Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Classes closed at Billingshurst

Due to roof renovation work at our venue, classes are no longer running in Billingshurst.

Watch this space for future updates!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

New Creative Writing evening classes!

New Creative Writing classes are launching on Tuesday evening, 18th March!

7pm – 8.30pm at The Unitarian Church, Billingshurst

£15 (waged) £10 (unwaged)

To join in, simply contact me here to let me know.

You don’t have to ‘sign-up’ as it’s not a course but an ongoing weekly session, each Tuesday evening.

We will work on a key technique each time, with exercises to support these and opportunities to share your responses within the group. The aim is to help you develop in your writing and work towards publishing goals. There will be regular info and updates on the latest opportunities to get your work in print.

The techniques are relevant to fiction, non-fiction, poetry and writing for children.

I look forward to seeing you there!


Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Evershed Arts & Word Circus!

Very excited to be launching classes in Billingshurst – at the truly inspiring location of the chapel at Unitarian Church.

Our first session is this Tuesday, 8th October, 10.30-12.30 and every Tuesday onwards!

I’m sure the writing will flow and I’m looking forward to this group.


Please note the above sessions no longer run – we are re-launching from 18th March as an evening class, Tuesdays 7pm-8.30pm, same venue. £15 (waged) £10 (unwaged)

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Creative Writing workshops…

..Gathering resources for 5 workshops I’m due to give for ‘Creative Futures’ in East Sussex later this month…

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

I want a reindeer for Christmas…

A reindeer I met in Stockholm….

……I don’t know how I’ll use it but have got to include this in a workshop, somehow, someway….this reindeer was just far too cute…..


Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Sweden 12th -15th July


Bicycle in alleyway…in Sweden

Inspiration for writing about place…also like the way bicycle looks as if only has one wheel….writing is about observation…


Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Creative Future…

Just taken on some work  for

Looking forward to delivering creative writing workshops for them in Hailsham over this summer…starting next Friday!


Thursday, February 24th, 2011

London Short Fiction Award 2010…

Good news…have been shortlisted for the above award…part of the London Festival Fringe…

…would be nice to get commended…or first place….but not being greedy. Mine is more like a micro-fiction entry at 500 words in the word limit of up to 1000…..but then, quality not quantity….we shall see…..

..Haven’t read the other 11 shortlisted yet and they’re probably amazing!


Thursday, February 24th, 2011

…And the results are…

Okay, so I came joint third…not bad…I really liked Eley’s story… our stories can be read on the London Festival Fringe website. The results were announced at the reading evening as all three judges put in an appearance…nothing like reading to an audience of strangers in a dimly lit theatre basement bar…no pressure!

London Short Fiction Award 2010

How the judges scored:

Judges                                   1      2     3          Total

Jennifer Thorp                      5             3             8

Tara Isabella Burton                 3       5             8

Eley Williams                                         5             5

Scott Morris                          4                              4

Carolyn Thomas                            4                   4

Geraldine Taylor                                  4            4

Shortlisted invited to read on Wednesday, August 11 at the Phoenix Artists Bar, Soho.

Bahar Oona Brunton
Carolyn Thomas
Claire Louise Norton
Eley Williams
Geraldine Taylor
Jennifer Thorp
Kate Kerrow
Mike Wendling
Robert Pickles
Sarah Day
Scott Morris
Tara Isabella Burton

The Winner will be announced at a ceremony for all the London Awards at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in the Aldwych on the evening of August 26.

We are looking for fictional stories, no more than a 1000 words, that are inspired by this phrase:

‘Quick, Before We Come to Our Senses’

Judges: Dr Anna Beer, University Lecturer in Literature, Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford

Dr. Michael Sayeau, Lecturer in the English department, University College London, link

Dr. Tara Stubbs, Stipendiary Lecturer in English, St. Peter’s College, Oxford, link


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