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Get into print

2017 – your year to get into print? We’re running two sessions with speakers to look at different ways of publishing your work. £26 per session – payment by paypal or any card via the buttons below. Each speaker will talk for around half an hour.  In the first half of the sessions we’ll offer exercises and tips on preparing for publication.

Wednesday February 22nd 2017 10.30-12.30 pm at Hall and Woodhouse, Cafe, Bath. Local author, James Ellis, will talk about publishing his novel with Unbound an award-winning crowdfunding jamespublisher, that publishes works in all genres, fiction and non-fiction. James is a graduate of Oxford University’s MSt in Creative Writing. He has had flash fiction and short stories published as well as a travelogue of his journey through Central America. His first novel The Wrong Story will be published this autumn, 2016, by Unbound.

Prior to the talk,  Exercises on refining and editing that all- important first page of your manuscript, and on how to write a strong cover- letter/pitch.  5 places left


Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 10.30 – 1230 pm at Hall and Woodhouse cafe, Bath. Douglas Walker, from the long-established Self Publishing Partnership, based in central Bath, will talk about how they work with authors seeking to self-publish their fiction or non-fiction books in both digital and print forms. SPP publishes the Bath Short Story Anthologies, beautifully produced quality books.

Prior to the talk  Exercise on writing a good synopsis. What to do and what not to do. Useful to compile for marketing  your self-published book, or to send to traditional publishers and literary agents.  7 places left

We recommend coming to both events to find out how to prepare to submit your manuscript for publication and to learn all about the latest developments in non-traditional publishing. (If you don’t want to pay online, contact us for bank transfer details or paying by cheque)

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New Year Creative Writing Sessions

logoJoin us for our New Year series of five creative writing sessions in Bath Central Library, The Podium, Bath.

Dates: Thursdays January 12th, 19th, 26th. A week’s gap and then February 9th and 16th

Cost: £90.  Sold out. Contact us to join a mailing list or subscribe on the sidebar to receive posts about new events

The groups are informal and friendly and suitable for beginners and experienced writers. We’ll introduce a variety of writing exercises using prompts to motivate you to start a new writing project, or to keep going with your novel, short story, memoir, etc. We also provide handouts with teaching points on different aspects of creative writing.  Come to have fun and meet other writers.  If you want to learn more about the groups, let us know.

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Every Word Counts – An introduction to Flash Fiction

Thursday 8th December, Hall and Woodhouse Cafe Bath, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. Cost £26.  Now sold out Contact us if you want to join a waiting list. We’ll run another one if we have enough people. Thank you. Continue reading

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Events and updates

If you subscribe on this site (on the side bar) you receive a weekly writing prompt and first notification of any new events we post on this site. But you don’t get updates. If you want to know how many places are left on our workshops and courses  contact us and we will put you on our email list. Usually, we send out mails each month. Our workshops sometimes sell out very quickly, so if you’re interesting in joining us, we recommend you sign up. All our  current Autumn events are sold out, but we’ll be posting more news soon.

If you’re already a subscriber, let us know if the visual prompts are stimulating new writing. We’d love to hear about the stories you create and any other feedback. For further writing tips buy Alex’s book of 63 tips  and for writing advice check out Jude’s blog.

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Autumn Creative Writing Sessions


Our Autumn 2016 series of five creative writing sessions in Bath Central Library, The Podium, Bath is now sold out. Contact us to join the email list and get first notification of new courses and updates

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One Bird

This week’s prompt by Jude.

photo-one-birdSyrian poet Faraj Bayrakdar, formerly editor of a Syrian literary magazine, was imprisoned with no charge in Syria and spent 14 years in prison. He was released after international pressure in 2000 and now lives in Sweden. Jude heard him read his poetry (translated) in Slovenia in the summer. It was marvellous. And very moving. This week’s writing challenge is for you to write some fiction using the words  from one of his poems copied on to the wall plaque pictured here.”One bird is enough in order for the sky not to fall down”

Other news: if you are interested in being published, we have two workshops in February and March next year now open for booking on alternative ways to get a book into print. More details here