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Plan your literary year with our definitive listing of courses, workshops and retreats for 2017. Whether you prefer big name workshops, talks or a personal retreat, find the right event for you here.


Anne Aylor Creative Writing

Various venues

Creative Writing Courses, 46 Beversbrook Road, London N19 4QH 0207 263 0669

Events: 24-26 Nov: Writing Surgery, Ship Inn, Rye, East Sussex

The Book Alchemist

Near Reading

Nicci Fletcher, 07980 757696

Events: Was Grandad A Spy? Home study bootcamp, £19; Memoirs in May, starts 1 May online course, £45. Nicci also leads ongoing online workshops all year-round on aspects of genealogy and family history.

Complete Creative Writing Course

A range of courses for a range of levels of writing, various times and days, all held at The Groucho Club, Soho, or nearby

Maggie Hamand, Complete Creative Writing Courses, 82 Forest Road, London E8 3BH

Events: Six 3-hour sessions on creative writing – choose from beginners, intermediate or advanced levels: Courses include: Original Course (£345) and Advanced Course (£425)

• Further series of courses begin in Apr and Oct. ere are also weekend workshops (£249) on 20-21 May and 1-11 Jun and an intensive full-day summer workshop 24-28 Jul (£425).

Chalk the Sun Creative Writing

Year-round courses, workshops and events for writers, in and around SW London

Ardella Jones, Chalk the Sun, PO Box 67647, London SW19 4FA 07852 483001

Events in 2017 include: Writers’ Room creative writing workshops; Writers’ Room creative writing taster and novelists’ survival group.

Chris Leonard Writing

Creative writing workshops and writing days, various times and days, Surrey

Events: 24-26 Apr: Wind and Windows creative writing break at Ashburnham. Also Writing from Life Workshops (spring and autumn terms) and Summer Writing Days, dates TBC.

Faber Academy

Extensive programme of weekly courses, weekend workshops and day events, all year round, now with some online courses

Faber Academy, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA

0207 927 3868;

2017 courses include: 18 Feb: Start to Write Poetry with Daljit Nagra; 20 Feb-20 Mar: Fiction Skills: Plot with Tom Bromley; 27 Feb-27 Mar: Fiction Skills: Research with Philip Marsden; 4 Mar, 25 Mar, 29 Apr, 20 May, 17 Jun, 29 Jul: Start to Write with Richard Skinner; 5-9 Jun: How to Tell a Story with Will Storr; 7-11 Nov: How to Tell a Story with Will Storr.

Creative Writing Summer School, Oxford University

St Hilda’s College, Oxford University summer-school-2017

Events: Three-week residential summer school from 23 Jul to 12 August at Exeter College for experienced creative writers, with seminarbased study and a daily programme of talks and readings by established authors. Seminar options include Critical Reading for Creative writers, Developing as a Creative Writer, Approaches to Discovering and Writing Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Fine-tune Your Fiction, Turning Ideas into Narratives, Writing for Performance and Young Adult Fiction. Residential with shared bathroom £2,945. Non-residential £1,300.

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Year-round workshops

Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire GU34 1SD Isabel Snowden 01420 83262

Confirmed events: 6 Feb: Jane Austen Study Day at the British Library; 7 Jul: Jane Austen in Chawton.

Just Write It Workshops

Relaxed, informal writing workshops with Suzan Collins

Gunton Hall Coastal Village, Lowestoft, Suffolk; 01502 730288

Events: 20-22 Mar, getting started, editing and publishing and pitching to publishers; 25-26 Jul, Pop-up Bookshop for Authors

Writers’ Day 2017

Saturday, 24 June

All day event, Free Word Centre, London

Following on from the success of the sold-out Writers’ Day 2016, The Literary Consultancy will be re-programming this event, with special industry guests, for writers wanting to know more about how to prepare their work for submission, and how best to navigate the changing literary landscapes of writing, editing and publishing. A limited number of editing feedback one-on-ones will be available on the day.

All Writers’ Day 2017 ticket-holders will be eligible to enter their unpublished writing into the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition. Previous winners and shortlisted writers have gone on to be shortlisted for the Costa Prize (Guinevere Glasfurd, The Words In My Hand), longlisted for the OCM Bocas (Fawzia Kane, Tantie Diablesse) and selected as WH Smith Fresh Pick (Piers Alexander, The Bitter Trade).

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