Reading to Write: Creative Writing Workshop, 8 May – 3 July

A (more-or-less) fortnightly writing workshop focusing on reading, imitation, and experimentation to expand and strengthen your writing voice

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 of literature?

In this practical workshop, we will look at five short novels or collections of stories (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):

Tim O’Brien The Things They Carried
Toni Morrison Sula
Don DeLillo Point Omega
Naguib Mahfuz The Day the Leader Was Killed
Kate Jennings Snake
Dorothy Parker Complete Stories

Dates: Wednesdays (more-or-less fortnightly)
(8 May, 15 May, 29 May, 12 June, 26 June, 3 July)

Venue: Islington (details will be sent on booking)
Time: 6-9pm
Fee: £185 (£160 early-bird booking before 15 March)
tea/coffee and cake/snacks provided

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or contact shaun [at] to pay by cheque or bank transfer

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

limited to 8 participants

…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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