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 three workshops scheduled for early 2019, 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 12th January: Writing with your senses.  In this workshop we’ll be exploring our connections with the world around us, and we’ll be using all of our senses. We rely heavily on our eyes for the images in our writing.  Today, we’ll see where our other senses take us. [This workshop is now fully booked.  Get in touch if you’d like to be put on the waiting list.]

Saturday February 9th:  Suspense and ghost stories.  Fancy yourself as Edgar Allen Poe or MR James?  Come along and experiment with the spookier side of story telling and see what ghosts and ghoulies you can conjure out of the ether.

Saturday March 9th: Dialogue.  One of the essential building blocks of a good story, we’ll be working on how to make your dialogue more authentic, more truthful, more real. This workshop would be useful for those who write scripts as well as short stories.


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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