‘We all tell stories every day – anecdotes and jokes to our friends, colleagues and family. So why not give creative writing a go?’ – Diane Chandler, Creative Writing Workshops London [Chiswick]
I can still remember how nervous I was at having to read my work out to others when I first started writing creatively over twenty years ago. And for that reason our creative writing workshops are limited to a maximum of eight people. They take place around the safe environment of my kitchen table in Chiswick, and my co-host, Stephanie Zia of Blackbird Books, and I take great care to ensure that everyone is settled and feeling comfortable. What’s more, there is absolutely no pressure to read out – you can join in or just listen.
“You both created a nurturing, productive and inclusive environment… “
“Friendly and welcoming atmosphere… no pressure to share”
“Though you made it seem effortless it was an extremely well-planned and considered workshop and I learnt a lot whilst thoroughly enjoying myself.”
Our focus is on unleashing the imagination, and we cover the basics of character, plot, dialogue, openings, and using the senses to bring writing to life. We use simple, fun exercises and at every workshop we aim to guarantee laughter!
While our workshops have been designed for complete beginners, we welcome experienced writers too and usually find we have a balance. Over the past 18 months my kitchen has enjoyed the presence of complete beginners, journalists, scriptwriters, memoirists, bloggers, copywriters, short story writers, along with both published and unpublished novelists.
Each one-off workshop runs for three hours. The cost £40 includes limitless coffee and homemade brownies. We also run follow-ups, delving deeper into eg. plot or character, for those who have attended our beginners’ workshop