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.
Workshops & Masterclasses
I'm really excited to be continuing my collaboration with writing teacher and experienced editor, Andrew Wille to run some new masterclasses on craft. Andrew was our guest in the first Words Away salon: Make Your Novel Shine. We have two new workshops scheduled for the Autumn. On Saturday September 29th , we're running The Craft of Plotting: A Masterclass on Plot and Story for Writers. On 24th November, we'll be exploring The Craft of Voice: A Masterclass on Voice and Narrative Style. Both events will feature a Q&A session with industry professionals as well as chance to network and meet other writers. We'll be back at our lovely venue, the London Bridge Hive, a newly renovated space two minutes walk from London Bridge Station, situated between Borough Market and New Bermondsey St.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past,” wrote F. Scott. Fitzgerald closing The Great Gatsby. The depiction of the past and the processing of memory appears to be catnip to writers. The topic drew a full house to the Tea House Theatre recently to discuss, All Is Not What It Seems: How Memory and the Past Drive a Narrative, with the short story writer and novelist, Claire Fuller.
A packed house of published and aspiring writers gathered to join in the conversation with our guest, Virago Press Chair, Lennie Goodings. We could not have wished for a more perfect speaker to illuminate what every writer needs to know about being edited and being published!
We have a new lineup of events arranged for the Autumn! As the weather mellows and we head toward the cooler months, join us at the Tea House Theatre Cafe in Vauxhall for one of our monthly writing salons. I’m also collaborating once again with writing teacher and experienced editor, Andrew Wille, to run some new masterclasses on craft at the London Bridge Hive.
Last Monday evening, in the midst of a heatwave to rival the fabled summer of '76, we held our final salon of the season at The Teahouse Theatre Cafe. The tropical temperature didn’t deter our intrepid audience and they arrived in droves to talk, Writing Ghosts, with our guest, the novelist Jenn Ashworth.
Last Saturday we ran a new workshop, The Craft of Revising, led by Andrew Wille at the London Bridge Hive. Andrew put together an inspired program exploring various aspects of the revision process. A vibrant and enthusiastic group of writers took part and the day was further livened up by the arrival of the author Michelle Lovric and later, Virago Press Chair, Lennie Goodings.
Last Monday night our guest author, best selling novelist and creative writing teacher, Julie Cohen, treated us to a virtual master class in craft and technique as we discussed, Writing Relationships: Love and Other Bruises.
Following the recent royal wedding the Teahouse Theatre Cafe was still in a celebratory mood last Monday with red, white and blue bunting strung across the ceiling. Early evening sunshine streamed through the windows. The cafe hummed with a house full of expectant writers ready to explore The Power of Place with our guest, novelist, short story writer and playwright, Courttia Newland.
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.