Tag Archives: novels

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.

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 bathflashfictionaward.com. 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.

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.