The Ideas Generator

One-off sessions to spark new writing 



Mon Jan 20th 2020

HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 
Cost: £12.50

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.

Booking essential.

HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 

Work in Progress

Regular workshopping sessions to keep you on track



Weekly Thursdays 7-9pm
Jan 9th-Feb 13th 2020
HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD
Cost: £115 (limited earlybird places)/£145 (full price)

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. 

Booking essential

 HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 

Focused workshops

Hone your craft, find focus and learn new skills



Writing Resolutions

Saturday 11th Jan 2019 10am-2pm
HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 
Cost: £45

Make 2020 a fantastic year of writing. Whether you want to write a novel, a screenplay, the story of your life, or simply want to start journalling, this workshop will set you on the right track.

Work with experienced facilitator, mentor and writer, Alison Powell, to explore what it is that you want to write, how to make time for writing, and how to kickstart your creative ideas. You'll look at the value of daily practice, find ways to make writing work for you, and examine what it is you really want to say.

This session is open to all and is suitable for first time writers and those with novels to their name alike. Come along and set yourself up for an outstanding year of writing.

Booking essential.

 HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 

Story Structure 101

Saturday 8th Feb 2019 10am-2pm
HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 
Cost: £45

In this session, we'll examine traditional story structures, including the hero's journey and you'll explore how to apply these to your own work. You'll find out how to enjoy plotting, playing with structure and how to use it to build tension, to engage, surprise and delight your readers.

This day is ideal if you:

  • are totally terrified of plotting.
  • want to get to grips with the shape of your stories.
  • are keen to work on fiction or memoir.
  • want to understand how you can use narrative structure as a supportive tool.
  • are excited about getting new (or old!) stories plotted and ready to write.

There will be time for writing built into the day, as well as opportunities to collaborate, share and enjoy new each other's work.

Writers at all stages of their journey are welcome. Suitable for new writers as well as those with novels to their names.

Booking essential.

 HOURS Space, Colston Yard, Bristol BS1 5BD 

One-to-one mentoring

Get focused feedback and ongoing support to make your writing shine



Choose from one-off, quick fix mentoring to help you over hurdles and check the direction of your work, or longer term programmes of mentoring, designed to suit you.

Everyone needs a helping hand now and then. Click here to book a one-to-one session with WriteClub's Alison Powell.

Email [email protected] to find out about 3 month or 6 month packages.

"Alison is always helpful, but this was the first one-to-one I'd had and it was really comfortable and constructive...WriteClub has helped me get back into my novel, and I'm so so thankful to Al for keeping me going." - Amy

"It was incredibly helpful to talk through my work with someone who really 'got it', and the session opened up avenues I had not thought to explore within the piece. I look forward to checking in with Alison again soon; it is very comforting to have such a supportive mentor as on this writer's path." - Ash

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