Payment in full is required to secure your place

Our distinctive approach is a combination of creative stimuli together with personalised coaching specific to your chosen writing project.

The cost of these workshops is £30 (£20 for shorter Friargate event in February) , which includes refreshments

Absolute Maximum of 12 places



Saturday/Sunday Afternoons in 2020

Saturday 1st February 1.30 pm - 4pm - £20

Friargate meeting house, Friargate, York 


Saturday 21st March 1.30 pm - 4pm - £20

Friargate meeting house, Friargate, York

Saturday 13th June 1.00 pm - 4.30pm - £25

North York Moors Visitor Centre, Danby

Saturday 4th July 1.00 pm - 4.30pm  - £25

North York Moors Visitor Centre, Danby

Sunday 13th September 1.00 pm - 4.30pm  - £25

North York Moors Visitor Centre, Danby

A structured yet informal workshop, using a series of stimulating prompts, examples and artifacts which are guaranteed to get you writing. 

Encouraging and constructive feedback on your work is available if you choose and you may share your work with other participants (although there will be no pressure to do so).

Tea and cake are provided to keep those creative juices flowing throughout the afternoon.


Clara Challoner Walker

After a high-flying career in banking and with IBM, including postings in the Middle East, Clara focused on her lifelong passion for writing. She published her novel A Tapestry of Vice and Virtue and launched it at The York Literature Festival in 2015. She met fellow tutor Janet Dean on the Masters’ Course in Creative Writing at York St John University where they developed the Awakening The Writer Within concept.

Clara says: "Our approach is based on a coaching style. We help people discover what's inside and how to put it on paper. Over the past three years together, we have proved that we really can get people writing.”

Janet Dean

Janet had a long career in the public sector as an Executive Director working in London and Yorkshire. In 2005 she co-founded the Dean Knight Partnership which offers specialist advice for historic building projects and management consultancy. A member of York Stanza poetry workshop, and of the York Branch of Script Yorkshire, her novel The Peacemaker was published in 2019.

Janet says: "It's an understatement to say that we are very excited about the courses on offer. We are also proud to be developing a group of writers who have attended our courses. By taking part, people will be joining our growing, supportive community."


What others have said about our workshops, courses and retreats

"It couldn't have been better! You and Clara make a harmonious team, your preparation paid off spectacularly, and the breadth and depth of content was just what I wanted"


"The two of you as a partnership have something very special to give and I especially appreciated the extremely kind and sensitive way you made everyone feel they had something worthwhile to contribute without any pressure"


"I can't wait to join another adventure with you two"


"You both helped me so much. I learned an amazing amount and walked away really inspired to do more writing"