Upcoming events

Support your writing with our drop-in Ideas Generator sessions or on going Work In Progress series, or join us for a full day writing workshop. Scroll down for more information on each of our workshops. 

The Ideas Generator

One off workshops to get new words on the page

The Ideas Generator

Tues Sept 17th 7-8:30pm (Click here to book)
HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 

Our short burst, quick fire, energetic Ideas Generator sessions operate on a drop-in basis - buy a ticket, come along, get involved with activities devised to get your creative juices flowing, write, share, write some more.

These sessions have been described by previous participants as fun, challenging, inspiring, opening, healing, beautiful, unexpected. 

You'll be invited to engage with free-writing, setting words free, writing fear-wards, allowing new ideas to appear without the constraints of structure or the pressure of expectation. All words are welcome.

If you're looking to refresh your writing, find inspiration, get words off your chest, or kickstart a new project, this is the workshop for you.

£12.50 per session.
Booking essential. Click here to save your space.

All of our Ideas Generator sessions take place
@ HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 

Work in Progress

Fortnightly workshopping sessions to help you develop your writing

Work in Progress

Thursdays  7-9pm July 25th - Aug 29th  FULLY BOOKED
@Alchemy198, Gloucester Road, Bristol

This series of six weekly sessions is designed to help you develop a piece of creative prose writing - short stories, novel extracts and memoir all welcome. 

With regular meetings, small workshop groups and (super strict!) deadlines, we'll help you keep your writing on track. You'll offer feedback on other people's work and receive focused critique as the weeks progress. You'll be expected to produce 1000-2000 words for each session.

We'll also provide clear guidance on how to critique other people's work and suggest approaches to editing your own. Come and reap the rewards of doing the work!

NB Although this is a face-to-face course, you will need to type your work and to have access to email. You will also need either a laptop or the ability to print out work for each session.

Contact [email protected] to express your interest

@Alchemy198, Gloucester Road, Bristol

One Day Workshops

Focus on skills and strategies to make your writing shine

Character Alchemy

Sunday June 23rd - 10am-4pm
Redland Library, Whiteladies Road, Bristol £45/60

In this one-day workshop with portrait poet Beth Calverley (founder of The Poetry Machine) and WriteClub's Alison Powell, you'll learn to distill your words and create spellbinding characters that leap off the page.

You'll examine the poet's craft and bring those tools to your prose, and you'll also be transforming prose to poetry - magic!

Ideal for poets and prose-writers alike, this workshop is designed to:
* help you imagine new characters
* develop and depict existing characters in your work
* explore the tools that poets use to find the very best words
* give you the skills to confidently edit your writing
* allow you space to share your new work with a supportive group. 

Whether you're a complete beginner, or knee-deep in your work-in-progress, you're bound to find something in this one-day masterclass to refresh and uplift your writing. 

Come and hold your work up to the light.
Booking essential.

The Speakeasy

Learn the secrets of dialogue

Saturday July 6th - 3:30-5:30pm
Alchemy198, Gloucester Road, Bristol

In this  workshop with novelist Gillian Best (author of The Last Wave) and WriteClub's Alison Powell, you'll learn to create scintillating dialogue that brings your prose to life. Ideal for beginners and experienced prose-writers alike, this workshop will:

* show you how dialogue works in prose
* explore how phatic talk (often) falls flat in fiction
* examine subtext and and how to do it in dialogue
* give you the skills to write brilliant dialogue
* allow you space to share your work with a supportive group.

Whether you're a complete beginner, or knee-deep in a work-in-progress, you're bound to find something in this exciting session to refresh and uplift your writing. 

Plus - stay around for cocktails and readings at the WriteClub Summer Party, starting at 7pm!

Booking essential

About your hosts:

Gillian Best is an award-winning, internationally published novelist. Her book The Last Wave was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize (2018), and CBC Books listed her as One To Watch (2017). Her work has been shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize, and she’s read at the Swindon Literary Festival, Dundee Literary Festival, and most recently at the Basement Revue. She has a PhD in Creative Writing (University of Glasgow).

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.

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If you'd like to make sure that you're kept in the loop, ping us an email to [email protected] and demand to be added to our mailing list. We send out monthly emails with details of our upcoming clubs, plus listings of events in the local area.

Small Print

* WriteClub tickets are non-refundable, except if the event is cancelled by order of the event management. Please make sure you have received an electronic version of your ticket when you book - if it doesn't arrive, email [email protected]. Tickets may not be copied or printed more than once. Each ticket is numbered and has a unique QR code. Entry will refused for duplicate tickets.

If you are unable to make a session you have booked for, please do contact us at [email protected]. If we have a waiting list, we will contact them to see if we can re-sell your ticket!