Creative writing courses
Ardella Jones and Jo Hepplewhite, Chalk the Sun programme directors, teach all our creative writing courses and Writers’ Room workshops in London and Malaga. Our specialist tutors also contribute their expertise and teach on occasional workshops on Scriptwriting: Stage and Screen, and Children’s Fiction. See Your Tutors for more information.

We run a variety of courses throughout the year. Check the schedule of dates and times for details. If the course you are interested in isn’t currently scheduled then send us an email registering your interest so we can consider this in our programming.

Course Content: Which course is right for me?

New to writing? Lacking in confidence? Have written but want to get going again?

Build  your confidence before you join a course and try out a workshop 1 – 4 pm Saturdays in 2018

Like to try different kinds of writing? Need structure for your short stories? Can’t commit to weekly sessions?

Writers’ Room monthly workshops
A series of monthly workshops with flexible attendance.  You can sign up for 5 or 10  sessions. The Saturday workshops are  ideal for people who want to experiment with different forms and ideas.  Learn new techniques, share your work, get professional feedback and receive inspirational tuition in between writing at home.

You can also use your credits for any special workshops with guest speakers or one-offs on poetry, drama, animation or stage and screen.

Writing a novel or memoir but need focus and feedback?

Novelists’ Survival Group  monthly workshops 
The Monday evening workshops focus on novels and longer projects including travelogues and memoirs with feedback and  practical exercises. You can sign up for 5 or 10 and attend flexibly if you have 40,000 words. Apply via email with a synopsis and 1,000 word extract.

You can pre-book a one-off visit to meet the tutors, get a flavour of what Chalk the Sun offers and decide which course is right for you. You can hear student work, take part in exercises and even start a piece of writing.

Inspired by the idea of writing for children? Want to find out how to do it from a team of experts?

Children’s Fiction Country House Day 

Enjoy a day of writing, discussion and tuition in lovely Birling House, West Malling, Kent with a Q&A from children’s expert and publishing professional Simona Sideri and feedback and writing exercises from Ardella Jones. There’ll be breakfast, lunch, wine and cakes served through the event for just £75 (excluding transport).

You might also want to check out: 

 Italian Writing Retreat in May 2018 features children’s expert and publishing professional Simona Sideri as well as Chalk founder Ardella Jones so it will be perfect for those writing children’s or adult fiction.

CBBC producer of Wolfblood and Katy  Jonathan WolfmanGillian Corderoy, writer for Postman Pat and Wibbly Pig, and Jo Hepplewhite, former children’s TV producer will also be available online for advice on drama and animation projects via our 121 development tutorials.

Need to present and perform your work more effectively?

Our workshops help writers to read  their work  out loud, and are a good starting point for preparing for more public readings.

Are you a playwright, scriptwriter or poet? 

As well as our Writers’ Room regular Saturdays which provide support and feedback for all kinds of writers, watch out for our special workshops with a range of talented guest tutors including Danusia Iwaszko, playwright and director, TV writer Gillian Corderoy MA, Jonathan Wolfman, BBC Script Editor and the Chalk the Sun team.

Struggling alone in your garret? In need of some constructive feedback on your work so far? Want to know if your idea ‘has legs’?

One to one developmental tutorials
If you are embarking on a script, novel or other big project you may wish to have an intensive one-to-one workshop on your idea at the planning stage before you invest too much time writing. We will read a treatment/synopsis/sample (up to 2,000 words), give you written notes and a one-hour feedback session so that you can clarify your ideas and goals.

Ideal for writers with a project under way who may not yet be ready for feedback on a first draft via our manuscript and editing services. Time and venue can be arranged to suit you. A Chalk the Sun tutor will be allocated according to the nature of your project.

Writing for children? Need specialist advice?

It’s not child’s play, in fact writing for kids is more complicated than writing for adults with far more factors to take into account.such as industry guidelines and publishers’ formats. Our specialist team, headed by publisher and children’s editor Simona Sideri, provide MS services and tutorials for all children’s fiction and non-fiction, pre-teen novels and drama, pre-school TV and animations, developing apps, educational games and ebooks.


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Refund Policy:  If you cancel in writing/email within 28 days of the course starting date you will receive a full refund of your fee minus £20.00 administrative costs.  Cancellations within less than 28 days will only receive a refund in exceptional circumstances though we will credit you for another course.