Thursday 15 July 2:00 pm - Tuesday 27 July 4:00 pm

Over the course of two sessions (Thursday 15th and  Tuesday 27th July), Quay Words writer-in-residence and playwright Naomi Westerman teaches a friendly and inclusive workshop on nature writing for performance. This workshop will involve taking a short walk in nature (the walk will be fully disabled accessible), followed by a discussion of various techniques to help you find inspiration, develop ideas, and how to structure and strengthen your writing. Participants will be encouraged to write a piece for performance inspired by something in the natural world, this could be a monologue, a poem, or something else.

The first session will be all about generating ideas and the second workshop will prepare you for a public performance of your work-in-progress at our Quay Voices event.


This session will take place at Exeter Custom House.We will be monitoring the latest Government guidance and following social distancing guidelines at the time of the workshops. We can accommodate tickets for carers or personal assistants if needed. Please email us on after booking to let us know if you would like to book one of these tickets.

Please provide your full name and phone number when booking. Booking a space by using the ‘Book now’ button, you will be securing your place for both sessions.


Naomi Westerman is a playwright and screenwriter and former anthropologist. Her work has been staged at Wilton Music Hall, Vault Festival, High Tide, the Bush Theatre, Graeae, and the Birmingham Rep. She is currently writing for the Bush Theatre and Hampstead Theatre, and has two TV series in development. She is also founder of the feminist theatre collective Little but Fierce, and an advocate for disability representation and access in theatre and TV. She is very excited to be Custom House Exeter’s new Writer in Residence, and to start bringing her lifelong love of nature into her writing.