Events in 2018
In collaboration with Kellie Jackson of Words Away

* On Saturday 21 April, Kellie and I are rerunning the workshop Everyday Magic: The Four Elements of Creativity. See below a more detailed description, and here’s a link to an interview about my ideas on this workshop and a post with a report about the last time we ran this.

* On Saturday 23 June, we are also running a workshop on The Craft of Revising. This should be of use to writers who have completed a draft of a novel or work of narrative nonfiction, as well as writers who want fresh ideas for a work-in-progress. More info coming soon, but contact me or Kellie if you’d like further information.

Both events are held at London Bridge Hive, 1 Melior Place, London SE1 3SZ. You can book a space via Words Away.



Would you like to add a spark of magic to your writing?

In this day-long workshop, we’ll energise our instincts as writers by working holistically with the four elements:

  • Fire – to give our voices strength and purpose
  • Water – to evoke feeling
  • Earth – to embody all the senses with action and detail
  • Air – to bring focus and structure to our stories

We’ll discuss a variety of inspirations and departure points, including fairy tales, poems, and memories, and in doing so summon new powers to free our intuition, and bring depth, texture, and balance to our writing.

For beginners in search of ideas as well as experienced writers looking for fresh perspectives.

This workshop, led by an experienced teacher and editor, draws on a rich variety of departure points: the beginner’s mind of contemplative practice, the archetypes of tarot, conventions of storytelling, and experimental writing techniques. It is also informed by a working knowledge of the publishing industry, and most of all influenced by the love of reading and writing.

Programme for the day:

  • 09.45–10.00: Registration and welcome cup of tea
  • 10.00–10.30: An Introduction to the Four Elements
  • 10.30–11.30: Fire – Summoning the energies that drive your work
  • 11.30–11.45: Break
  • 11.45–12.45: Water – Feeling your way towards your readers
  • 12.45–14.00: Lunch – Explore Borough Market
  • 14.00–15.00: Earth – Grounding your action in sensory experience
  • 15.00–15.15: Teatime
  • 15.15–16.15: Air – Clarifying your focus with symbol and structure
  • 16.15–16.45: The Spell of Writing – Blending the Four Elements
  • 16.45-17.00: Wrap-up and goodbyes

Coffee and tea will be provided during breaks, but you should bring/arrange your own lunch – there are many eateries in the area of London Bridge.