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Summer of Writing: Saturday workshops

Two places have come available on Publishing (one for the happiest of reasons, another for annoying work reasons!). The other workshops are now waiting-list only. Waiting-list places are offered in order of booking, so do put your name down in case of cancellations.

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Create yourself a Summer of Writing: book a selection of workshops to inspire and develop your writing – and if you can, some time off for writing. It's the perfect time of year for writing in parks, gardens, pub gardens, and meadows - treat yourself and make it fun.

These full-day writing workshops are filled with creative, practical exercises. Each workshop can stand alone and the five together create a natural flow-through. All the workshops are multi-level (suitable for both beginners and experienced writers) and for most workshops you can choose to create new ideas or to develop a work in progress.

To book, use the booking form below the workshop descriptions. (Or you can just email me, if you prefer: I'll send you a booking confirmation within a day or two, which will also have details of payment. Jump to booking form.

You can also read what the workshops are like and my Tips for a Summer of Writing.

NB: There is NO overlap between the Summer of Writing workshops and the other courses I run - they cover different topics and use different materials.

The Workshops

Page-turners writing workshop

Saturday 3 August: Page-turners


How to keep the reader reading – whether you’re writing literary fiction or a pot-boiler thriller

What keeps the reader hungrily turning each page? Whether we’re writing quiet literary fiction or pot-boiler thrillers, we want to keep the reader reading – and the principles of how to do that work across genres. In this workshop, you’ll look at how to create and sustain high tension, from tricks of the trade and techniques to gripping the reader at a deeper level.

The Writng in Scenes writing workshop

Saturday 10 August: Writing in Scenes


Explore how to balance the different ingredients of a scene and ways of approaching different kinds of dramatic scenes in your story

Scenes are the building blocks of storytelling, where the story comes alive in “real-time” action. This workshop will explore how to stay focused on writing in scenes, integrating action, description, and dialogue, while keeping the story flow and avoiding filler-material. We’ll also look at how to approach the “big” scenes: action scenes, high drama, turning points, and intense emotion.

The Characters Unlike You writing workshop

Saturday 17 August: Characters Unlike You


Explore a range of ways to write characters unlike yourself and vary a story's cast, while you develop new characters to take home with you

It's an easy mistake to make all your characters too similar, especially the positive characters. When you're creating a "villain", you can gleefully invent all sorts of unusual traits. When you're writing a positive character, you can often end up making them just "normal" - ie not characterised, undifferentiated, or a cast of clones of yourself. This workshop uses a variety of approaches to help you invent characters who are most definitely NOT like you - and more than that, to sympathise with and understand them. You'll invent or develop multiple new characters in the workshop, and also gain insight into some of your own traits, to make sure those aren't replicated across all your future characters.

The Hone Your Style writing workshop

Saturday 24 August: Hone Your Style

(**Waiting list only**)

Explore what makes quality prose, from Angela Carter’s richness to Margaret Atwood’s restraint, and hone your own style

Quality prose comes in dozens of different flavours, but shares a surprising number of strengths across the sweep of styles. In this workshop, you’ll explore what you value in good prose and hone your own style. We’ll cover spotting clichés and collocations, using imagery, selecting telling details, improving word choice, and pruning unnecessary words.

Publishing writing workshop

Saturday 31 August: Publishing

(2 places now available)

How to submit your writing for publication: manage feedback, find where to send it, write synopses and cover letters, and get published, whether you're writing a novel, short stories, or poems

If you want to get published, don't let your writing live in your hard drive gathering virtual dust - send it out. The first short story I had published was one I'd written 10 years before. So why didn't I send it out? I didn't know if it was good enough - but that's the editor's call, not mine. I didn't know I was "allowed" - well, I'm here to tell you that you ARE allowed. And I didn't know how. So that's what we'll cover.

Getting your writing ready and submitting it for publication can feel scary, but it's really just a question of admin. Once your writing is polished, you need to give yourself the best chance and make the editor's or agent's life easy. We'll look at getting feedback from beta-readers (and how to cope with that!), how to find places to send your writing (markets for short stories and poems; finding agents for novels), how to follow submission guidelines, and how to write a synopsis and a good cover letter.


Note: If you don't like online forms, you can just email me to book:

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If the form doesn't appear for you or doesn't seem to be working, you can email me at megan @ to make your booking.

Want more info? Read more about what the workshops are like and my Tips for a Summer of Writing. You can also email me at megan @ with any questions you have.

5 full-day creative writing workshops in August


Summer Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

  • Sat 3 Aug: Page-turners
  • Sat 10 Aug: Writing in Scenes
  • Sat 17 Aug: Characters Unlike You
  • Sat 24 Aug: Hone Your Style
  • Sat 31 Aug: Publishing


Upper Wolvercote (North Oxford). There's free parking, a great bus route (#6), and beautiful canal-side walking routes.


The workshops start at £65 each; the more you book, the less you pay per workshop.

1 workshop £65 each
2 workshops £60 each
3+ workshops £55 each

Contact me

Email me with any questions or use the form to book.


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