Online Workshops

New writing workshops scheduled for Autumn 2021!  See below.

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

I am running a HALLOWEEN HORRORS CREATIVE WRITING WEEKEND, on 30th-31st October at the Mission Theatre in Bath. For details 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 11th September.

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.

‘A brilliant environment for learning and sharing’ [on Twitter]

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

WORKSHOPS COMING UP:

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.

The workshops cost £10, except for Freelance Feature Writing which costs £12.50.

You are welcome to book individual workshops via Eventbrite (see links below). If you’d like to block book all seven scheduled workshops for £72.50, you can escape the Eventbrite fee by booking direct with me. Please get in touch for bank details.

11th September: Every Picture Tells A Story  Back by popular demand! 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. This workshop will really get those synapses firing after the summer break! Book on Eventbrite here. 

2nd October: Setting the Scene  This workshop will look at the world of your story – how to introduce it, what aspects you need to think about, how to describe it. In this workshop we will also take some time to clarify some of the nuts and bolts of formatting – how to set your story out so that it looks professional and it wins first place in that competition! Book on Eventbrite here.

16th October: Freelance Feature Writing Breaking into journalism might seem impossible, but editors are always looking for fresh voices – and the next one might be yours. This workshop will cover what makes a good feature, how to research the market, how to pitch to an editor, what to do if they say no (or don’t get back to you) and how to please the subs if they say yes. There will be an opportunity to draft a feature pitch during the workshop and get feedback on it. Plus, there will be tips on networking and where to find further information. Book on Eventbrite here.

For this workshop we will have a visiting tutor, the wonderful Stephanie Boxall:

Stephanie Boxall has worked in journalism for 30 years. She spent 20 of those as a sub-editor on national titles, including Radio Times, Daily Mail Weekend and The Observer Review, and has written features on topics as diverse as shipping fuel, haunted Bristol, English wine, 19th-century whalers, Salisbury Cathedral and Native American art. She says she’s up for writing about anything – within reason – and is still chasing that elusive New York Times byline…

Please note that the cost of this workshop is £12.50

6th November: Looking at Story  One of the best ways to learn about stories is to read them. 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 on Eventbrite here. 

20th November: Form  What form have you chosen for your short story? In this workshop we will explore some of the different forms of story from the traditional right through to the outer boundaries of experimentation. Book on Eventbrite here.

4th December: Character  Good characters are the bedrock of fine fiction – we can never spend enough time thinking about them.  In this workshop we’ll create new characters, or deepen the characters you’ve already created, looking at backstory, character description and personality. Book on Eventbrite here.

18th December: Sacred and Profane In the run up to Christmas we will take the twin themes of the sacred and profane and use them as inspiration for our writing. Book on 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.’