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.
A key part of every Devotion workshop is quiet writing time, and Devotion distinguishes itself from traditional creative writing workshops through an emphasis on the practice of writing itself, rather than the workshopping of existing work in progress. Devotion is also an amorphous, queer and open community, built on the generous, enthusiastic and loyal attendees.
Devotion is run by poet and writer Sophie Robinson and writer Rose Higham-Stainton who bring creative, critical and academic experience to the workshops. Sophie founded Devotion on the principles of radical pedagogy. By operating outside the academic institution and offering a fairly priced sliding scale payment model, they are able to sustain and nurture a fluid and inclusive writing space for all.
Sophie Robinson is a poet and writer. She has published three books of poetry, most recently Rabbit (Boiler House Press, 2018). She has taught creative writing for over a decade, most notably at the University of East Anglia, where she has been a Lecturer in Creative Writing since 2014. Sophie has also been published in The Guardian, BOMB, The Quietus, Believer Magazine, Stylist, The White Review and N+1, amongst others. She is currently working on a novel, and is represented by Lisa Baker at Aitken Alexander. She founded Devotion in 2020.