I currently run short story workshops at my home in central Bath. The workshops are on Saturday mornings roughly once a month. Sometimes I run a whole day workshop at my house during which writers have the opportunity to explore an area of story, have the space to write, and receive feedback on a piece of previously submitted work.
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. I was very honoured recently to run a workshop at the inaugural Clifton Village Lit Fest, 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 the workshops aim to be supportive and encouraging to writers of short stories at all levels. I provide exercises which are stimulating and inspiring (hopefully!) in a warm, friendly atmosphere. All workshops run on Saturday mornings from 10.00-1.00pm and cost £10.00. They can be booked via Eventbrite.
Workshops coming up:
Saturday December 7th: Follow Up: This workshop is a chance for writers to bring a piece that they’ve been working on to share and to receive feedback. The piece you bring can be inspired by a workshop, or a piece you are writing independently. This workshop is now fully booked.
Saturday January 18th: Writing A Monologue
In this workshop we will look at monologues as prose or for performance. We will explore how to create a convincing three-dimensional character and write a short monologue. I recently ran this workshop at Clifton Library. Book Here
Saturday February 15th: Looking At Story
I ran the first Looking at Story workshop in November, and it went really well – participants enjoyed examining a story in detail and it led to some interesting pieces of work. So in this workshop, we will look at one contemporary story written by a short story writer. We will find inspiration by examining the techniques, the themes and the form the writer has used. Participants will then write their own work inspired by the story we have read together – the majority of the workshop time will be spent on your writing. Book Here.
Saturday March 7th: Utopias and Dystopias
In this workshop we’ll be looking at creating new worlds. From Handmaid’s Tale to Black Mirror, ‘sci-fi’ has moved into the mainstream. Inventing the future is now an established way of examining the present. We’ll see if we can create some visions that stand alongside the greats. Book Here
Saturday April 18th: Follow Up
This workshop is a chance for writers to bring a piece that they’ve been working on to share and to receive feedback. The piece you bring can be inspired by a workshop, or a piece you are writing independently. The max word count for the piece of writing is 2,000 words, mainly so that there is time to give full feedback to each participant. This workshop is £11 – the extra £1 is for the printing costs. Numbers are strictly limited for this workshop, so book early to avoid disappointment. Book Here.
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.