Kick Your Writing Out of a Rut with Ruby Cowling
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Are you struggling to make progress with your fiction? Suffering with writer’s block? Have you started to hate your own work? Don’t give up – there are ways out of the forest.

Everyone gets in a rut sometimes. This workshop will help you refresh your writing. We’ll discuss examples of how other writers have used unconventional approaches to storytelling, and, based on extracts you’ve submitted to Ruby in advance, look at ways you might shock your own particular work back to life. We’ll also talk about what else stops us making progress and how we can overcome those barriers.

What will you do on the course?

Ruby will tailor this small-group workshop in response to your individual work-in-progress (WIP), but rather than “workshopping” your WIP in the group, we’ll do short exercises, discussion and idea-sharing, taking a step back and giving you tools to apply afterwards.

Who is it for?

If you write prose fiction and are experiencing staleness and self-censoring, this workshop is for you – whether your work is yet to be published or you have several publications behind you. Course participants will need to submit a sample of writing up to a maximum of 2,500 words, by the deadline of 27th September (two weeks before the workshop takes place). Please also send a short paragraph describing why you’re struggling with this piece of writing or your work as a whole.

About Spread the Word’s discounted rates

London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

Ruby Cowling

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Ruby Cowling was born in Bradford and lives in London. Her short fiction has won five competitions including The White Review Short Story Prize and the London Short Story Prize, and has been shortlisted by Glimmer Train, Aesthetica and the Gertrude Stein Award. Recent publication credits include Lighthouse; The Lonely Crowd; the Galley Beggar Press Singles Club; I Am Because You Are (a Freight Books collection of work inspired by the theory of General Relativity); and Flamingo Land and Other Stories (Flight Press). She is Associate Editor at Short Fiction. Her collection This Paradise is forthcoming in 2019.