Spread the Word’s spring 2021 season


We are delighted to announce our spring programme, running from January-March.

For our spring programme we are continuing to keep our programme accessible to writers by offering free and low-cost opportunities alongside bursary places as part of our create-write-connect campaign. If you are in a position to make a donation to our campaign to support writers, Spread the Word and the invaluable work of the Trussell Trust, you can do so here: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/spreadthewordxtrusselltrust.

Come and be part of an online writing community with our free Write Together workshops led by Michael Donkor for writers of all levels. These workshops will explore different aspects of fiction writing and are open to all.

Our free Developing Tutors workshop programme is back with Alex Marshall, Lui Sit and Christina Carè running workshops on developing your writing craft and practice. Please only book onto ONE of these events as these are limited capacity.

Our low cost activities includes the following masterclasses: ‘How to find the perfect idea for your children’s book with Jasmine Richards‘, ‘Writing Love Scenes with Leone Ross’ and ‘Research for Fiction Writing with Saeida Rouass‘. Each masterclass offers five bursary places for writers.

Our writing course this season is ‘Getting Your Short Story Ready for Publication’ with Luan Goldie, which has concessionary prices and five bursary places for writers.

Writers will also have the opportunity to book onto our series of 1-2-1 sessions led by our Writer Development Manager, Eva Lewin, which includes three Fiction Surgeries (18 January, 15 February, 22 March) and two Getting to Where You Want to Be sessions (1 February, 15 March).

Our full programme is listed below. Please go to each event page for more details on pricing and the bursary places available. Please note that all workshops will take place on Zoom, and the online course will be delivered via Slack.

We welcome all writers onto our workshops. If you have access requirements and would like to attend, please email [email protected], to discuss how we can support your needs.

We know that the booking system on our website is not fully accessible to Blind writers. and we are in the process of developing a new website which will be fully accessible. In the meantime, we recommend that Blind writers sign up to our Access List to receive priority booking of our seasonal programmes: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/access-policy/. If you would like to book on to one of our workshops, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll make sure your booking is put through.

Spring programme

Fiction Surgery with Eva Lewin
An opportunity for fiction writers to have a bespoke one-to-one session with Spread the Word’s Writer Development Manager, Eva Lewin.
Monday 18 January, 4-5pm
Monday 15 February, 4-5pm
Monday 22 March, 4-5pm
£55 (standard), £49.50 (London Writers Network member), £44 (concessions)
Book here:

Getting You To Where You Want To Be with Eva Lewin
A compact coaching programme led by Spread the Word’s Writer Development Manager, Eva Lewin. You’ll have two 60-minute coaching sessions to explore and map out your route and key steps to achieving your goals
Monday 1 February, 4-5pm
Monday 15 March, 4-5pm
£75 (standard), £67.50 (London Writers Network member), £60 (concessions)
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Tackling Difficult Themes in Children’s Middle Grade Literature with Lui Sit
In this workshop you will explore how other authors have navigated difficult subjects in children’s writing, and through writing exercises, explore how you can apply this to your own work.
Wednesday 20 January 2021, 6:30-8:30pm
FREE  (Developing Tutor series – please only book onto ONE event on our Developing Tutor series)
Book here: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/events/tackling-difficult-themes-in-childrens-middle-grade-literature-with-lui-sit/

Write Together with Michael Donkor
An opportunity for writers of all levels to be part of an online writing community, engaging in fortnightly sessions themed around an aspect of the craft or an interview / mini masterclass with an established guest writer. These workshops will explore: beginnings, characterisation and dialogue, characters within settings, drawing texts to a close and editing. Please note that if you want to attend them all, you need to book onto all the sessions individually.
Tuesday 26 January, 6:30-8pm
Wednesday 10 February, 6:30-8pm
Tuesday 23 February, 6:30-8pm
Tuesday 9 March, 6:30-8pm
Tuesday 23 March, 6:30-8pm
Book here:

Online Course: Getting Your Short Story Ready for Publication with Luan Goldie
Get that short story course you’ve been working on ready for publication! Luan Goldie’s six-week online writing course will enable you to read, write and edit to develop your short story craft.
Thursday 11 February-Wednesday 24 March
£99 (standard), £89 (London Writers Network member), £79 (concessions), 5 bursary places available.
Book here: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/events/getting-your-short-story-ready-for-publication-with-luan-goldie/

Masterclass: Writing Love Scenes with Leone Ross
Using examples of good sex writing, mini-lectures and sensory prompts for writing, Leone Ross will guide you through a class designed to access your senses, help you take the craft of love scenes seriously…and to write sex gloriously.
Tuesday 9 February, 6:30-9:30pm
£10 (standard), £9 (London Writers Network member), £8 (concessions), 5 bursary places available.
Book here: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/events/writing-love-scenes-with-leone-ross/

Developing Rituals for a Sustainable Writing Practice with Christina Carè
We’ve all heard the advice ‘all you need to do is write’ but how do we actually do this? In this workshop, you will learn how to create a sustainable writing practice that aligns with your life – an essential for every writer working today.
Tuesday 16 February, 6:30-8:30pm
FREE  (Developing Tutor series – please only book onto ONE event on our Developing Tutor series)
Book here: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/events/developing-rituals-for-a-sustainable-writing-practice-with-christina-care/

Masterclass: Research for Fiction Writing with Saeida Rouass
Whether you write historical fiction, science fiction, contemporary or crime, research is an important part of the storytelling process. This practical masterclass will introduce you to the range of research considerations involved in fiction writing.
Saturday 6 March, 10am-1pm
£10 (standard), £9 (London Writers Network member), £8 (concessions), 5 bursary places available.
Book here: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/events/research-for-fiction-writing-with-saeida-rouass/

How to Create an Immersive World with Alex Marshall
Discover how to create an immersive fictional world which will intrigue, entice and stand out amongst the crowd. This workshop will introduce you to techniques that you can use for strong world building and how to integrate magical systems into your writing.
Tuesday 16 March, 6:30pm-8pm
FREE  (Developing Tutor series – please only book onto ONE event on our Developing Tutor series)
Book here: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/events/how-to-create-an-immersive-world-with-alex-marshall/

Masterclass: How to Find the Perfect Idea for Your Children’s Book with Jasmine Richards
Want to write for children but not sure where to start? Want to learn more about the children’s market? This workshop will answer all your questions about writing for kids and get you inspired to create your own ideas!
Saturday 20 March, 10am-1pm
£10 (standard), £9 (London Writers Network member), £8 (concessions), 5 bursary places available.
Book here: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/events/how-to-find-the-perfect-idea-for-your-childrens-book-with-jasmine-richards/

Members of the London Writers Network scheme get 10% off our paid courses and a free space at our next London Writers Network event, which will be launched in the next London Writers Newsletter scheduled for 8 January 2021.

Published 24 November 2020