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Creative Writing taster session: Premise Circles

Explore the basics of story-building with the Premise Circles game. I give a short talk about story-telling, then lead the group through the game to create their own, wildly inventive stories. This is ideal for large groups and for groups without special writing experience. This can be a 1-hour or 2-hour session.Contact me to discuss a taster evening for your group.


These are ideal for writers' groups and can be adjusted to suit groups with novels in progress or newer writers wanting to expand their story-building skills.

These can be run as half-day workshops, full-day workshops, or weekend workshops. It depends on how much time your group has available and whether they want to work on their own novels within the session.

Characters & plots

creating richer, more complex characters character developments characters' theory of mind first-person narratives & third-person narrators unreliable / contradictory narratives multiple points-of-view and choosing points of view


premise versus plot building on a premise overview of the course's elements setting up the main plot bridging tension to carry the reader through first lines, first paragraphs, first scenes


creating a richer sense of place point-of-view place & changing perceptions
scene locations creating a richer sense of time & setting research & using signifiers attitudes within a time

Layers of meaning

your personal themes identifying & developing complex themes moral challenges personal symbolism using a plot cupboard how symbols develop avoiding the obvious

Masterclass courses

These are ideal for more experienced writers who have been writing for a long time and are looking for fresh creative stimulation and new challenges. These can be run as four once-weekly sessions across a month or as a weekend intensive. Alternately, individual workshops can be picked out of each strand.

Expand your repertoire

angles, voice, personalities, and style

Creative well

process vs product, wild ideas, bombard your brain, words as playthings

The techie writer

document layout & online tools, your online presence, build your website, creating ebooks

Contact me to discuss a workshop for your group.


For up to 12 people, workshops in Oxford are £250 for up to one evening or half-day (approx two hours), including materials. Larger groups and workshops in other places will be quoted accordingly.

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