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Marie Brunelm

Fostering creativity, community and authenticity one word at a time.


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Are you writing or would you like to write? I organize writing workshops for individuals or groups.

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An informal space where I share snippets of life, mostly reading reviews and short fiction texts.

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"Artists in Middle-Earth: from text to image", a thesis on illustrations for Tolkien.




Reader, writer of what-ifs, researcher. Words are part of my life, and I would like to help you welcome them into yours.
In the mornings, I’m a PhD student wandering around J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth and thinking about artists’ depiction of its lands and inhabitants. I have a PhD blog where you can follow my research.

In the afternoons, my words turn to fiction: mine, and others’. I want to help you explore your own, authentic creativity and tell the stories hidden inside you. I’ve been hosting writing workshops since 2012. As of 2020 I offer online workshops too. You can read my own words on my blog, but I share them first on my Ko-Fi account



Here is the home of all my stories: contemporary, fantasy, dystopia, there's a bit of everything.




Working through Marie’s creative writing workshop was a delight. Her series of prompts guided me through a process I’d never before experienced, and the writings that resulted from it have thoroughly surprised me. I am certain that they would not exist had I not ventured through her course.


Each prompt bid me to slow, consider, and take my time as I practiced expressing thought, emotion, experience, memory, and imaginings in written form with my own voice. I found each prompt thought-provoking, challenging, and inspiring, and yet gently so due to Marie’s encouraging nature. Her teaching methods were both clever and effective, tying together exercises in a way that built on each other and helped me along to the next. 


Marie’s insightful observations and feedback were not only immensely helpful and affirming, but continue to spur me on with far more tools at my fingertips. The intentional care she put into her workshop is evident. I am so grateful to have gleaned from her expertise, and know that I will be a better writer for it.


Kimberly 國子 Taylor-Pestell

Artist of Lacelit | @lacelit



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