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

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!




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!