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


Join us for our Story Storm workshop 1pm Saturday 6th January at the Trafalgar Arms and kickstart your creativity for 2018

Book swap 2017



Fliss Chester credit Capture It Ltd

Fliss Chester (photo by Capture It Ltd)

 Chalk the Sun alumnus Fliss Chester releases her first romantic fiction novel Snowballs! Winter Fun On The Slopes this November with Orion in ebook and audio book format, with the mass-market paperback being released in January 2018. 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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Snowballs! is a classic bonk-buster set in the alps with plenty of flirting over the fondue, sexy French ski instructors and devilishly handsome men in hot tubs – the perfect winter read!


Sadly our eighth retreat at Il Collegio near Ostuni in rural Puglia (featured on Grand Designs) will be our last. Share this very special all-inclusive retreat at this fabulous venue with us by booking now.  There are just eight places. Enjoy inspirational workshops all morning, writing, swimming and sunbathing all afternoon, surrounded by our hosts’ sculptures and mosaics. Children’s editor and publishing professional Simona Sideri and Chalk the Sun founder Ardella Jones will be teaching. The perfect place to get creative.  Sunday 6 – 13 May 2018 

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.

BA flights Gatwick/Bari  and insurance are not included. ONLY FOUR PLACES LEFT!

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


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

“I learned a great deal.” Robin Destiche, San Diego, USA

“Thank you for a magical week.” Clare Copeman, Malaga

I really enjoyed our week in Gaucin! Very much appreciated your expertise, encouragement and advice, as well as the great company.” Will Haynes, Market Harborough, Leicestershire


Hard at work on the terrace

Hard at work on the terrace

We offer occasional 5-day courses in Andalusia, great for combining with sightseeing and beach-loving. Watch this space for details. 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.  For more information  email:




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!

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