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Apples and Pears

This week’s prompt by Jude.


Write a piece about  apples and pears —picking the fruit, eating it, cooking with it, buying it. It could be memoir, it could be fiction. Include fruity autumn smells and exact tastes. Involve two characters. One is reluctant.


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Fast and slow

This week’s prompt by Jude.


Write an updated version of the story about the tortoise and the hare. Use people instead of animals. Write your first  draft fast, edit slowly.




Want to come to our writing sessions? We’ve three new writing events for the autumn open for booking now. Fun and friendly. Beginner and experienced writers welcome.

What lies beneath

What lies underneath

This week’s prompt by Jude

A couple doing up an old house somewhere Mediterranean. Use stripping down layers of old plaster and paint as a metaphor for discovering what lies beneath the surface of their relationship. A longer story, a flash fiction piece – it’s up to you. Check out the great competition listings at Almond Press if you want to submit your finished story somewhere. The listings are all in date order.


Write a Short Story


Write a short story in three weeks. Tuesday afternoons, May 10th, May 17th, May 24th 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. Bath Central Library with Alex and Jude.   Places limited to 12. Cost £60.

We sold out in one day for this workshop!  Contact us if you would like to go on a waiting list or join our email list. If there is enough demand we will put on another 3-week  short story series soon.

  • Week One – Beginnings
  • Week Two – Middles
  • Week Three – Endings

We’ll  help you find ideas, interesting subjects and characters. You will think about structure, plot, point of view and ways to edit your work when it’s finished. We’ll tell you more about writing short stories for competitions and opportunities for submitting to journals.

Suitable for beginner or more experienced writers who want encouragement and support  to complete a first draft of a story.

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