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A critically acclaimed singer songwriter who has relocated from London to Lynn is encouraging female songwriters to join her free workshops online.

The series of free workshops are on offer in May focusing on creative principles of writing and creating songs, for women who are interested in learning about the process.

From May 23-27 the free five day workshops will take place live from 11am and 12 noon in the Create Now Academy Facebook group.

Sarah Gillespie performing. (53709102)
Sarah Gillespie performing. (53709102)

Participants will learn how to write songs using five creative principles.

These include developing writing and performance by using feeling, empathy, risk, spontaneity and the musicality of language.

The workshops are designed to help women become singers and songwriters, learning the skills needed within the music industry and confidence in their own ability.

Sarah Gillespie pictured here in the publication of Eastcote Productions Ltd. (56358580)
Sarah Gillespie pictured here in the publication of Eastcote Productions Ltd. (56358580)

Sarah said: "I do think many women, despite being politically aware, still feel immense imposter syndrome. I've been floored by how ubiquitous that is, the constant question of am I good enough.

"Through mentoring I am teaching women to write honestly, instead of from the compulsion to people please and to write and finish songs in ways they wouldn't normally do in songwriting and how to uplevel a career in music."

Speaking to the Lynn News, Sarah shared some amusing stories of her experiences in the industry which as a musical comedian I could identify with.

Working as a mentor her programs aim to de-stigmatise the narrative that women are not funny, or unable to create a career and have a family too.

Sarah said: "Our culture loves the story that to be a successful woman in the arts there is a huge cost, usually the ability to create a stable family.

"You only have to look at examples such as Sylvia Plath, Amy Winehouse that the narrative needs to be about torment and isolation, there has to be agony in their life.

"Courtney Love for example, and women in the Punk movement, the view is that you can be talented but let's see what it does to you, love.

"Women have a collective fear about being an artist and see it through.

"Women should not just be ornamental, but compose and sing their own stories."

As a mother to a young daughter Sarah wants to educate young women about the scope that there is out there as artists, creators and not to let age be a factor in stopping anyone from following their creative dreams.

She has friends in the industry such as Caroline Bird who has written Red Ellen, a play about about labour minister Ellen Wilkinson, who introduced free school milk, also Andrea Mann whose first feature film screenplay, the romantic comedy-drama Fado! starring Richard E. Grant and Emily Watson is due to shoot this year.

Sarah said: "It is important to bust through these myths that are pervasive and not true.

"My workshops and also my Songwords group programme for artistic women will help to turn a wish in to a strategy."

Sarah will be performing at Ronnie Scotts jazz club on June 5.

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