WriteClub was founded by Bristol-based writers Alison Powell and Emily Koch in 2016. Together they developed the Ideas Generator sessions - lively workshops designed to help writers get fresh work on the page. Since 2017, Emily has been focusing on her book and her baby (book number two AND baby two on their way soon!), but is occasionally persuaded to come back and join Al for a one-day workshop or a WriteClub party! 

Alison Powell writes prose fiction and is one of twenty emerging Welsh writers on the Hay Festival Writers at Work Programme. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa and set up WriteClub in 2016 with novelist Emily Koch. Her first novel, When the Mountain Swallowed the Morning won runner-up prize in The Bridport First Novel Award, was longlisted in the Mslexia Women's Novel Prize and shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbit Bath Spa Award. Her flash fiction has been listed in numerous competitions and published in various anthologies.

You can read an extract from When the Mountain Swallowed the Morning here.  Alison's story 'Who said the river was red?' won the local author award in the Bath Short Story Award 2016. Read it online here.


Emily Koch is an author and journalist living in Bristol, UK, and she is represented by Peter Straus at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Her debut novel If I Die Before I Wake, published by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is a top 20 bestseller and was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award. It has also been longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, and was selected as a Waterstones Thriller of the Month.