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Creative Writing Workshops

Join together with a small group online to learn new skills, meet other writers and kickstart your creativity. Our workshops are fun, relaxed and productive and a great way to jump into writing. Click on a button below to read more details about each course and our instructors or to sign up.

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Starting Your Novel:

A 10-Week Workshop on Zoom

 

Our hugely popular course STARTING YOUR NOVEL begins Monday April 12th and run to June 28th (with a break for both bank holidays.) The 10-week course will bring you together with other like-minded writers in a guided workshop format online via Zoom and is taught by local author Dr. Louise Tucker. The course is aimed expressly at those aspiring to write longer form fiction. If you've been sitting on that novel idea, why not take the plunge now and join our supportive writing community?

ABOUT THE COURSE:

Have you always wanted to write a novel, but never had the time? Or, perhaps, you have an idea for a book but don’t know how to find your voice? If you have ever wanted to tell a story but are unsure how to begin, this course is for you. It will kick-start your book, giving you the confidence to find and shape an idea, write a first draft and learn the steps required to take an idea from draft through to publication. 

 

Through reading and writing exercises, and by exploring books, films and songs, the weekly lessons will help you find your creative voice, build a writing habit that works with your daily life and develop that vague idea in your head into something real on the page. Take the first steps towards writing your novel in this encouraging and engaging workshop.

The workshop will meet online for ten sessions on Monday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm starting April 12th through June 28th (with a break for both bank holidays) and will be limited to 12 participants. Over the course of the ten weeks each writer will submit material for the group's consideration as well as give and receive feedback on their work. Cost is £295 including VAT. To sign up click HERE.

This workshop aims not just to inspire you, but give you the confidence to turn your idea into a novel. Specifically, we hope you will:

  • find your voice and develop a writing habit that works for you

  • hone an initial concept and discover the heart of your story

  • develop ideas, characters, structure, dialogue and setting

  • plan, shape and develop a draft

  • edit your work and that of others

  • learn how to give and receive valuable feedback

  • submit 1-3 chapters for group discussion & feedback

  • receive clear practical guidance about how to submit to agents

  • develop your writing in a supportive, encouraging environment

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Dr Louise Tucker is an editor, lecturer and writer. She has twenty years’ experience in commercial publishing (working at HarperCollins, Bloomsbury and Granta) and now edits part-time. She currently teaches novel-writing at Goldsmiths and publishing at London Metropolitan University, and has been a Costa Short Story Award reader since the Award’s inception in 2012. She can therefore offer industry knowledge of how to improve writing to a professional, publishable and, ultimately, prize-winning standard. In the last two years she has focused on her own writing and written her first novel. In 2019 her manuscript won the inaugural Lost the Plot Work in Progress Prize, was shortlisted for The Bath Novel Award, longlisted for the Stockholm Writers Festival First Pages Prize and is now on submission.

 

Memoir & Life Writing:

Writing From Personal Experience

A 6-Week Workshop on Zoom

Would you like to explore what it’s been like living under the threat of this pandemic, or what it feels like now that lockdown restrictions are being lifted? Or perhaps this period of reflection has inspired you to take a stab at writing memoir or autobiography, and you’ve been revisiting childhood memories and events that have made you who you are?

This online course with novelist and memoirist Lily Dunn will focus on writing from life, with an emphasis on excavating memory in order to explore personal experience and begin to create a narrative from our lives. It will be taught via six weekly live Zoom sessions and will run on Tuesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm from May 4th - June 15th. The cost is £195 + VAT. 

 

Lily Dunn provides an expert hand at helping writers express their experience on the page, creating a safe space to explore ways of turning personal experience and memory into a story that has audience appeal. This six-week online course will revolve around a live weekly lecture, discussions and writing exercises, and there will be an opportunity to share work on Slack between sessions, an online platform where participants can give and receive peer-to-peer feedback.

 

Creative nonfiction uses literary technique to record factually accurate narratives. It is an increasingly popular genre and art form in a world that is looking for deeper meaning in its narratives. Along with writing prompts to get the writing juices flowing, we will discuss how fictional technique can be applied to nonfiction in order to make it more compelling. This course is open to both beginners and experienced writers.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Lily Dunn is a novelist, memoirist and academic.

Her first novel Shadowing the Sun was published by

Portobello Books (2007) and her debut nonfiction memoir

about the legacy of her father’s various addictions, will be

published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in March 2022. Her personal essays have been published by Granta, The Real Story, Litro, Hinterland and MIR Online and Aeon magazine. She is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and is co-founder of London Lit Lab with novelist and friend Zoe Gilbert, with whom she also co edited A Wild and Precious Life: an anthology of recovery stories, primarily by people who have suffered from or because of addiction, to be published by Unbound in May 2021. 

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