Workshops

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 in the past have covered themes such as myths and legends, nature, genre and flash fiction, politics, senses, ghosts and memories as well as techniques like structure, dialogue, editing and character.

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.

Saturday September 14th: Zingers
Zinging into Autumn, in this workshop we’ll be lighting sparks and making connections to find new ideas for the new season.  There’ll be exercises and ideas to ignite your creativity.

Saturday October 12th: Life Writing 
This workshop is all about you.  Delve into your past to find facts and fictions that will provide invaluable material for your writing.  What choices do you make, where’s the beginning, the middle and the end in a story that is 0n-going – the story of you.

Saturday November 16th: Looking At Story  
This workshop is a new departure – it’s a bit different to my usual workshops.  In Looking at Story 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.

Saturday December 7th: 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.   Numbers are strictly limited for this workshop, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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.

 

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