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Anna is available for workshops, readings and other author events. Here are details of forthcoming events. Please contact Anna if you would like to book her for an event.

Write a Novel in a Year
Ten monthly day-long workshops

Start date: September 15, 2018

End date: June 8, 2019

Time: 10.30 - 15.30

Location: Central Library, Halifax

Have you always wanted to write a novel? You might have an idea, a rough draft, some notes or just enthusiasm. On this course we will cover all aspects of novel writing, including plot and structure, point of view, characterisation and much more. Each monthly meeting will include two workshops, as well as feedback sessions. There will be opportunity for you to submit work to the rest of the group for detailed feedback if you want it. People who have done the course before have gone on to complete drafts of their novels. The support and encouragement of the group will help you to start writing and keep writing.

Creative Writing Class
Thursday morning WEA class 12 weeks

Start date: January 10, 2019

End date: April 4, 2019

Time: Thursday Morning, 10.00 - 12.00

Location: Town Hall, Hebden Bridge

A relaxed exploration of creative writing, including writing practice. We will mostly learn techniques of fiction writing, but may also have a look at other types of writing. We will also look at work by published authors, examining techniques they have used in their writing, and using this to inspire new writing. The class will be about encouragement and sharing, and you will be invited to bring along your own work for feedback.

Writing Group
Thursday evening writers' support group

Start date: January 10, 2019

End date: April 4, 2019

Time: Monday 19.30 - 21.30

Location: Town Hall, Hebden Bridge

This is a group for writers who are working on projects and would like support and feedback from other writers, and for those that would like to establish a regular writing practice. We will do some writing exercises together, but most of the sessions will be spent sharing our work and giving and receiving feedback.

Writing Voices
Tutored Writing Retreat at Wentworth Castle

Start date: July 1, 2019

End date: July 5, 2019

Time: Monday - Friday

Location: Northern College/Wentworth Castle

Following on from the success of this year’s writing retreat, Anna Chilvers and Alison Taft are running another at the magnificent House of Wentworth Castle, the Grade 1 listed home of Northern College.


Anna and Alison are both published writers and inspirational creative writing tutors. They have worked together on many retreats and are passionate about enabling writers to find their voice and express themselves through the written word.


The course includes morning workshops, one to one tutorials, small group work, feedback and writing time.  Writers will be encouraged to share work and we will be joined by a surprise guest.


Check in is available from 12 o’clock on Monday. The course starts with dinner on Monday evening and includes full board and accommodation in single en-suite bedrooms. The course ends with a celebration on the Thursday night before checking out on Friday morning.


You are welcome to stay for the day on Friday – there is a beautiful library with stunning views in which to work.


Please contact me for more information at annaruthchilvers@gmail.com