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 available – book now. 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 – 10.00 pm first Monday each month. By application only. One place available only. Submit your synopsis to

Our next workshop is at The Trafalgar Arms 1 – 4pm Saturday 6th April when Ardella Jones will be looking at truth and lies in fiction, how writers can become better liars!

Workshop with Simon Lewis, novelist and screenwriter

Simon Lewis is back by popular demand for a practical workshop on how story works and where yours is lacking in pace, cohesion, thematic links or plot points 1 – 4pm Saturday 4th May at the Trafalgar Arms

               Writers’ Holiday in Corfu: 19 – 26 September 2019DSCN0249

This year we are launching a new writing holiday in a gorgeous Durrell’s style village house in Magoulades a rural village in north-west Corfu where ex-Sunchalker Sacha Heath and husband Ben are creating a new retreat Mandala Yoga B&B There’ll be writing workshops and individual tutorials with Ardella Jones and Children’s editor Simona Sideri, optional yoga sessions with our host Sacha plus opportunities to explore the area and enjoy the lovely sandy beaches.

Writers' Room, Corfu

Writers’ Room, Corfu

The 18th century house offers accommodation for 8 writers in shared en suite twin rooms. There’s a terrace and pretty garden with views of the forested hills around. The fees of £650 ( £775 single room) include all tuition, airport transfers, meals and wine, beach and restaurant trips but not flights and insurance. For more information and bookings contact: 

Mandala Retreat

Mandala Retreat

Story Storm: Write as You Go  

A 5-day course 24th– 28thJune 2019, Gaucin, Spain

Creative Writing in Spain

Chalk the Sun co-founder 

Wins The Virginia Prize for Fiction 

Ardella Jones won the Virginia Prize for Fiction for new women novelists on 8th February for her thriller Rolling Calf. She receives £1,000 and is considering publication options for 2019.

Ardella Jones celebrating winning the Virginia Prize



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Fliss Chester (photo by Capture It Ltd)

 Chalk the Sun alumnus Fliss Chester released her first romantic fiction novel Snowballs! Winter Fun On The Slopes  in January. Orion have signed Fliss up for a three-book deal with Corkscrew! Summer Fun In The Vineyard released in May 2018. Fliss attended evening classes with Ardella and Jo in Balham before moving out of London, getting married, joining her husband in his wine importing business and renovating an old cottage -– proving that you’re never too busy to get that manuscript finished! 

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This summer grab a glass and head for the South of France (or the back garden) for some fun in the vineyards!




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!

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!

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