LONDON WORKSHOPS 

Join us for workshops in The Wine Room, downstairs with its own private terrace, at the lovely refurbished gastro pub The Trafalgar Arms on the high street near Tooting Broadway tube.  Kickstart your creativity and start on a new idea, limited places, book now. Limited places available.

Writers’ Room meets 1 – 4 p.m first Saturday each month with guest tutors, hot topics, practical exercises and professional feedback for all kinds of writers at The Trafalgar Arms Tooting.

Writers’ Block? Stuck on 40,000 words? Try our monthly Novelists’ Survival Group with Ardella Jones  and sort out your plot 7 - 9.30 pm first Monday each month. By application only. Two places available only. Submit your synopsis to ardella@chalkthesun.co.uk

Country House Day: Creating Story

Saturday 22 July 2017

An intensive day of workshops at Birling House, Kent

More wine?

More wine?

Have you always wanted to write but can’t find a starting point? Do you write but feel a bit lost and uninspired?

This is your chance to make your ideas fly, find a narrative voice, solve your plot problems, re-boot your creativity, all in a gorgeous house and garden with delicious food catered by our hostess, Novelists’ Survival Group member Fiona Parker Cole.

Are al fresco workshops more inspiring?

Are al fresco workshops more inspiring?

After coffee and croissants at 10.15 am, writer Ardella Jones will create story scenarios with you, providing practical tips and inspirational new techniques for exploring character, plot and theme.

There’s a scrummy lunch followed by work on dialogue and voice. We’ll review story structure and dream up new developments for your protagonists over tea and cake. You’ll get some time to write then we’ll feedback on the results with a glass of wine until 7 pm.

Fiona lunch

Fees: £75 for tuition, drinks and nibbles, three course lunch with wine (vegetarian/special diet options on request). There’s parking at the house if you drive or frequent trains from Victoria with free pick up from West Malling station. There are only twelve places so book now: creativewriting@chalkthesun.co.uk

Sunchalker Shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Literary Award

David Allan Petale

Sunchalker David Allan-Petale was shortlisted for the prestigious Vogel award sponsored by The Australian and Allen & Unwin publishers for his second novel Locust Summer. The $20,000 prize, for an unpublished novel by a writer under 35, was finally awarded to Marija Pericic for The Lost Pages but David was philosophical about the result. “Marija was a worthy winner,” he says, ” but I’m hoping I meet an agent or something and I can always say I was shortlisted for the Vogel. I’m keeping my head down, working on my second draft of a new book and just ploughing ahead. The blank page remains. Couldn’t have done this without you. It started with you handing me a flyer for Chalk on that grey Balham street corner, and you and Jo and the Wolfman unlocked a world of colour. Thank you for your insights and guidance and patience with my appalling grammar over many years. I’m indebted to you.”

We wish David best of luck with his writing – the hard work will pay off!

https://www.allenandunwin.com/being-a-writer/the-australian-vogel-s-literary-award

Tales from The Two Puddings Wins Best Doco Award

Sunchalker Rob West’s documentary about East End pub and iconic music venue The Two Puddings in Stratford has won Unrestricted View Best Documentary 2017 award. The film, directed by Rob, was screened last year at selected PictureHouses. Look out for a cameo performance from Writers’ Room regular Jim!  Congratulations!   http://screenanarchy.com/2017/05/unrestricted-view-film-festival-announces-2017-award-winners-contrib.html

New Story Doctor

Big thanks to crime writer Simon Lewis (Go, Bad Traffic, Border Run, Jet Trash) for an amazing session on 1st April ,

Simon Lewis joined us in the bar to carry on the hot topic

Simon Lewis joined us in the bar to carry on the hot topic

Simon is joining our team as a story doctor  and will be available for a limited number of 1-2-1 consultations.

Simon Lewis, crime novelist and screenwriter

Simon Lewis, crime novelist and screenwriter

ITALIAN WRITING RETREAT: 17 – 24 SEPTEMBER 

The all-inclusive retreats at Il Collegio are very popular so book soon.  Only 3 places left.

The £950 fee covers accommodation, 15 hours tuition plus feedback sessions and one-to-ones, airport transfers, self-catered breakfasts and lunch, aperitifs and nibbles, three course organic dinners with wine.

Easyjet flights Gatwick/Bari  and insurance are not included.

Dr Fiona hard at work on novel number two

Dr Fiona hard at work on novel number two

The terrace

The terrace

Jim and Alison teamed up in the library

Jim and Alison teamed up in the library

Free Creative Writing workshops for Women

Nichola Charalambou from Creative Writes returns to teach another series of free beginners’ workshops for local women at the Mimosa Project, Battersea Methodist Mission, York Road, SW11 every Thursday 10 am – 12.30 in 2017.  Email: creativewriting@chalkthesun.co.uk for more details

Nichola (right) with Mimosa writers

Nichola (right) with Mimosa writers

CREATIVE WRITING IN SPAIN

“The workshops were fun and stimulating; I shared a house with great people; the scenery, restaurants and beach trips were wonderful.” Jerilyn Bence, Clapham

MOVING YOUR STORY ON 5-day course for writers wishing to take their work to a higher level with focused one-to-0ne guidance 19 – 23 June 2017 with Jo Hepplewhite and Ardella Jones. Ask us about flights and accommodation. Only two places left.

VOICE & VIEWPOINT 5-days focusing on the construction and control your narrative – who is telling the story? What’s the perspective? With Jo Hepplewhite and Ardella Jones. 9 – 13 October 2017 

Hard at work on the terrace

Hard at work on the terrace

Gaucin resident tutor Jo Hepplewhite  teaches regular fortnightly workshops and occasional children’s holiday courses in Andalusia. She can also be booked for one-to-one development tutorials, private tuition and editing services.  Chalk the Sun has just published its second collection of stories by local writers in English and Spanish. For more information on all our Spanish projects email:  jo@chalkthesun.co.uk

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