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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

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.

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Building your writing CV

Getting short fiction published in literary and commercial magazines, and winning or being placed or listed in competitions are good ways to build your writing CV and become visible as a writer. In the first half of the session, Jude and Alex will offer suggestions about different opportunities to get published for both beginner and experienced writers.

In the second half, local award winning writer, Joanna Campbell, will talk about her route to publication in several different genres and answer questions.

Tuesday November 7th in the Pavilion room at Hall and Woodhouse Bath.

10.30 – 12.30 pm

NOW SOLD OUT. Please email to go on waiting list


Joanna Campbell’s  stories have appeared in numerous competition anthologies and literary magazines. In 2015, Brick Lane Publishing released her debut novel, Tying Down The Lion, and she also became the winner of The London Short Story Prize. In 2016, her solo short story collection, When Planets Slip Their Tracks, was published in hardback by Ink Tears. It was subsequently short-listed for The Rubery International Book Award and was long-listed for The Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her novella-in-flash, A Safer Way to Fall was a runner-up in the Bath Flash Fiction Award inaugural novella–in-flash contest and is published in the collection of the three winners, How to Make a Window Snake. See her work on joanna-campbell.com and tweet her @PygmyProse.


Jude’s short-short fictions have  won or been placed and listed in many different competitions and she is published in National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, the Fish Prize Anthology, Cinnamon Press, Flash Frontier, Great Jones Street, The Blue Fifth Review, The Nottingham Review, Severine and Halo literary magazines among other places. Her debut flash fiction pamphlet, The Chemist’s House has recently been published by V Press. She’s a champion of short story competitions as a way of supporting writers and runs Bath Flash Fiction Award and co-runs Bath Short Story Award.

Alex’s short stories have won prizes in several competitions including first prize in the 2009 Frome International Short story competition. Six of her prize winning stories are in her online collection ‘Holding On’Other stories are published in the anthologies : The Amazing True Adventures of Totally Normal People  and ‘Tales of Psychotherapy’  Her short stories have also been published in commercial magazines. Currently, her  story ‘Rain’ is in the latest issue of In the Moment and another story is forthcoming in the same magazine later this year.

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Autumn Creative Writing Sessions


Our Autumn 2016 series of five creative writing sessions in Bath Central Library, The Podium, Bath is now sold out. Contact us to join the email list and get first notification of new courses and updates

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