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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.

Syrian bread rolls and curried parsnip soup

This week’s prompt

Write the story of the people who ate the soup and rolls. A bird is part of the story, and your fiction has a happy ending.


Event news:

Six places left on Write into the Light with Jude. A pop-up writing session with Jude. December 13th. Beaufort Books, Larkhall, Bath.

One place left on Writing and Editing Flash Fiction series with Jude. Beginning January

Waiting list for Alex’s Memoir sessions in February 1st and 8th.

Come to an Evening of ‘Noir’ Flash Fiction at St James Wine Vaults, Bath, this Saturday 25th November. Six authors reading. Fun.

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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