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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.

The Artist’s Way
12 week course in creativity

Start date: September 20, 2018

End date: December 9, 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.

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.

Writing Fearlessly
A Tutored Writing Retreat

Start date: July 23, 2018

End date: July 27, 2018

Location: Northern College/Wentworth Castle

Join Anna Chilvers and Alison Taft at the magnificent House of Wentworth Castle, the Grade 1 listed home of Northern College and give yourself the gift of writing fearlessly.

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, focus groups and writing time.  Writers will be encouraged to share work with each other. There will be guidance on how and where to submit your work and we will be joined by a surprise guest author on one of the evenings.

Starting Monday evening with dinner, the course includes full board and accommodation in single en-suite bedrooms. The course ends with a celebration of the work produced on the Thursday night before checking out on Friday morning.

The cost for the course is £425.

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

Creative Writing Summer School
WEA course with Sally Baker and Anna Turner

Date: July 14, 2018

Time: 9.45am - 4.30pm

Location: Hebden Bridge Town Hall

This is a day of creative writing, with options to attend poetry and prose workshops. The theme of People and Places will be interpreted in different ways, and will include looking at the history of the local built environment and our place within it; a sense of place and how we inhabit spaces.

The cost for the day is £25 (free if you’re on means tested benefits)


Walking Through History
A Creative Writing Workshop

Date: April 20, 2018

Time: 10.00 - 12.00

Location: Scalby Library

The last chance to catch this workshop will be at Scalby in North Yorkshire.

To book contact Scalby Library on 01609 534059

Walking a Novel

Date: April 19, 2018

Time: 19.00

Location: Central Library, Halifax

In this illustrated talk Anna will talk about some of her experiences, and how she has used them to help create fiction. She will also read extracts from the completed novel.

To book contact Central Library on 01422 392630

Walking Through History
A Creative Writing Workshop

Date: April 17, 2018

Time: 14.30 - 16.30

Location: Central Library, Halifax

I’ll be running this workshop in Calderdale, at the beautiful new library.

To book contact Central Library on 01422 392630

Walking Through History
A Creative Writing Workshop

Date: April 12, 2018

Time: 18.30 - 21.00

Location: Ely Library

To book call 0345 045 5225

Walking Through History
A Creative Writing Workshop

Date: April 11, 2018

Time: 10.30 - 13.00

Location: Huntingdon Library

In this workshop Anna will share some of her experiences of the walk and how it fed into the writing process. Together, we will look at some of the ways we can use history – stories, places, artefacts – to inspire new writing.  This workshop is suitable for experienced writers and for beginners, for poets, storytellers and writers of non-fiction, and anyone who just wants to have a go.


This workshop will run at two Cambridgeshire Libraries.

To book call 0345 045 5225