Full-day creative writing workshops in July and August
Summer Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
Upper Wolvercote (North Oxford). There's free parking, a great bus route (#6), and beautiful canal-side walking routes.
The workshops start at £65 each; the more you book, the less you pay per workshop.
1 workshop £65 each
2 workshops £60 each
3+ workshops £55 each
Email me with any questions.
Each summer, I run full-day Saturday workshops. You get to choose which topics you'd like me to run, then I put up the favourites for you to book. Vote below by ticking the workshops you'd like me to run.
You book a selection of workshops to inspire and develop your writing, and some time off for writing. It's the perfect time of year for writing in parks, gardens, pub gardens, and meadows - treat yourself and make it fun. If you can, I suggest you block off a full weekend for each workshop, so you can use the Sunday to write. If you can book a week or two off work, just for writing, all the better!
The full-day writing workshops are filled with creative, practical exercises. Each workshop can stand alone; the workshops together also create a natural flow-through. All the workshops are multi-level – suitable for both beginners and experienced writers – and for most of the workshops you have the option to create new ideas or to develop a work in progress.
Each workshops runs with 4-8 people at my home in Upper Wolvercote. Some people have been writing for a long time; others are relatively new to it, are returning to an old love, or have decided they want to pursue it more. Small classes mean I can give more attention to everyone and help create a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
My teaching style is based around discussion, activities, and games designed to introduce the various ideas and principles, and allow you to try everything out. You'll do some activities on your own and others in pairs or small groups, depending on what's appropriate. I never put anyone on the spot and you don't have to read any of your writing aloud to the group. In some workshops, you do have the opportunity to share your writing, but I make sure this is optional or in small groups, and am sensitive to people's comfort levels.
We have a break mid-morning and mid-afternoon, for tea or coffee and biscuits, which I provide. We take an hour's break for lunch (usually 12:30-1:30) which we eat in the conservatory or the garden, weather depending. I suggest people bring a packed lunch; there's also a Londis and M&S garage nearby. I provide plates, cutlery, and napkins, as needed. You're welcome to bring something that needs heating, but do note that I don't have a microwave!
Because the workshop time is very active and hands-on, there isn't much time to take notes, so at the end of each workshop I give you a little booklet covering everything we've done, including the writing prompts. You'll also take home the assorted handouts you've used, as well as your own writing of course.
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