjoyed introducing new writers and their work to you via Pure Fiction. Selfishly, I personally really enjoyed the opportunity to give my first ever reading back in July, and hearing from Sandy, Kitty, Lisa and Carol has been fantastic.

But we don’t intend to rest on our laurels!

We already have our workshop plans in place for 2017, Elaine’s mentoring sessions are being set up, and we are discussing future line-ups for Pure Fiction. There’ll be plenty to keep us busy, and you both inspired and entertained. So keep in touch, and keep popping over to our Facebook and TicketSource pages for the latest information, and to snap up those tickets when they become available.

We look forward to the next year with The Next Page!

Final workshop of the year…

The Next Page’s final creative writing workshop of the year takes place in just over a week on Saturday 3rd December in Whitley Bay’s library. The afternoon workshop is called Ekphrasis workshop: Finding Words in Pictures. The Greeks used ekphrasis to describe writing about art. The aim was to make the reader imagine the work of art as if it were physically present.

jasperWorkshop co-ordinator Jennifer C Wilson takes the word as a springboard for next Saturday’s workshop. Come and find inspiration from paintings, sculpture and other artworks. Jennifer will guide you through a number of exercises and there’ll be chances for feedback throughout the afternoon.

Ekphrasis workshop: Finding Words in Pictures. Saturday 3rd December Whitley Bay library 1.30pm to 4pm Cost: £20. Book your place online




Finding Your Words

When do you give yourself a chance to explore your writing potential?  Hardly ever? Never?

And what excuses do you use to talk yourself out of attending workshops or exploring creative writing mentoring? You tell yourself you haven’t got time or that you can’t afford such luxuries.

This coming Saturday afternoon you can discover, rediscover or recover your creativity with us…and it won’t cost a penny!

The Next Page is hosting a free to attend session in North Shields library. Come along and have a go at writing exercises with Jennifer C Wilson or sign up for mini-mentoring sessions with Elaine Cusack.


Our Finding Your Words session runs from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 15th October in North Shields Library in Northumberland Square. It’s FREE…so you can’t make excuses!

Finding Your Words is part of North Tyneside’s Age Takes Centre Stage festival

The Next Page’s First Page


Welcome to The Next Page’s very first blog post, fuelled, on this rainy Saturday afternoon, by red wine and chocolate crispie cakes. What better way to kick off a creative venture…


It’s been five weeks since our first workshops, and three since the first Pure Fiction, so it felt about right to finally launch our blog. We have plenty of things coming up in the next few months:

  • Saturdays 3rd September / 1st October – Mentoring sessions with Elaine;
  • Saturday 15th October – Age Takes Centre open workshop (more info to follow);
  • Saturday 5th November – Mentoring sessions with Elaine;
  • Saturday 12th November – Pure Fiction featuring Carol Clewlow and L.A. Craig; and
  • Saturday 3rd December – Mentoring sessions with Elaine and Ekphrasis Workshop.

More information, as it becomes available, will be posted here on our blog, on our Facebook page, and tickets will be available on our TicketSource page.