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A movie of your life

Challenge from Alex: The curtains are about to open on the movie about your life. Write the first scene.

Update on bookings:    Writing a Novel with Alex and James   6 places remaining for 2 Tuesday morning March workshops  Click on link for more info and for booking.

For flash events with Jude  in the New Year with Jude and Meg Pokrass click on link for more info and booking 

Period piece

Read any  Daphne Du Maurier? Write a memoir piece about the first time you read a classic novel you loved. Where were you? Was it a gift? Did you buy it? Was it in a classroom at school? Write about everything to do with your life at that time. Include the five senses. Have fun.


Want more inspiration for short and longer fiction? Jude’s running a writing session in late January with writer, Meg Pokrass on introducing humour into fiction. More details and booking  here.

Alex is running a session in March with novelist James Eliis,  to help you get ideas for novels and plotting.  8 places left.



Dates: Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 13th March 2018 Cost: £56  for both sessions Venue: Hall & Woodhouse, Bath 10.30am-12.30pm    Scroll down to Book.   places limited –   5 remaining. 

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good. – William Faulkner. “

These two workshops are suitable for anyone who wants to write a novel or has started writing one. Alex and James will cover topics such as finding ideas that will last the course as well as structure, point of view, timeline, character and ways to keep going. There will be hands on writing exercises to keep creativity flowing. We are also planning a follow up session for feedback, a motivating nudge plus some talk about editing, revision and how to submit your novel when it’s ready to go.  Beginners and experienced writers welcome.

James Ellis is an author and editor and his novel ‘The Wrong Story’, is published by Unbound. He has just completed his second novel.

Alex has won prizes for her short stories which are in various anthologies  and has recently finished her first novel.

£56 is for two sessions.

Please note You do not need a paypal account to pay, you can use any debit or credit card. However,  if you prefer please contact me for bank transfer details or to send a cheque.

Writing Funny Fiction

Monday 29th January at Beaufort Bookshop, 1 Beaufort Place, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RP

10.30 am – 1.00 pm Cost: £28. Pay via paypal or any card on the paypal button below. 7 places left.

Meg and Jude reading at the inaugural flash fiction festival in Bath, which Jude directed last June

Come to a workshop with Jude and Meg Pokrass and try out some different ways to introduce humour into your fiction. Funny character observations and actions, irony, surreal moments, timing, pace and odd linguistic connections, all contribute to stories that make you laugh.

We’ll introduce exercises and prompts, look at examples and you’ll have some fun writing.

Suitable for beginners and experienced writers of both short and longer fiction.

Meg Pokrass is well known for her darkly comic short fiction. She is an extensively published writer of flash fiction with three collections in print, Bird Envy, Damn Sure Right and The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down. She is editor of The New Flash Fiction Review, curator of Flash Fiction Festivals, UK and runs very popular on-line courses on all aspects of short fiction. She is currently judge of the novella-in-flash award for the international Find out more about her and check out her highly inventive writing prompts and the courses she currently has on offer on her website

One of Jude’s first published flash fictions, was a humorous piece which won an honorary mention in the Fish Flash Fiction prize in 2014 and appears in their anthology for that year. Two bizarre characters coming together over a lottery ticket. She introduces humour into many of her fictions. She can’t seem to help it.

Twelve people maximum. Book soon.