Jul
3
7:30 pm19:30

Be Your Own Writing Coach

  • The Tea House Theatre

Guest writer: Jacqui Lofthouse

Do you need some inspiration and motivation tips to get going and keep going this summer? What’s stopping you from finishing that book?  Do you start but never quite finish? Would you like to be more confident in your approach to writing?  Jacqui Lofthouise is a novelist, writing coach and literary consultant and has a wealth of experience and ideas for making the most of your writing time. This evening’s salon, the last before we take a summer break, should equip you with some new ways to a more productive writing life. 


Jun
5
7:30 pm19:30

World Building: Bringing Characters and Places Alive

  • The Tea House Theatre Cafe

Guest writer: Claire Scobie 

Are you finding it a challenge to create a vivid, evocative sense of time and place in your writing? Building a fictional world matters tremendously whether you’re writing historical fiction set in 18th Century Southern India, a crime thriller in contemporary Vauxhall, or a parallel universe in a dystopian future. Claire Scobie is a novelist, journalist and experienced tutor and mentor. By the end of this evening with Claire you should take away some fresh ideas on how to enrich your writing by animating your characters and bringing your setting to life.

Exploring Creative Non-Fiction
May
22
7:30 pm19:30

Exploring Creative Non-Fiction

  • The Tea House Theatre

Guest Writer: Francis Spufford

There are so many rich possibilities when writing creative non-fiction, be it memoir, travel writing, life writing or some other variation of the form. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start or perhaps you’ve started and are not sure how to proceed. This salon should appeal to writers interested in the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction and keen to explore and develop their voice. Join Kellie and Emma in conversation with Francis Spufford, whose books bridge memoir, history, travel, biography, science writing and polemic. Francis’s first novel, Golden Hill, is nominated for the Costa 2016 First Novel Award, and he also teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths.

Writing For Children & Young Adults
Apr
24
7:30 pm19:30

Writing For Children & Young Adults

  • The Tea House Theatre

Guest: Sara Grant

Do you write fiction for children or teens: be it a tale for young readers, a middle grade mystery or a cutting edge YA novel? Need some help? Sara Grant is the author and editor of over a 100 books for children and teaches a masterclass on the subject at Goldsmith’s University.

Sarah has a wealth of experience and insight in all facets of the industry when it comes to writing for young people. You should come away from tonight’s salon with some key ideas to improve your writing. 

Writing Historical Fiction with Essie Fox
Mar
27
7:30 pm19:30

Writing Historical Fiction with Essie Fox

  • Tea House Theatre

Guest: Essie Fox

How do you create a compelling and authentic story set in the past?  Who better than guest writer Essie Fox, whose new novel is The Last Days of Leda Grey.

Essie joins resident expert Emma alongside Kellie to excavate ways into writing Historical Fiction. After tonight’s salon you should gain fresh insight and top tips to bring the past to life in your work.

Book Launch Blog

Publicity For Writers; How To Get It & How To Survive It
Feb
20
7:30 pm19:30

Publicity For Writers; How To Get It & How To Survive It

  • The Tea House Theatre

Guest: Ruth Ware

Writers these days have to promote themselves, but it can seem incredibly daunting especially if, like most writers, you're naturally introverted. Ruth Ware is both a NY Times Bestselling novelist, and a former senior publicist with major publishers. As well as surviving publicity for her own books, she's worked with every kind of author from the world-famous to the unknown and terrified.

By the end of this evening, you should take away a clearer understanding of what's essential, what's a good idea, what's pointless, how to work with a publicist, and how nonetheless to protect your private, writerly core.

Writing Short Stories
Jan
23
7:30 pm19:30

Writing Short Stories

  • The Tea House Theatre

Guest: Stella Duffy

"Each story is a world of its own, broad as a novel and precise as poetry." Award-winning novelist and short fiction writer, the multi talented Stella Duffy, joins Emma and Kellie to discuss writing short stories and, perhaps too, some of the writers she most admires and why.

Here’s a chance to pick up some top tips for writing short stories. You should leave this salon with some new approaches and thinking to enrich your short fiction.

Creating Characters In Fiction
Oct
17
7:30 pm19:30
Make Your Novel Shine
Sep
19
7:30 pm19:30