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Summer of Writing: Saturday workshops


Previous Summer of Writing workshops

These are workshops that have previously run – they will run again if they get voted in. This is how we choose the workshops:

  • Sept to Feb: Make your wishes. Add ideas for new workshops you'd like me to create to the wish list. At the end of Feb, I'll collect your requests together with my own ideas and previous workshops, to make a long-list.
  • March to April: Vote for workshops. From the long list of workshops, vote for which ones you'd like me to run. Around the end of April, I choose the 5 workshops with the most votes.
  • May to July: Book your workshops. The final 5 workshops are up for you to book your selection. People who added to the wishlist or voted get first dibs on places, as they book up fast!
  • August: the Summer of Writing begins!

The Writing Process

The Creative Well

Playful challenging activities based on top research to create new ideas and explore the creative process

Planning a Novel

Hands-on practical strategies to manage the process of planning a novel, whether you’re starting from scratch or reworking raw draft

Beyond first draft

Once your first draft is done, what do you do? Practical tips on how to redraft, refine, and edit your story or novel


How to present your writing for publication: where to send it, sort your layout, write synopses and cover letters, and get published




Aspects of craft

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


Everything from developing your characters’ voices and natural speech to layout and seamless attribution

Expand your repertoire

Writing with fresh angles, new voices, unusual points of view, experimental structures and different styles

Hone your style

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

Narrative Voice

Use a character’s voice to narrate the story, play with their limits, and keep the story vivid

Orientating the reader

Move your characters and the reader easily in time & place, and deal deftly with exposition and back story

Page Turners

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

A Sense of Place

How to choose powerful locations, create action from the setting, write description with strong narrative purpose, and enhance your descriptive writing

Tropes & Archetypes

Using tropes and archetypes effectively, avoiding cliché, and the fun of subversion

Writing in scenes

How to balance the different ingredients of a scene and ways of approaching the “big scenes” in your story




Genres and forms

The Art of the Short Story

Strategies and technques for creating powerful short stories of any genre, and extreme economy in storytelling

Getting Romantic

How to create convincing romantic relationships that matter to the plot and to the reader

Ghostly + Gothic

Explore the haunted tropes and high drama of the Gothic genres and ways to put your own unique spin on them

Magical realism

Explore magical realism’s features, whip up reams of ideas, and start writing your own magical realist pieces

Poetry as Gifts

Explore the essentials of poetry through the liberating lens of poems as gifts

Unravelling Secrets

How to balance suspense, secrets, and clues in thrillers, mysteries, and crime/detective fiction


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