Spring & Summer Courses and Workshops

Here are our courses and workshops for March, April, May and June. If you are on a computer, you can use the menu on the right-hand side to jump to the courses you want to look at. If you are on a phone or tablet, happy scrolling!

 

EXPLORING FICTION 

EXPLORING FICTION is suitable for anyone who is already motivated to write, but keen to stretch their writing muscles. 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. Using extracts, we focus 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 and discuss how this writing can inform your own work.

The class 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. Every other week, you submit 700-1,000 words over the weekend before a session. Kate then guides the non-submitting writers in giving their feedback on your work in the first part of the session.
 

DATES:                   Weekly starts 20th April

TIME:                     6pm - 8pm  

DURATION:            6 weeks
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                  £150 discounted rate if full course fee paid in advance, or £30 per session. PLUS opt in at any point for written feedback from Kate (approx.150-200 words) on your response to a task (up to 700 words) for an additional £15. Keyworker 10% discount. One discounted place for disadvantaged writers, please contact Kate for details. 10% of any profit to be split between Carers UK and Women’s Aid.

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."

STEP-UP MICRO

 

For those who've previously attended Helen's courses and for experienced writers who'd like to experiment with short-form writing.

We'll do writing exercises and games, write to a variety of prompts and encourage each other to develop and polish tiny pieces. Email feedback will be provided following each session.

TIME:                     4.30 pm - 5 pm

DURATION:            Fridays 20th and 27th May, and then Fridays 10th and 17th June.
LOCATION:            Online via ZOOM 
COSTS:                  Pay per session £20. Paid in advance on a session-by-session basis.

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

HOW TO BOOK:   Contact Helen 

"the sessions have been extremely enlightening"

MICRO-FICTION FOR BEGINNERS
 

This introductory four-week bite-sized course aims to teach the basic skills in constructing a tiny story - a whole world in 100 words or fewer! Learn how to make every single word work hard to earn its place in your pieces. Learn how to edit, streamline and improve your ideas and receive expert feedback and build community, skills and confidence by sharing your work with your peers. After four weeks you’ll have a neat selection of ‘little’ stories with big impact, which you can develop further.

 

DATES:  Wednesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March 2022

TIME: 4.30 - 5pm

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. 

BOOK WRITERS GROUP

PLACES AVAILABLE. JOIN AT ANY TIME.

 

This is a rare opportunity to join one of Petra's focused book writing support groups. You must either be undertaking a long-term project or be working regularly on shorter fiction, creative nonfiction, 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. There will be a maximum of eight students.