Devotion: Night School

The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity.

— Hildegaard von Bingen

Join us on Thursday nights for a six week semester taking us to the end of Spring. During these early evening sessions we will be exploring the power of the hermit, loneliness, solitude, quiet, stillness, emptiness, trance states, euphoria, synaesthesia, and ritual.

Prompts will be inspired by poetry, prose, film and music from gnostics, mystics and weirdos, including David Lynch, Hildegaard von Bingen, Alice Notley, Sun Ra, James Baldwin, Yoko Ono, Wong Kar Wei and other surprises.

As always, there will be a mixture of watching, reading, listening, talking and writing, and as always there’s no preparation or homework, just bring yourself and your writing instruments of choice. We will never put you on the spot or ask you to share what you’ve just written, but there will be opportunities each week to speak to the group, to communicate with each other and, in the final week, to share a bit of your own work in a closing ritual.


Please note, times are in GMT and daylight saving hours. Please check the world clock in advance.

Thu 21 Apr 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thu 28 Apr 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thu 5 May 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thu 12 May 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thu 19 May 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thu 26 May 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

In order to nurture a regular writing practice, and a sense of community, we encourage attendees to come every week and are offering tickets for the entire term only. We will continue to offer a sliding scale, based on trust and kindness, and hope this offers people a fair pricing system dependent on their availability and income.

Pricing structure:

We are offering a limited amount of full price tickets that include a 121 with Sophie on your writing practice.

We are offering a full price ticket for waged attendees.

We are offering a non means-tested concession price based on trust.

We are also offering two scholarship places and one scholarship +121 with Sophie, which have now been allocated and you will receive an email shortly if you've been allocated one.


Nurturing a writing practice

Devotion is a practice-based creative writing workshop that nurtures writing practices through communal writing sessions that foster accountability, solidarity and collective learning. Through a mixture of writing prompts (inspired by poetry, novels, films, music, memoirs and more) and open discussion, writers of any level from absolute beginner to published authors can explore new techniques and themes.


'When we write together and read together, it feels congregational, it feels like a ritual necessary in the world right now. Sophie and Rose seem to tap into something elemental and free something in us all.'

'Devotion does something that nothing else has ever done for me in my writing and has changed me in other more spiritual senses too. The space is nurturing and allows for everybody to be who they need to be on any given day and the pricing structure means I can attend without worry, which is amazing.'

‘On the last day of Devotion I actually wrote a page length poem that was an actual poem. and it didn't totally suck it actually sounds like my voice, i touched the chords of my own song and even tho its a groggy 7am song its still the sound of it and that experience was like the most crazy insane breakthrough and i cried a lot and have been writing almost everyday since.’ 

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