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. The cost of each workshop is £5.00. Visitors’ parking permits can be provided for £1.  Booking is essential – please contact Clare here or phone 01225 428469 to ensure a place.

Workshops coming up:

I’ve got three workshops planned, for September, October and November, see below.  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.

Saturday 22nd September: Finding Your Story: Where do stories come from? How do we pin them down? Once we have a fleeting idea, how do we turn that into something concrete, something readable? Come along to this workshop to explore some routes into new stories you didn’t know you could tell.

Saturday 13th October: Characters : The bedrock of most great stories is the character at the heart of them. Good, bad, ugly, sad, a liar, a cheat, a lover, a god – who is your story about? How convincing and well-rounded is that character? This workshop will include exercises that help your characters to leap off the page in their full three-dimensional glory.

Saturday 17th November: Time:  We’ll be looking at aspects of time in this workshop.  Flashbacks, flash-forwards, historical fiction, futuristic stories, passages of time, chronologies, stories that focus on a single second, stories that cover millennia. Come along to this workshop to broaden (or focus) the scope of your stories.

What the writers thought:

At a recent ‘Memories’ workshop the participants said: ‘I had a fantastic and liberating time’, ‘stimulating, emotional, encouraging’, ‘inspiring’, ‘makes you think’, ‘I enjoyed it very much’.

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 been 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.


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