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Plan your literary year with our definitive listing of courses, workshops and retreats for 2018. Whether you prefer big name workshops, talks or a personal retreat, find the right event for you here.


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: 3 February, 3 March, 6 April and every first Saturday in 2018: monthly afternoon workshops with flexible attendance. You can sign up for 5 or 10 sessions.The Saturday workshops are ideal for people who want to experiment with different forms and ideas. Cover the basics from character, dialogue and viewpoint to plot, theme and story structure with extension activities for the more experienced writer. Learn new techniques, share your work, get professional feedback and receive inspirational tuition in between writing at home. There is also a Novelists’ Survival Group by application and one off specials with visiting tutors on poetry, crime and comedy. There’s an annual writing retreat in Italy and opportunities for one to one development tutorials and manuscript editing services.

Chris Leonard Writing

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

Events: 10-14 Sept: Creative writing break at Ashburnham Place, near Battle, Sussex; Writing from Life two-hour workshops held on Wednesday mornings (Walton on the Hill, Surrey) and Thursday evenings (Bookham, Surrey) during spring and autumn terms

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 (£34) and Advanced Course (£425 8 weeks, £355 six weeks) • Further series of courses begin in Apr and Oct. There are also weekend workshops and an intensive summer workshop 23-27 Jul (£425).

Creative Writing Summer School, Oxford University

Three-week residential intensive course Exeter College, Oxford University

Events: Residential summer school from 22 Jul to 11 August at Exeter College for experienced creative writers (intermediate and advanced levels), with seminar-based study and a daily programme of talks and readings by established authors. Seminar options include Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Fiction: Turning Ideas Into Narrative, Fiction: Fine-Tuning Your Writing, Poetry, Scriptwriting and Young Adult Fiction. £3,035/£3,320 residential, £1,355 non-residential.

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

Events: 2018 courses include: 3 Mar, 7 Apr, 28 Apr, 9 June, 30 June: Start to Write (Richard Skinner, Joanna Briscoe); 10 Apr- 26 June: How To Write A Poem (Maurice Riordan, Richard Scott); 12 Apr-28 June: Write Better: Intermediate Fiction (Rowan Coleman); 12 Apr-28 Jun: Poetry Salon (Maurice Reardon, Richard Scott); 25- 29 June: Five Days to Write A Life (Julia Blackburn); 13-17 Aug: Nail Your Plot in Five Days (Shelley Harris); 6-10 Aug: Wo Do You Think They Are? Getting Into Character (Arabel Charlaf). There is also a wide range of online courses.

Guardian Masterclasses

Ongoing series of courses led by highprofile tutors from the Guardian’s contact book, held at the newspaper’s offices. Guardian News and Media, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU 0800 088 2586

Jane Austen’s House Museum

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

Events: Confirmed events: 17 March, 12 May: Writing Workshops with Rebecca Smith

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