Online Workshops

New writing workshops scheduled for the autumn!  See below.

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

Creative Writing Online Workshops

During lockdown I took my regular Bath and Bristol based writing workshops onto Zoom. This worked really well, so I’ve decided to run my autumn workshops on Zoom too. I’ve scheduled seven writing workshops which will run fortnightly from 19th September, see below.

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


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 seven workshops, you can escape the Eventbrite fee by booking direct with me. Please get in touch for bank details.

17th October: 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.

31st October: Suspense

It’s Halloween! We’ll look at how some of the techniques of suspense writing (crime, thrillers, even horror), can be used in all writing to create tension and excitement. Book via Eventbrite here.

14th November: Storyshaping

What’s the best way to tell your story?  Where are your highs, when are your lows, does your story have a shape?  In this workshop, we’ll be looking at structure and storytelling. Book via Eventbrite here.

28th November: Working on your WIP

This is for anyone who wants to develop their work-in-progress. Bring along a piece of writing that you are working on, and we’ll do some exercises to help you deepen your characters and expand your knowledge of your fictional world. Book via Eventbrite here.

12th December: Performance skills

It’s the festive season!  In the run up to Christmas perhaps you’ll be asked to read your work at a works do or a party (socially distanced or otherwise!). Christmas aside, it is really important that writers can read their work in a compelling way. In this workshop we’ll be looking at some performance skills and how to hold an audience in the palm of your hand. 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.’