With a love for writing in unusual spaces - from cafés and art galleries, to zoos and park benches - and 20 years of teaching writing, I make maps for writers!
Hi, I'm Shaun and I create Writing Maps in collaboration with artists and illustrators from around the world. The maps are devised to suit writers of all levels and interests. Each Writing Map includes several writing prompts and story ideas to inspire creative explorations of the city, the home, characters in fiction and life in general.
Drawing on twenty years of teaching experience and my own writing practice as a novelist, I bring my love of writing in unusual and everyday places, especially in the company of other writers, to create what I hope will be playful and thought-provoking prompts and writing activities.
I hope the Writing Maps will be your inspiration for stories, novels, autobiographical writing, blog posts and journalism. They're easy to carry around - it's a bit like having a creative writing workshop in your pocket or bag. They make a great gift for writers and anyone with an interest in sharing stories.
Maps to help you get lost in writing!
The “evolution” of Writing Maps all came about quite organically. I’ve always been interested in the writing that happens away from the writing desk, away from home, in art galleries, parks, cafés, and public buildings. After twenty years of teaching creative writing, I'd been thinking about putting together a book out of everything I’ve taught and discovered about writing, but I wanted to do it in a different way, not necessarily in book form.
When I started leading writing workshops outdoors, I became fascinated with maps, not just street maps to guide you round the city, but creative maps that are intimate and personal, that depict a private experience of the city, of life in general! I joined the ideas together: teaching writing, writing in public places and an intimate response to the world by mapping it, then I worked with some amazing illustrators from around the world and together we created these Writing Maps!