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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.

WEA Writing Group

Start date: September 19, 2019

End date: December 5, 2019

Time: Thursday 7-9pm

Location: Hebden Bridge Town Hall

An eleven week course

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.

This course is FREE to those on qualifying benefits.

WEA Creative Writing Course

Start date: September 19, 2019

End date: December 5, 2019

Time: Thursda 10am - 12noon

Location: Hebden Bridge Town Hall

An eleven week course

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.

This course is FREE to those on qualifying benefits.

Write a Novel in a Year

Start date: September 21, 2019

End date: June 6, 2020

Time: Saturday 10.30am - 3.30pm

Location: Central Library, Halifax

A ten month WEA course – one Saturday per month

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.

This course is FREE to those on qualifying benefits.

The Art of Writing

Start date: July 27, 2020

End date: July 31, 2020

Time: Monday evening - Friday afternoon

Location: Northern College @ Wentworth Castle

Writing Retreat with Anna Chilvers and Ali Harper

For the seventh year running, Anna Chilvers and Ali Harper are delighted to host a tutored writing retreat, at Northern College based at the magnificent Grade 1 listed House of Wentworth Castle.

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

The course includes workshops, one to one tutorials, small group work, feedback and writing time.  Writers are encouraged to share work both in class and at the Thursday night celebration. 

New for 2020… is a Writing Marathon on the Friday morning before the course ends with a farewell lunch. 

Check in is available from 12noon on Monday. The course starts with dinner on Monday evening and includes full board and College accommodation in single en-suite bedrooms. 

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

The cost for the course is £460 and includes full board from Monday dinner to Friday lunch. 

Please email annaruthchilvers@gmail.com for more information and bookings.