Creative Writing Online Workshops
'A brilliant environment for learning and sharing’
I have been running regular Bath and Bristol based writing workshops for many years. Since the pandemic, I mainly run workshops online. This enables participants to join from anywhere in the world, from the comfort of their own writing space. The group meets on Zoom, on a Saturday morning.
I'm running four workshops between September and December 2023, see below.
All workshops are run by me, Clare Reddaway, founder of A Word In Your Ear. I am an experienced facilitator, award-winning short story writer and playwright. You can read more about my work here and read testimonials from my workshop participants here.
All workshops run from 10.00-12.30 on Saturday mornings.
The workshops cost £12 for each session, except for historical fiction which costs £14.50.
You are welcome to book individual workshops via Eventbrite (see links below).
If you’d like to block book the four scheduled zoom workshops from September-December for £48 you can escape the Eventbrite fee by booking direct with me. Please get in touch for bank details.
10th February, 2024: Speculative Fiction
In this workshop we’ll be exploring new and unknown worlds. Futuristic, sci-fi, utopias, dystopias, steampunk, fantasy – let’s see how to depart from realism and inject a bit of surreal into your fiction. The market for speculative fiction is booming and ‘sci-fi’ has moved into the mainstream. If you’d like to dip your toe into this wild world, come along and give it a try.
9th March, 2024: Historical Fiction 4
In 2023 I ran a series of workshops on historical fiction. Attendees produced some fabulous writing on topics ranging from the Bayeux Tapestry to Anne Boleyn to nineteenth century sex workers. You don’t have to have been to previous workshops, or be writing historically to get something out of these sessions, and do remember that from a writing point of view, history begins in about 2010.
For this session we’ll welcome successful historical novelist Vanessa de Haan. I will be discussing with Vanessa how she goes about writing her novels, her research process and the balance between fact and fiction, as well as the publishing landscape for historical fiction right now. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask Vanessa questions.. I will be discussing with Vanessa how she goes about writing her novels, her research process and the balance between fact and fiction, as well as the publishing landscape for historical fiction right now. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask Vanessa questions.
There will also be writing exercises and time and space to explore your own historical fiction.
Vanessa de Haan is an author and journalist who has written for various newspapers, magazines and podcasts. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and was a columnist on the Western Morning News (writing under the name Zoë Kenyon). She has published two historical fiction novels with HarperCollins: A Time to Live (2023) and The Restless Sea (2018). She lives and works in the Blackdown Hills on the Devon / Somerset border, where she is also learning to lay hedges.
Please note that this workshop costs £14.50.
20th April, 2024: Life Writing
In this workshop, we will be exploring life writing. Memoir, biography, letters, diaries, eye witness accounts – all of these are life writing. In this workshop we will be mining your life to create your fiction. We will make use of objects, photographs, music and sounds, maybe even smells and tastes to trigger memories and recollections. We’ll look at how to balance, as Virginia Woolf says, the ‘granite’ of truth with the ‘rainbow’ of imagination.