Past Events

Writing Conditions: A Writing and Editing Workshop with Lizzie Homersham

DRN Events – Lizzie  Homersham

  • 23 February 2024
  • 2:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Doctoral Researchers Network (DRN): This is an event for DRN members only
  • Paul Mellon Centre and Online

Join DRN members for a workshop led by writer and editor Lizzie Homersham. We will collectively explore the writing and editing processes within the PhD, with a focus on examining the conditions from which we write: How do our “writing conditions” impact on our work? How can we work with them to sustain a writing practice?

The workshop draws its inspiration from Sarah Tripp’s 2021 book Guitar! which was published by Book Works and edited by Homersham. Written in the midst of becoming a parent, Guitar! “describes the contours and conditions of writing – interrupted, in flashes, or in restless moments through the night” (Book Works, 2021).

Drawing on Sarah Tripp’s work we will consider our own contexts: Are we writing around childcare or other jobs? From within precarious living conditions? Whilst managing chronic health issues?

This workshop is a space to reflect on how our conditions shape our writing as well as how we can work within them to carve out writing time. Beginning with a dialogue between Homersham and Tripp, we will read together, share writing, practise editing and consider the potential of writing support networks that reflect the conditions in which we are working.

Listing image credit: Av. Estados Unidos da América, vários edifícios, n.º64, Lisboa, Portugal. Photograph by Ana Lopes de Almeida (1938). Rights holder Biblioteca de Arte Fundação Caloustre Gulbenkian, Portugal. Reproduction allowed under Creative Commons license.

About the speaker

  • LizzieHomersham is a freelance editor and writer, and a PhD candidate at the University of Westminster (English Literature), where she is researching the work of Bernadette Mayer (19452022), with a focus on politics and form. She has an MA in history of art (Courtauld Institute of Art, 2013), and a BA in modern and medieval languages (University of Cambridge, 2011). From 20152023 she worked as Editorial Assistant, then as Editor at Book Works, a publisher of artists books based in London. From 201617 she participated as a critical studies fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, and presented a symposium paper on empathy and institutional critique. Her arts criticism has been published widely, in Artforum, Art Monthly, The Wire, Another Gaze and elsewhere.