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.
The Saturday morning workshops consist of writing exercises and prompts on a theme, Clare provides exercises which are stimulating and inspiring (hopefully!) in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
The Wednesday evening workshops are mainly be feedback sessions, where writers can bring a piece of work that they are working on and receive a critique. There will be a maximum of four pieces per session. The pieces should be submitted to Clare beforehand so she can give a considered response. The pieces will be read out loud so that all the participants at the session can hear and respond to the piece. There will be a maximum of 2,000 words, and it can either be a stand-alone piece of writing or an extract from longer work.
DATES AND THEMES:
Saturday 13th May, 10.00-1.00pm
Raymond Chandler, Chuck Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh – we can all list writers whose dialogue sizzles. How can you get yours to do the same?
Saturday 10th June, 10.00-1.00pm
A Sense of Place.
Do you want to set your story in medieval Spain? In Tsarist Moscow? In Bath in 2017? We will be looking at ways to give your work a sense of place and to root it in its location.
Wednesday night sessions will run from 7.15 – 9.15pm on:
Wednesday, 24th May
For the first of our Wednesday night sessions, we will be looking at how to edit. You’re written your first draft. It is perfect. What do you do now? We’ll be looking at some ways to improve your work.
Feedback and critique sessions:
Wednesday, 21st June
To book your place please contact Clare here. All workshops cost £5. There is a discount of 10% if you book five workshops.
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.