Online Workshops and Let’s Talk Stories

During the lockdown ran online workshops and a short story discussion group Let’s Talk Stories (see further down the page)

Creative Writing Online Workshops

Between March and July I ran weekly online workshops, to give participants a chance to carve out some much-needed head space. We covered a wide range of topics: spring, festivals, journeys, technology, space, love, colour, food and summertime, as well as looking at stories and pictures for inspiration and digging into our ‘work in progress’.

Workshops are taking a break for August, but I’ll be back running more zoom workshops in September. Please contact me if you’d like to keep informed about what’s coming up.

Meanwhile, here are some thoughts about the workshops  from participating writers:

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.’

‘If you’re thinking about it, take the plunge!’ 


Let’s Talk Stories!

This is a place to get together during the lockdown.  An online discussion group about short stories. Pour yourself a glass of wine or a mug of coffee and snuggle down on a virtual sofa for a good old chinwag about a story.

Each week we will take one short story, read it together and discuss it. It might be an old story, it might be brand new. You do not need to read the story beforehand, but it will be available free online so you can access the text before the group starts.

So far we’ve looked at stories by Shirley Jackson, Katherine Mansfield, Miranda July, Ray Bradbury, Jo Lloyd, Toni Morrison, Doris Lessing and CJ Hauser, amongst others. All different, all gripping in their own ways.

It’s like a bookclub with very short books.

I am running Let’s Talk Stories every Tuesday until the end of July.  Each session runs on a Tuesday evening from 7.30-9.00. You don’t have to buy a ticket, but you do need to book one. If you would like to block book the sessions and make a donation by BACS please email me at and I will send you the details.  The last session is:

Tuesday 21st July

I hope to see you at one of these sessions.  Thank you and happy writing!