Winter Courses and Workshops

Autumn is a time for gathering plots and and harvesting the fruits of your labour... 

WEDNESDAY WRITERS RETREAT

After a summer break, our weekly writers retreat is back!

These retreats are for all writers at any stage of their journey who want to work with a community of like-minded people to achieve their writing goals.

It is for those of us who feel we can't justify spending time on our writing... And for those of us who push our writing to the bottom of the to-do list. It is for all those procrastinators out there!

This retreat gives us the motivation and mental space to write all day without interruption. We start at nine each Wednesday morning on Zoom, set goals for the day, check in on each other at lunch, and reconvene at five to discuss our progress. 

DATES:                   from Wednesday 8th September

TIME:                     9am - 5.15pm

DURATION:            Starting on 8th September and recurring most Wednesdays throughout the year. Come                               to one or come to all, it's up to you!
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                  Pay per session £20. Paid in advance on a session-by-session basis.

TUTOR:                  Petra McQueen (Find out more about Petra here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Petra 

"Petra guides us in the right direction and lets us find our own flow."

NOVEL WRITERS GROUP

This is a rare opportunity to join one of Petra's focused novel writing support groups. You must either be undertaking a long-term project or be working regularly on shorter fiction or poetry.

 

Each week members of the class send each other up to 1000 words to be reviewed by each other and the tutor. The workshop then takes the form of positive feedback and areas for improvement. Occasionally Petra will run a skills workshop where she feels the group as a whole will benefit.  

We are looking for committed writers only as the work is time-intensive for students and the teacher. We are also running this for six weeks in the Autumn Term in the first instance on a trial basis, although this may be extended at the teacher's discretion. 

DATES:                  from Monday 13th September

TIME:                    3pm - 5pm

DURATION:           6 weeks in the first instance
LOCATION:           Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                 £150

TUTOR:                  Petra McQueen (Find out more about Petra here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Petra 

"I started the creative writing process as a novice, the whole experience was a great one. Led by the deft, experienced hands of Petra McQueen it was a guided foray into the construction and creation of new territory. The group situation is great, sympathetic and a great sounding board."

THE ARTISTS WAY BOOK GROUP

Every year Petra revisits The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. This famous bestseller has, since 1992, been helping people to live a fulfilling creative life. Every September, Petra religiously does all the exercises: from Morning Pages, to Artist’s Dates, to even stopping reading for a week! This year she invites you to join her. Together we will commit to following Cameron’s programme, helping each other to set goals, and sharing our successes. We will discuss what works for us and what we absolutely hated. Most of all, we hope to have fun! This unusual book group is suitable for anyone. The only thing you need is a copy of the book.

DATES:                  from Monday 13th September

TIME:                    7pm - 8.30pm

DURATION:           2 weeks 
LOCATION:           Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                 £120 (£10 per class)

TUTOR:                 Petra McQueen (Find out more about Petra here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Petra 

Petra McQueen is an extremely capable and knowledgeable team leader. 

I WANT TO WRITE, BUT...

You know you want to write, but…

What will it take to get you started, and to keep going? This inspirational six-week course enables you to feel the fear and do it anyway, wherever you get stuck, on the blank page or 10,000 words in. You will be encouraged to share your work and experiences, develop your skills and confidence and build a writing practice and community that enable you to continue your work independently.

DATES:                   from Tuesday 12th September

TIME:                     10am - 12pm

DURATION:            6 weeks 
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                  £150

TUTOR:                  Kate Worsley (Find out more about Kate here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Kate 

@KHWorsley makes you feel like anything is possible with your writing - do this!

STARTING OUT IN FICTION

This introductory six-week course aims to get you started as a writer whatever your experience. Learn how to read and think and work like a writer; and identify and understand the basic techniques and elements of good writing. Receive expert feedback on your writing and build community, skills and confidence by sharing your work with your peers. By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of new short pieces for you to develop further.

DATES:       from Tuesday 12th September

TIME:          6pm - 8pm

DURATION: 6 weeks 
LOCATION: Online via ZOOM 
COSTS: £150

TUTOR: Kate Worsley (Find out more about Kate here).

HOW TO BOOK: Contact Kate 

"May I take this opportunity to say how very much I enjoyed the first course. Katie did this brilliantly making it interesting, fun to do, thought provoking, engaging the whole group excellently."

COACHING CIRCLE

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DATES:                   from 15th September   

TIME:                     Wednesdays 10am - 12pm   

DURATION:            6 weeks
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS: 

TUTOR:                  Arlene Francey-Lynn (Find out more about Arlene here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Arlene

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EXPLORING FICTION #4

These workshop-format sessions aim to deepen your understanding of how fiction works through the traditional method of close reading– a.k.a. learning from the best. They also provide regular feedback on your own work, as well as the encouragement, support and stimulation of a varied group of writers from around the world. You are encouraged to share your work, its influences, and aims, develop your skills and confidence and push your writing to its limits. EXPLORING FICTION is suitable for anyone who is already motivated to write, but keen to stretch their writing muscles. The close-reading element will be accessible to writers at all levels of ability as well as those with English as a second language.

Numbers are capped at ten, to ensure all writers’ work receives regular attention. Every other week, you submit 700-1,000 words over the weekend before a session. Kate and the non-submitting writers then give their feedback on your work in the first part of the session.

 

The second part focuses on an aspect of writing technique such as point of view, voice, character etc. Kate guides you in the analysis of a relevant text which will be provided in advance. You are encouraged to explore this in your own work, whether or not you are submitting it to the group (although you can opt to receive written feedback from Kate). The aim is to show you what is possible, and to motivate and inspire you to do your best work.

DATES:                   from Wednesday 15th September 

TIME:                     6pm - 8pm  

DURATION:            6 weeks
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                  £150

TUTOR:                  Kate Worsley (Find out more about Kate here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Kate

Kate is an excellent teacher and has facilitated some fascinating discussions. She is clearly very knowledgeable but also allows the students to discuss their own understanding, interpretations and opinions, before sharing the conventional wisdom. This has made for some really enjoyable classes.

THE PLOT THICKENS
- PREP FOR NANOWRIMO

Nanowrimo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, is coming soon! In this month you commit to writing 50,000 words of a novel. The idea is that you fly by the seat of your pants. But you don’t have to! In The Plot Thickens we explore what your book will really be about; how to structure it; crystalise your unique authentic voice; and strengthen your characters. This intensive six-week course will give you the confidence, skills and community to complete Nanowrimo with flair.

To make this the best experience possible for our students, we are limiting the class to six.  This will be an intense experience, similar to doing an MA module. It is not necessary that you have signed up to Nanowrimo – simply that you want to write the best book you possibly can. You can be working on fiction or creative nonfiction.

DATES:                  from Tuesday 12th September

TIME:                    3pm - 5pm

DURATION:           6 weeks 
LOCATION:           Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                 £150

TUTOR:                  Petra McQueen (Find out more about Petra here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Petra 

I did a recent course, The Plot Thickens, with Petra McQueen. What an excellent and engaging teacher. We looked at many aspects of novel writing, from penning the first paragraph, to a detailed look at plot, character and theme, to considerations of how to get published.

FLASH MOB!
WORKSHOP

A one-off 30 minute event for students who've already completed at least one microfiction course and for confident writers who enjoy/would like to experiment with writing short form. This intensive session will contain a writing exercise to stimulate ideas, information on technique and editing and finally a prompt with writing time and the chance to get a new piece started. Detailed feedback and editing services will be available during the fortnight following the session to help edit and develop your short-form piece (up to a maximum of 500 words in length).

DATES:                   On Friday 24th September

TIME:                     4pm - 4.30pm

DURATION:            4 weeks 
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                  £25

TUTOR:                  Helen Chambers (Find out more about Helen here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Helen

"You certainly got my brain ticking"

MICROFICTION

A great opportunity to write, edit and polish the shortest of short fiction - tiny stories of up to 100 words in length. This four-week intensive course, in a small and supportive group, will engage your wordplay skills, encourage you to take creative risks and help you improve your technique, whatever your preferred writing style. You’ll start pieces which you can work on beyond the confines of the course, and detailed feedback will be provided as part of the fees.

DATES:                   from Wednesday 29th September

TIME:                     11.30am - 12pm

DURATION:            4 weeks 
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                  £50

TUTOR:                  Helen Chambers (Find out more about Helen here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Helen

The set up of the microfiction course was efficient, the timing prompt and well managed. Homework was potentially demanding but the comments that came back from Helen were invaluable. Her responses were considerate, thoughtful and instructive. 

WRITING YOUR FAMILY TREE WORKSHOP

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DATES:                   on Saturday 30th October

TIME:                     9.30am - 12.30pm

DURATION:            morning only
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                  £30

TUTOR:                  Petra McQueen (Find out more about Petra here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Petra 

"Led by the deft, experienced hands of Petra McQueen it was a guided foray into the construction and creation of new territory." 

LETTING GO WORKSHOP

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DATES:                    on Wednesday 3rd November

TIME:                      10 am - 12 pm

DURATION:             morning only
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS: 

TUTOR:                 Arlene Francey-Lynn (Find out more about Arlene here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Arlene

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ROOTING YOURSELF 
- self care for you & your creativty over the winter

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DATES:                   on Wednesday 3rd November

TIME:                     10 am - 12 pm

DURATION:            morning only
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS: 

TUTOR:                  Arlene Francey-Lyne (Find out more about Arlene here).

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Arlene

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MIDWINTER PARTY!!!

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DATES:                   on Wednesday 21st December

TIME:                     8pm - 11pm

DURATION:            one night only
LOCATION:            TBD
COSTS:                 donations to pay the band, please!

HOW TO BOOK:   Watch this space!!