Monthly Archives: August 2017

A story about a hotel

Prompt from Alex:

Write a story about staying in a hotel. Use a short time span and include dialogue.








Update on workshop places: One place left on Auturmn Creative Writing Sessions beginning September 21st. 5 places left on Art as Inspiration workshop in October and still places for Building Your Writing CV in November. Click on the links for more details and to book via paypal or any card.

Stepping Stones

Photograph by Steve Simons

This week’s prompt by Jude


Maybe you’re on holiday, but you can still take take some steps towards your next writing project. There are five visible stepping stones in this picture. So try writing five story ideas based on something you noticed or thought about yesterday.

More inspiration? 1 place left on our Autumn 4 week series starting 21st Sept. 5 places on Art as Inspiration in October. 10 places on Building a Writing CV in November

Luck be my lady

Prompt from Alex: These are amulets from World War 1.  The difference between a charm and an amulet is that a charm is worn to attract good luck and an amulet provides protection from danger.

Have you ever had a charm or an amulet?   Write a short story about either.





We have several events this Autumn open for booking . 3 places remaining on our 4 week creative writing group in September, 5 places left on  ‘Art as inspiration in October and 10 on Building your writing CV‘ in November.

Art as Inspiration

A creative writing workshop with Alex and Jude in the Pavilion room at  Hall and Woodhouse  in Bath

10.30 – 12.30, Tuesday 3rd October

SOLD OUT   Contact us  if you want to go on waiting list.

Maximum 12 people

Paintings have always inspired writers. The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier is one example. The author saw the painting by Johannes Vermeer when she was nineteen years old. ‘The Goldfinch’, by Donna Tartt is another celebrated novel inspired by Carel Fabritius’s painting of the same name. In Sunlight or in Shadow’ is a collection of seventeen short stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper,by well known authors including Stephen King, Joyce Carole Oates and Robert Olen Butler.

In this workshop we will use paintings as prompts, not only to spark ideas for fiction, but to think about how to look more carefully into paintings and  ‘read’ them.

Suitable for both beginners and experienced writers, this workshop will get you writing.

Check out our booking terms and conditions here and contact us for other payment methods.