Online Workshops

New writing workshops scheduled for Spring 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 spring 2021 starts on 24th April.

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]


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 five scheduled workshops for £50, you can escape the Eventbrite fee by booking direct with me. Please get in touch for bank details.

24th April: Every Picture Tells A Story. In this workshop, we’ll be looking at pictures as a launch for writing exercises. We will share a number of inspiring pictures and find the stories that spring out of them. Book via Eventbrite here.

8th May: Dialogue. One of the essential building blocks of a good story, we’ll be working on how to make your dialogue more authentic, more truthful, more real. This workshop would be useful for those who write scripts as well as short stories. Book via Eventbrite here. 

22nd May: Crime Writing. Are you a fan of crime fiction? Agatha Christie or Raymond Chandler, Gillian Flynn or Val McDermid?  Ever fancied trying your hand at creating your own crime thriller? In this workshop we will dip our toes into the dark and murky world of crime. Book via Eventbrite here.

**12th June: Memoir / Biography. Many of us would like to write a memoir, whether of ourselves or of our nearest and dearest. Some of us would like to write about figures that are not so close to us – historical figures, famous or not-so-famous names. In this workshop we’ll assemble some top tips for getting started on your project. [Please note that this date is 3 weeks after the 22nd May, rather than the normal fortnight!]  Book via Eventbrite here.

19th June: Relationships. Relationships are at the heart of most great fiction – getting them, losing them, understanding them, avoiding them.  We’ve all experienced relationships, whether with parents, lovers, children, spouses, siblings. In this workshop we’ll use our experiences to create some rich fiction.  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.’