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I run regular writing workshops online, roughly once a month, on topics ranging from nuts and bolts skills workshops looking at character and story structure, to genre workshops such as historical or flash fiction, or workshops looking at themes such as utopias and dystopias. Sometimes I run workshops which are purely to fire up the synapses and stimulate new work. For full details of what I've got coming up, please visit my company A Word In Your Ear, or register to receive regular updates.
My experience: I have run writing workshops for many years: at festivals and arts centres with Bristol short story collective Heads and Tales, for Julian House homeless charity in Bath, for the Refugee Centre in Bristol, for the University of the Third Age in Bath, for Clifton LitFest, in Bristol. My background as a script editor for the BBC and Granada TV and my MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa has given me experience of working with a wide range of writers.
All of my workshops aim to be supportive and encouraging to writers of short stories or long form prose at all levels. I provide exercises which are stimulating and inspiring (hopefully!) in a warm, friendly atmosphere. All workshops run on Saturday mornings from 10.00-12.30 and cost £12. They can be booked via Eventbrite.
Workshops coming up:
All workshops are currently online. Click here to see what's coming up.
Mentoring and editorial Services:
I have mentored a number of writers at various stages of their writing careers. I enjoy working on a one-to-one basis and would delighted to consider new mentees.
I can provide a written critique of a piece of writing with constructive suggestions for improvement.
I provide both these services at a reasonable cost.
Please get in touch if you are interested in either of these services.
I am proud to be an Arts Mentor for Koestler Arts.
WHAT THE WRITERS THOUGHT
I ran a workshop recently which looked at story structure and narrative. It was a wonderfully productive and creative morning, with some fantastic pieces of writing emerging. Here are some of the responses from the writers who came along: ‘Inspiring and engaging’, ‘SO helpful’, ‘Friendly feedback’, ‘I liked the mixture of tips, facts and writing exercises’, ‘Fun’, ‘Loved it’.
After a recent ‘Writing for Performance’ workshop the writers said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the small group and how supportive it felt.” “Totally inspiring!” “Supportive, convivial atmosphere.” “Brilliant. Well constructed. Interesting and informative. Well executed” “Really helpful” “Loved it – loved it all!”
"Looking for an excellent editor? Or some inspiration for your creative writing? Clare could be the person you’re looking for.
I joined one of Clare's Saturday morning creative writing courses two years ago and was amazed to discover what flowed in response to Clare's various writing exercises. Since then I've done a number of her Saturday courses and have also worked with Clare privately when I wanted some help editing various memoir pieces I was working on at the time.
Clare combines her own experience of writing for the stage, with a sympathetic but effective approach to reviewing another person’s writing. Drawing on her many years as a script editor for the BBC, she knows how to improve the impact of a piece of writing, often just by making small adjustments."
[Annette Mercer, 2018]
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