Sophie facilitates creative writing workshops for poetry, radio and story development. She has worked with Chicken Shed Theatre, The V&A Museum, Derby Museum, QUAD Derby, Padley Centre, Leicester City Football Club, Nottingham Poetry Festival, Aquarius Recovery Centre, Women’s Work, Derby, Shambala Festival, Unanima, Mansfield and more. Sophie has lectured creative writing at Derby University.

She provides:

  • Full and half day workshops for schools, charities and festivals
  • Workshops for vulnerable people; such as offenders, addicts and the homeless
  • Poetry and creative writing courses
  • Radio workshops on editing, writing and presenting
  • One off talks for writing groups, lectures etc.

Her workshops are certified by The Prince’s Trust. Sophie is also DBS checked. Each workshop is individually tailored towards the needs of the client.

To get in touch about requesting a workshop please email


“Following three author visits, and having undertaken some basic work for National Poetry Day, our More Able students were invited to attend a follow-up session with Sophie.

The session started with a snappy introduction to poetry, presented in a style very accessible and appealing to this Young Adult audience. After a frank and honest debate about poetry, likes and dislikes etc, Sophie encouraged the students to think about how poetry can be created and heard in a variety of settings, genres and medium.

With the creative side of their brains fully engaged, the students were encouraged to consider the topic of the future and how they could present their hopes, fears, dreams and predictions in poetry. Facilitated by Sophie, the students were buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm and, in a short period of time, were eager to perform their pieces of work to the rest of the group. Even the most sceptical students were engaged and happy to share some very profound words.

After the workshop, students went out of the room “buzzing” and with a new found confidence in their ability to produce their own written works of poetical art. Comments ranged from, “that was amazing” to “wow! Let’s do more stuff like this!” One particular student, who had been unsure as to whether she would attend the workshop or not, said, “I am so glad I came. I think poetry is something I will carry on with now. It’s a way of getting lots of my feelings down on paper in a way I will actually enjoy.”

Sophie’s workshop was a definite hit with the students and has opened their eyes to poetry in a fresh and exciting new way. I would certainly recommend it!”  – Georgina Derbyshire, School Librarian/Literacy Support at John Flamsteed Community School

“Sophie brings an approachable, encouraging and nurturing approach to workshops, enabling participants to stretch themselves and try new 
things. With engaging group learning activities and sharing her vast knowledge and experience, with real examples, Sophie really brought our Women Amplified radio course to life and we’ve had great feedback from everyone who took part”
– Vanessa Boon, Chair, International Women’s Day Derby & Co-Chair, Derby Sound

“On the 25th October 2018 Sophie Sparham ran a Creative Writing workshop at 2 Wilson Street as part of the activities that the Recovery Service deliver.

 As part of the Drug, Alcohol and Recovery Services for Derby City, we work with individuals and their families that have been affected by Substance Misuse.

 The 15 clients (ages ranging from 18 upwards) that attended the workshop all went away more positive but also with a knowledge of how important creative writing can be in their own recovery. They felt that the workshop challenged them but also taught them that their brains can be taken to places they never thought possible. Sophie made the workshop engaging with a fun and positive atmosphere that made the clients happy to share their own writings, for some this is the first time that they had ever tried any from or creative writing.

 A number of clients have informed me that they are still writing at home and keeping a journal and are asking if they can have more sessions going forward.” 

  • Jamie GrattonRecovery Network Co-Ordinator


“Awesome workshop, enjoyed it! Great mix of essential tools, can’t believe how much you packed in!” -Emerciana Desouza‏, Quad workshop attendeed

“Massive thank you to Mike and Sophie for coming to do a work shop with us all at The Greens Supported Housing Rehab! I’ve been following Mike on Facebook and find him really inspirational which has helped on the road to recovery he came along with his friend Sophie who is also amazing and inspirational with the work she does they did a little work program with us which we all had fun with and enjoyed I would highly recommend the both of them to any were for there work program … thank you again you guys for coming we hope to see you again soon from all of us at The Greens Sheffield.” – Russell Durow, user of The Greens Supported Housing Rehab


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