How Memory and the Past Drive a Narrative with Claire Fuller

“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.

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New Salons and Masterclasses: Autumn '18

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. 

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Writing Ghosts with Jenn Ashworth

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.

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The Craft of Revising Workshop with Andrew Wille

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. 

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The Power of Place with Courttia Newland

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.

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The Craft of Revising with Andrew Wille

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.

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New Season Workshops & Salons

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.

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New Year, New Pup, New Salons

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.

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Everyday Magic: The Four Elements of Creativity Workshop & Other Adventures

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.

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Short Or Long? Form In Fiction with Tessa Hadley

‘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. 

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