Words Away aims to bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process. We hold monthly salons at the Tea House Theatre Cafe, in London and host creative writing workshops at The Hive, London Bridge. Through our Salons we offer a focused exploration on a particular topic with a chance to exchange ideas and ask questions in a friendly setting.
Be inspired. Develop and nurture your craft. Meet other writers. Please join us, all welcome.
Words Away creative writing salons concentrate on the writing process. Run by writers Kellie and Emma, every month we will invite a guest author to join you, the audience, in discussing a particular topic in writing, a genre, or a question of craft.
Over tea, cake and a glass of wine, we’ll explore the challenges and opportunities, the difficulties and joys of writing, and the reality of being a writer. We hope you’ll come and join us. The Salons are held once a month on a Monday evening, 7.30pm at the Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL.
I am really excited to be embarking on a new collaboration with book doctor and writing teacher, Andrew Wille. Andrew was our guest in the first Words Away salon: Make Your Novel Shine. I love Andrew's take on how to self-edit and polish writing and enjoy his unique blog posts on aspects of writing and craft. We will be running The Four Elements Of Creativity workshop again on Saturday 21st April. More details to follow soon.
We have an exciting new workshop, The Craft of Revising, all planned and ready for Saturday, 23rd June. I'm teaming up once again with experienced editor and writing teacher, Andrew Wille, who'll be leading the workshop. There's also a Q & A session arranged for the afternoon with Virago Press chair, Lennie Goodings. Our venue, the London Bridge Hive, is a recently renovated space located three minutes walk from London Bridge Station - close to Borough Market and the cafes of Bermondsey Street.
Letting in the light seemed an apt prelude to our salon: The Agony and Ecstasy: Writing Sex in Fiction. We were expecting a full house and quite a few early birds had already arrived, eager to hear our guest, the celebrated novelist and poet, Michèle Roberts.
Spring is inching its way forward at last! I've been deep in dog-training mode with our retriever pup Alfie, who's now five months old. So I’m loving the longer days with the promise of summer ahead. It's also been a busy couple of weeks behind the scenes arranging new workshops and salons for Words Away and I'm really excited about what we have planned.
As pretty as it was to see London under a blanket of snow last week, I was pleased that the Beast From The East made a timely exit for our recent salon: Process and Practice: Exploring Poetry and Prose with Blake Morrison.
Last Monday’s salon with best-selling author, Louise Doughty, fell on a bitterly cold evening. I’d been lucky enough to do a masterclass with Louise last year and was looking forward to meeting her again, especially in light of our topic: How To Write Literary Thrillers and Create Compulsive Plots.
It might have been ‘Blue Monday', but we had a fantastic start to the Words Away year earlier this week with a sold-out salon, How Writers and Agents Work Together, with our guest, literary agent, Jo Unwin. It was our most popular salon to date and it began with a lovely sense of anticipation and excitement amongst the audience.
I hope you had a lovely festive season or at least manage to survive it! There’s been no time for New Year resolutions here at Words Away Central as life has been turned upside down by the arrival of our new golden retriever puppy, Alfie. I’m going to be hunkering down for the next few weeks while Alfie settles in.
What can a prose writer learn from thinking like a poet? The poet employs metaphor, simile, sound, rhythm and precision of language to create intensity, mood and tone. In our salon with the poet Maura Dooley we discussed how these elements can be of service to the prose writer too...
I’m really looking forward to Monday 4th December, and our salon at the Tea House Theatre, Poetry for Prose Writers with Maura Dooley - it’s going to be a lovely way to finish the year as we gallop toward Christmas and 2018. Before we part ways for the festive season, I wanted to cast a glance back over the last month with a mini-roundup of what’s been happening - if only to figure out where on earth the last few weeks have gone.
‘Short or Long? That is the question,’ tweeted a member of the audience as we gathered at the Tea House last Monday night for a salon with the acclaimed novelist and short story writer, Tessa Hadley. Outside, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens was shrouded in the autumn dark but inside the cafe there was a seasonal sparkle and cosy atmosphere as the last of the audience arrived.