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MOVING YOUR STORY ON 19 – 23 June 2017 is over. We met great writers from London and Malaga and had a really creative, fun week. Thanks to all who took part.

Gaucin Writers' Room

Gaucin Writers’ Room

Why not combine a creative writing workshop and one-to-one tutorials with exploring Andalusia? Enjoy the coastal resorts of Malaga; visit the bull-fighting town of Ronda that inspired Hemingway; explore the historic beauties of Granada and Cadiz. Or just spend some extra days enjoying the relaxed cafe culture of Gaucin, home to many artists and writers from around the world. 

VOICE AND VIEWPOINT 16 – 20 October 2017

Tackle the tricky issues of narrative voice and point of view with this five-day course for new and rusty writers in the beautiful mountain village of Gaucin, Andalusia. Work in a small relaxed group with supportive professional feedback. The lovely, fun, informative workshops cover key topics such as: who is telling your story and from what perspective, how to control the narrative and the events.  There are also one-to-one tutorials to develop your work with  tutors Ardella Jones PGCE and Jo Hepplewhite MA. It’s a perfect opportunity to get a writing project off the ground or develop  a work-in-progress to a new level. Course fee £350/375€ 

Picturesque Gaucin

Picturesque Gaucin

The morning workshops take place in the lovely hilltop village of Gaucin with tutors Jo Hepplewhite and Ardella Jones providing practical writing exercises and techniques for fiction, travel or memoir writers. Afternoons are free for one-to-one tutorials, writing, relaxing and exploring this unspoilt area. We meet again in the evenings for a glass of wine and sharing of work with professional feedback from your tutors to help you develop your original work and maximise your creativity in a small supportive group. Wine and nibbles are included in the fees. There’s a final optional dinner in a local restaurant with readings from everyone.

We can advise visitors on flights, transfers and accommodation to suit all budgets. One bed apartments, double ensuite and twin or double rooms with shared bathroom are available near our teaching venue from 30€ per night while the village offers lots of other B&B or self-catering options.

Book Nowcreativewriting@chalkthesun.co.uk

The courtyard (above) and roof terrace (below) at our lovely central teaching venue

 One of the three bedrooms for rent at our fully equipped venue

quoteSuch an enjoyable experience. The tutors, Jo and Ardella, were so supportive of every individual in the group regardless of whether they were first time writers or published novelists. It’s perhaps testimony to their skills that the group dynamics were as supportive as they were. The content was wide ranging and I learnt so much. I’d definitely recommend the experience. I’m looking forward to attending the next one.” David M, student in June 2015

Our Gaucin Workshops

We offer regular fortnightly workshops and occasional short courses in Gaucin, a picturesque small town with a history dating back to pre-Roman times and views over the Serrania de Ronda to the Rock of Gibraltar and the Rif Mountains of  Morocco. Chalk founder Jo Hepplewhite lives in Gaucin and you can book her for personalised individual sessions to help you beat the block, test out ideas or finish a project. Writers of all levels from absolute beginners to published authors can kick-start their creativity or develop work in progress with fun activities and professional feedback from tutor Jo Hepplewhite with our new fortnightly Gaucin Writers’ Room workshops on Monday evenings. The Gaucin writers’ group which has published two collections of short stories by local writers.  Jo also teaches holiday workshops for budding junior writers 8 years and older in Gaucin and Cortes. For further details email: jo@chalkthesun.co.uk

hard at work 2013

hard at work 2013

Jo Hepplewhite teaching in June 2015

Jo Hepplewhite teaching in June 2015

Sharing work, wine and laughs 2014

Sharing work, wine and laughs 2014