Author Archives: Editor

Names matter

This week’s prompt from Alex:     This is my latest acquisition by artist, and author Mary Griese. Give my sheep a name. Now make a list of names for your next short story or novel, and keep for reference and as prompts.  Remember, names go in and out of fashion. Ethel is back in, Derick is out. Invent some names. Names matter.

   Update on places: Booking is now open for workshop on Editing. How to edit your work, and what does a professional Editor do, with guest James Ellis. Thusrday 10.30-12.30pm July 6th at Hall and Woodhouse cafe. £26

What’s in a title?

This week’s prompt by Jude

In our creative writing sessions we frequently ask writers to find a title for the draft pieces they write. The intention is to find titles that are engaging and not common place. The book pictured is by well-known French crime writer, George Simenon, who was a prolific writer,publishing over 500 novels during his lifetime. This novel was published in 1949 and has a dated title – one you couldn’t get away with these days. Perhaps the French title was different. And better.

Your exercise is to write a story about a married woman who is lost and confused or is literally at sea somewhere. Give it a twenty-first century title. Four words long,  like the one in the picture. But don’t include ‘the’.

What does an editor do?

Alex and Jude with Guest Speaker, James Ellis

Thursday July 6th.  10.30-12.30pm at

Hall and Woodhouse, Bath.

Cost: £26. To pay contact us for bank transfer details

Have you ever wondered what an editor actually does? Do you know what is the difference is between a structural edit and a copy edit? What suggestions might an editor make?  This workshop is for anyone who writes and wants to know more about the editing process, as Ernest Hemingway said, ‘the only kind of writing is rewriting.’

If you are self-editing, get tips on the best way to approach your work in order to get it into tip-top shape before sending to an agent, or for self-publishing.  James Ellis  has worked at an Oxford-based literary agency as a submissions reader, offers a portfolio of editorial services and is an author himself.  Alex and Jude will start the workshop with some simple editing exercises.  James recently ran a popular session for us on publishing his novel The Wrong Story with the innovative crowd-funding publishing house, Unbound.

You don’t need to have completed a book to enjoy and learn from this workshop.   And please read our terms and conditions


A hut of your own

This week’s prompt by Alex is a photo of a beach hut. Describe someone furnishing it. What would they put in it? Write a short story about a family on the beach.

Update on workshops: 2 places left on Creative Writing group in April/May, 2 places left on workshop with Tracey Darnton, children’s and YA author, and save the date for What does an Editor do? on July 6th with James Ellis. Booking coming for that soon. Booking for others on website