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Write into the Light

The days are getting shorter and the world is certainly dark these days.

Come along to Beaufort Books in Larkhall, Bath on Wednesday morning, 13th December, to write into the light. You’ll create some short-short fiction prompted by positive news. And set a few achievable writing goals for the New Year. Mince pies and hot drinks included. And the opportunity to get away from the Christmas shopping crowds in central Bath for some quiet writing time. Maximum eight people. Beginners and experienced writers welcome.

Book soon for this special pop-up Winter Solstice session with Jude. Maximum eight people. 3 places left

Cost £15. 10:30 am — 12.30 pm

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Writing a memoir with Alex, February 1st and February 8th  is now sold out but contact her to join a waiting list.

Spaces on November ‘Flashathon’ an intensive day of flash fiction writing  with Jude and Meg Pokrass at Trinity College, Bristol Saturday 25th November and come to Evening of Flash Fiction with six writers the same day. Booking and more details for both  at Bath Flash Fiction award under ‘Event’.

Writing and editing Flash Fiction

Learn all about short short fiction in an eight week course with Jude. Sold out.
New similar series of flash fiction workshops begins in March. Booking open soon.

Writing a memoir with Alex, February 1st and February 8th.Sold out. Contact her to join a waiting list

the Flash fiction series takes place at Cafe Retro, 18 York Street, Bath.

Wednesdays January 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. February 7th, 21st, 28th, March 7th (Note: one week break for February half term)

12.00 pm — 2.00 pm

Cost: £96.

Flash fiction is fiction of 1000 words and under. Often writers of the form create pieces of 500 words or less. This short-short fiction is growing in popularity throughout the world. In this course, you’ll find out about and try out writing in the many styles of this genre and learn to polish and hone up your pieces ready to submit to magazines or competitions. Jude will give homework to encourage you to work on your fictions and in the second half of each session we’ll concentrate on editing your stories. (Five writers each week).

Limited to ten writers. We’ll have a short lunch break in the cafe half way through. The course is suitable for beginners or experienced writers.

For those of you keen on creating longer fiction we will look at how to create a sequence of stand-alone flash fictions with a narrative arc that can build in to a novella or novel in flash.

Other flash events with Jude — One day ‘Flashathon’ ,November 25th in Bristol 10.00 am — 4.00 pm. A day to create lots of drafts with all sorts of different prompts. And a flash fiction ‘noir’ evening of readings. Six readers reading at St James Wine Vaults, Bath. Same day, 25th November in the evening. 7.30 pm — 9.30 pm. More details under ‘Events’.

Jude is a keen flash fiction writer and has won or been placed in many different flash fiction contests and been widely published in magazines and anthologies. Most recently, she was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Flash Fiction Prize. Her debut flash fiction pamphlet. The Chemist’s House was published by V Press in June, 2017. She organises the international Bath Flash Fiction Award and directed the first ever Flash Fiction Festival in Bath in 2017. The second Flash Fiction Festival will take place in Bristol in July 2018.

Writing a Memoir with Alex   SOLD OUT

Writing a memoir, or writing from life for fiction   

  2 memoir writing workshops with Alex — Thursday 1st February, 10.30-12.30 pm and Thursday 8th February 10.30-12.30 pm

Venue: Hall & Woodhouse, Bath      SOLD OUT 

                              If you want to be on a waiting list in case a place comes up  PLEASE CONTACT ME

One place left on Writing and Editing Flash Fiction with Jude beginning in Jan. 6 places left on December pop up with Jude, Write into the Light.

These two workshops with Alex, are for anyone interested in writing a memoir, or wants to in use their own life as material in a novel or short stories with plenty of writing exercises to trigger memories.  We  will also look at examples of different types of memoir.

If you are writing fiction, the exercises will give you plenty of material for those telling details that bring a work alive.  Just as in a novel, we enjoy a beginning, middle and end, a memoir needs a structure. In the first workshop, we will look at the different structures you can adopt to help shape your narrative.

Once you have chosen a structure, you can begin plotting your project so that you don’t get stuck in the middle. Guest Anna Schlesinger, will be on hand to answer questions about why she chose to use her experiences in Samoa to write a biographical novel, rather than a memoir.

In the second workshop, as well as sharing thoughts about ongoing work and doing more   creative writing exercises with prompts to jog your memory, we will look at various publishing options. Beginners and experienced writers welcome.

Please note: We don’t give refunds but you are welcome to pass your place on to a friend.

One place left for ‘Writing and Editing flash fiction’ with Jude, beginning Jan. 2018

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.