Workshops Bath

Clare Reddaway runs monthly writing workshops at her home in central Bath. All of the workshops aim to be supportive and encouraging to writers of short stories at all levels.  Clare provides exercises which are stimulating and inspiring (hopefully!) in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

All workshops run for three hours from 10.00 – 1.00pm on Saturday mornings at Clare’s house in central Bath.  Visitors’ parking permits can be provided for £1.

The cost of each workshop is £10. Booking is essential – tickets for workshops from 2020 can now be booked via Eventbrite.  Please contact Clare here or phone 01225 428469 if you have any questions.

Workshops in the past have covered themes such as myths and legends, nature, genre and flash fiction, politics, writing with your senses, ghosts and memories as well as techniques like structure, dialogue, editing and character.  I am very open to suggestions if writers want to explore a particular area.

Workshops coming up:

Each workshop has a loose over-arching theme, allowing writers to explore their own interests through stimulating and creative exercises. The workshops are a varied mix of exercises and discussion, with mutual feedback in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

SPRING 2020:

Saturday January 18th: Writing A Monologue 
In this workshop we will look at monologues as prose or for performance. We will explore how to create a convincing three-dimensional character and write a short monologue. I recently ran this workshop at Clifton Library.  BOOK HERE

Saturday February 15th: Looking At Story  
I ran the first Looking at Story workshop in November, and it went really well – participants enjoyed examining a story in detail and it led to some interesting pieces of work. So in this workshop, we will look at one contemporary story written by a short story writer.  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.  BOOK HERE

Saturday March 7th: Utopias and Dystopias 
In this workshop we’ll be looking at creating new worlds. From Handmaid’s Tale to Black Mirror, ‘sci-fi’ has moved into the mainstream. Inventing the future is now an established way of examining the present. We’ll see if we can create some visions that stand alongside the greats.  BOOK HERE

Saturday April 18th: Follow Up 
This workshop 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 a piece you are writing independently.  The max word count for the piece of writing is 2,000 words, mainly so that there is time to give full feedback to each participant.  This workshop is £11 – the extra £1 is for the printing costs. Numbers are strictly limited for this workshop, so book early to avoid disappointment.  BOOK HERE

What the writers thought:

At a recent workshop looking at character, participants said:  ‘Loved it.  Lovely environment and people, great triggers for ideas and inspiration.’ ‘Enjoyable and inspiring’, ‘Very inspirational and productive’, ‘I loved the way questions triggered ideas that seemed to be close to the surface’.

At a ‘story’ workshop, where we worked on structure and narrative, the writers said: ‘Inspiring and engaging’, ‘SO helpful’, ‘Friendly feedback’, ‘I liked the mixture of tips, facts and writing exercises’, ‘Fun’, ‘Loved it’.

On Clare’s ‘Writing for Performance’ workshop the writers said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the small group and how supportive it felt.” “Totally inspiring!” “Supportive, convivial atmosphere.” “Brilliant. Well constructed. Interesting and informative. Well executed” “Really helpful” “Loved it – loved it all!”

Clare’s credentials:  

Clare has run writing workshops for many years: at festivals and arts centres with Bristol short story collective Heads and Tales, for Julian House homeless charity in Bath, for the Refugee Centre in Bristol, for the University of the Third Age in Bath.  Her background as a script editor for the BBC and Granada TV and her MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa gives her experience of working with a wide range of writers.

Clare was very pleased to run a workshop recently at the inaugural Clifton Village Lit Fest, as a guest of Foccal.  It went really well, everyone seemed to enjoy it!

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