Reading to Write



I read in order to write. I read out of obsession with writing.  Cynthia Ozick

What does it mean to read as a writer? How can we grow as writers by reading great works?

In this practical workshop, we will look at five novels or collections of stories and one book on writing (see list below) and explore through writing exercises and discussion how to create new and surprising stories, as well as discover the techniques and themes you can apply to your own work.

The workshop is devised to suit writers of all levels who are willing to try out new ways of writing and thinking about writing. Although we will look closely at the books we read, the focus is very much on your own writing and producing work in the workshop itself and between sessions.

This term’s books are (click on covers below to go to Amazon UK): Lorrie Moore Self-Help; Sjön The Blue Fox; George Saunders Pastoralia; Jana LeoRape New York; Al Alvarez The Writer’s Voice; Sei Shonagon The Pillow Book

Dates: Wednesdays (fortnightly)
(3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 12 Dec)

Venue: Islington (details will be sent on booking)
Time: 6-9pm
Fee: £185 (£160 early-bird booking before 20 August)
tea/coffee and cake/snacks provided

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for more details, call 020-7193-7642 or email shaun [at]

limited to 8 participants (3 places remaining)

…who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined? Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series of styles, and everything can be constantly shuffled and reordered in every way conceivable… Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium


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