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, concessions £8 (over 65s, students, low-waged, unemployed).
Booking is essential – please contact Clare here or phone 01225 428469 to ensure a place.
Workshops coming up:
There are lots of workshops to book from now until summer. 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 30th March: Follow Up Workshop
One of the most rewarding and helpful things to do as a writer is to share your work with like-minded readers. This workshop provides time and space to bring a completed or nearly finished story to the group, and to receive feedback.
Saturday April 27th: Finding Inspiration
Where do you get your ideas for stories? We’ll have fun looking at lots of different triggers and starting points for lots of different stories, and hopefully spark some exciting new ideas.
Saturday May 25th: Myths and Legends
In this workshop we’ll look the old tales. How did the storytellers of the past weave their magic, and what can we learn from them? Perhaps we can use a myth as a starting point for a re-telling, or we write our own new myths, perfectly crafted for a modern age.
Saturday June 15th: Nature
The natural world around us has always been source of fascination to writers. For our summer workshop we’ll be delving into nature.
Saturday July 6th: Follow Up
Like our March workshop, this 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 be a piece you are writing independently.
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 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.