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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.

The Artist’s Way
12 week course in creativity

Start date: September 20, 2018

End date: December 13, 2018

Time: Thursday 19.00 - 21.00

Location: Hope Baptist, Hebden Bridge

This is a twelve week course in creativity. Based on the bestselling book by Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way is a course that helps you identify your creative blocks, and to gently break them down, allowing yourself to become more creative. The course is for anyone who wants more creativity in their lives, be that art, music, writing, pottery, clowning, crafts, dance – or maybe just having a more creative approach in the day to day. Working together in a group, the course will give nurture and encouragement as you start to break down barriers. Previous students have gone on to write, paint, dance and much more.This course will help you to access and express your creativity. It is not a writing course but it will involve writing.

Writing Group
Monday evening writers' support group

Start date: September 24, 2018

End date: December 3, 2018

Time: Monday 19.30 - 21.30

Location: Hope Baptist, 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.

Creative Writing Class
Thursday morning WEA class 10 weeks

Start date: September 27, 2018

End date: December 6, 2018

Time: Thursday Morning, 10.00 - 12.00

Location: Hope Baptist, 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 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