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

Sunchalker Shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Literary Award

David Allan Petale

Sunchalker David Allan-Petale has been shortlisted for the prestigious Vogel award sponsored by The Australian and Allen & Unwin publishers for his second novel Locust Summer. The $20,000 award is for an unpublished novel by a writer under 35 and the results will be announced at a glossy cocktails and canapés party at Sydney Harbour on 26 April.

David joined Chalk the Sun back in 2010 after Ardella Jones propositioned him outside the bookshop in Balham (now sadly estate agents). Back then his first novel was a few paragraphs but he joined us on our first Italian retreat and it started to grow. Since then David has married long-term girlfriend Carmen, blogged his way around the world with her, produced his finest work – daughter Ruby – and written two novels.

He says modestly, “Nothing’s certain with the award, but I’m hoping I meet an agent or something and no matter what happens 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 the very best of luck. His hard work is paying off! https://www.allenandunwin.com/being-a-writer/the-australian-vogel-s-literary-award

Country House Day: Creating Story

More wine?

More wine?

Last year’s Character Creation event was such fun and the food was so good, we are running another intensive day of workshops at Birling House, Kent with our hostess Sunchalker Fiona Parker Cole. Our focus will be on shaking up our approach to story, generating new ideas and reshaping old ones with new techniques, fun exercises and inspiring activities. Coffee and croissants on arrival, a three course lunch, tea and cake, wine and nibbles are included in the £75 fee plus pick up from West Malling station (frequent trains from Victoria). 10 am – 7 pm Saturday 22 July. 

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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