Online Workshops

New writing workshops scheduled for 2021!  See below.

For short story discussion group Let’s Talk Stories, click here.

Creative Writing Online Workshops

Since March 2020, I have run my regular Bath and Bristol based writing workshops online. The group meets on Zoom, fortnightly on a Saturday morning. The new season of workshops for 2021 starts on 16th January.

All the workshops are run by me, Clare Reddaway, founder and artistic director of A Word In Your Ear. I am an experienced award-winning short story writer and playwright. You can read more about my work here.

‘If you’re thinking about it, take the plunge!’ [regular workshop participant]


**There are very limited spaces on some of the workshops from Jan-March. Get in touch if you’d like further details.**

All workshops run from 10.00-12.3o on Saturday mornings. The workshops are fortnightly. I’m happy to slot in interim workshops if any writer has a particular theme they want to explore.

All the workshops cost £10. You are welcome to book individual workshops via Eventbrite (see links below). If you’d like to block book all six scheduled workshops, you can escape the Eventbrite fee by booking direct with me. Please get in touch for bank details.

16th January: Writing objectives and opportunities. New Year, new plans, new resolutions. In this workshop, we will look at your writing objectives. Where do you want your writing to be in January 2022? We will identify some publishing and competition opportunities, and discuss any obstacles you have in your writing. There will also be a  few writing exercises to fire up those sluggish post-Christmas synapses! Book via Eventbrite here.

30th January: Different Ways To Tell A Story. In this workshop, we will look at point of view. Taking one event, we’ll tell the story in a number of different ways, analysing and critiquing which works best. Book via Eventbrite here.

13th February: Light. As the days at last begin to get longer, we’ll use theme of light to trigger some writing exercises.  Book via Eventbrite here.

27th February: Looking At Story. In this workshop, we will look at one contemporary short story.  We will find inspiration by examining the techniques, the themes and the form the writer has used.  Participants will then write their own work inspired by the story we have read together – the majority of the workshop time will be spent on your writing and feedback. Book via Eventbrite here.

13th March: Fairytales and Folk Tales. What’s your favourite childhood fairytale? What folk tales speak to you? Can you find inspiration in the works of the Brothers Grimm? Mermaids, selkies, leprechauns, fairies – we’ll look at the mythical world, and see if anything resonates with our modern lives and contemporary writing. Book via Eventbrite here.

27th March: Follow Up Workshop. This is a chance for writers to bring a piece that they’ve been working on to share and to receive feedback.  The piece you bring can be inspired by a workshop, or be a piece you are writing independently. Book via Eventbrite here.


What the writers thought:

Here are some thoughts about the Zoom workshops from some of the writers who joined in:

Online provides a good focus. It’s nice to be in isolation and muted in the time designated for writing.’

‘Brilliant. Clare chooses a theme for each workshop and offers inspiration,exercises and plenty of writing time in the workshop. There is excellent, thoughtful feedback too! Doing the classes regularly provides a useful continuity.’

‘The zoom writing workshops have been a wonderful distraction during Covid 19. Something to look forward to. The group is welcoming and supportive. It’s been great to read, discuss and learn from the short stories Clare selects. The writing exercises have been fun, but have made me think and more importantly got me writing again.’