Faber author, BBC National Short Story Award winner, and long-time Reader favourite Clare Wigfall is finally back, and we are delighted that she is offering a new round of her hugely-popular writing workshop. We expect this class to fill fast. With over a decade of teaching experience, Clare has developed a method that guarantees to inspire your imagination and consistently brings extraordinary results. Whether you are an experienced writer or a total beginner, her intention is to break down the barriers that inhibit, so that the creative process can come naturally. Under her gentle guidance, this perfectly-structured course will allow you to develop a body of new work and experiment with different techniques. You’ll be amazed at what you can produce. By design, this course does not include a formal workshopping element, but does allow for opportunities to share your work. You’ll also be introduced to inspirational and thought-provoking fiction by established authors and will have a chance to hone your critical skills through group discussion of these texts. Clare’s workshops have a proven track record of inspiring her students to produce award-winning, publishable writing, and the final workshop will discuss practical tips for taking your writing further. This course will work you hard and provide challenges and surprises, but it also promises lots of fun and laughter, as well as much stimulation and encouragement from the others in the group.
N.B. This course was previously titled Kickstart Your Imagination. If you have already taken Part One or Part Two and are keen to work again with Clare, please register your interest and we will see what we can do about organising a new course for you!
A graduate of the prestigious UEA Masters Programme, Clare has taught writing workshops all over Europe, including for the Arvon Foundation, the BBC, and Bard College Berlin; she is approachable, generous with her experience, and her teaching has an energy that never fails to inspire her students. Suitable for advanced writers to total beginners, this special workshop series guarantees to inspire. It also offers an unbeatable opportunity to work with an author described as “so good she gives you chills” (The Guardian) and the author of tales “sorrowful, disturbing and darkly beautiful” (London Review of Books). Her debut story collection The Loudest Sound and Nothing was published by Faber and Faber to critical acclaim in 2007 and the following year its opening story was given the BBC National Short Award. She is currently completing a new collection of stories and is under commission following that to write a novel set in early 20th century British Malaya. Clare has just returned from an eight-month residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. In the spring of this year, Edition Solitude will publish a German translation of selected stories from her first collection.
“I’m really enjoying Clare’s course, it’s very well structured with lots of techniques and starting ideas that you can work with later away from the class too. The environment is supportive and safe for new writers, you don’t feel forced into reading things out and the various ways you feel like working with the prompts is encouraged. The only thing that would improve it, is if we could meet more than once a week!” – Zoe Langdell
“I signed up for a workshop with Clare Wigfall because I wanted a shot of energy and inspiration for my creative and scholarly writing. I didn’t really want to spend a lot of time workshopping texts, so Clare’s “Kick Start Your Imagination” course sounded right for me. The workshop is only half done, and already the words are pouring out of me, both in and outside of class. Clare’s exercises are primarily aimed at fiction writing, but I have found them productive for creative non-fiction too. Since beginning the course I have drafted much of an essay I had brewing inside me but couldn’t begin, and have developed outlines for several other pieces inspired in the workshop.” – Irina Dumitrescu, author of My Father and the Wine, nominated for the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“For those who are looking to jump-start their writing, Clare Wigfall’s Creative Writing Workshop is just the ticket. Her well-structured workshops offer highly creative exercises that touch on issues of thematic development, language, and character. It’s also great to meet other writers and to hear about their work. Overall, it’s been a great experience, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – Lee H.