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.
Autumn Workshops: available to book now.
Saturday 16th September: Plot and structure
Do you stories sag in the middle? Do you have a cracking opening and a floppy end? Do you need to tone your middle, sharpen your rear, and trim your beginning? In this workshop we will be looking at plot – structure and shape for the story.
Saturday 7th October: Feedback
In this session we’ll look stories you made earlier. Each writer will receive feedback and dedicated time for their work-in-progress. Stories or extracts from longer works (2,000 words max) to be circulated in advance.
Saturday 11th November: Editing
You’ve written your first draft. It is perfect. Or is it? In this workshop we will be looking at editing skills – how to make that perfect first draft even more marvellous.
Saturday 9th December: Genre fiction
Historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, crime, romance – in this workshop we will explore some different fictional genres.
To book your place please contact Clare here. All workshops cost £5.
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 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.