VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS FOR 2021
THIS ALL-DAY EVENT IS OFFERED AT THE COMPETITIVE PRICE OF
WITH DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE TO PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS AND WITH CONCURRENT BOOK PURCHASES
Since our first virtual workshop in April 2020, we have been delighted to host a further seven events, welcoming over 220 writers, some established and some just starting out, from all around the world.
This May, we are offering a day long workshop with the inspiration and opportunity for writing, stimulated by inspiring prompts, delivered throughout the day, Zoom calls for collaboration and interaction and an online group for real-time sharing and constructive feedback.
Every participant will receive access to all of the following materials, support and media
- Zoom calls in the morning, and in the evening for discussion, community building and sharing
- Three Zoom focus sessions throughout the day covering poetry, drama/dialogue and editing
- Stimulating prompts, sent throughout the day to your inbox embracing character, location/genre, plot, dialogue, point of view, poetry, screenplay and editing.
- Inspirational examples from literature, art, music and drama sent throughout the day and in advance.
- A closed online community for real-time sharing, encouragement and feedback if desired
Every participant may select to take part in all or a selection from the above. The tone will be constructive and supportive and there will be no pressure to share your work if you would prefer not to do so.
YOUR WORKSHOP FACILITATORS
Clara Challoner Walker
After an international career in banking and IBM, Clara refocused in 2014 on her lifelong passion for writing and shortly thereafter fulfilled her desire to set up her own business, Cosy Cottage Soap Limited.
Under the Ings Press imprint, Clara 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 and through which they have now hosted over 20 events, both face to face and virtually, in the UK and abroad.
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 years we have worked together, we have proved that we really can get people writing.”
Janet had a long career in the public sector as an Executive Director and Non-Executive Director working in London and Yorkshire. She is a qualified coach and mentor and an experienced facilitator. Janet spends most of her time writing, teaching writing and supporting other writers. She is a member of York Stanza poetry workshop, and of the York Branch of Script Yorkshire. As Janet Dean Knight, 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"