16th January

13th February

20th March

- £24 for all three sessions
- £20 reduced rate available (for those customers buying a book concurrently with securing participation )

On 4th April 2020, we hosted our first virtual workshop as part of the  Stay at Home festival, to provide an opportunity for writers to come together and create in the current environment.  We followed this up with further virtual events in 2020. By the end of 2020, we were delighted to have welcomed  over 200 people, from all over the world, and to have heard some amazing pieces shared, during the sessions.

Our half day virtual workshops are founded on our tried and tested structure, offering the opportunity for writing, stimulated by inspiring guidance and creative prompts, followed by sharing and collective feedback if desired.

The three workshops scheduled in winter 2021 will run from 13.30 to 17.15 on Saturday afternoons. Every participant will receive access to all of the following materials, support and media

- Stimulating prompts, inspirations and ideas via email

- Video conferences for discussion and sharing 

- A closed FaceBook community for sharing and feedback

13.30 Zoom welcome and intros 

14.15 Prompt 1 by email

15.00 Prompt 2 by email

15.45 Prompt 3 by email

16.30 Zoom sharing and celebration session

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. 


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.

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 Dean

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"