Category Archives: Courses

Winding Keys, Workshops and More

Jan Bradley‘s debut poetry collection with Creative Future, The Winding Keys, will be launched tomorrow at the Amnesty Bookshop, Sidney Street, 7pm. And here’s a list of upcoming workshops from Creative Future:

Creative Writing

Brighton 1st Dec – LIVE! Writing Taster 12-2 at MIND, 51 New England Street, – free please let Dominique know if you plan to attend.

Horsham Nov 23 and Dec 7, 1-3pm St John’s Church, 3 Springfield Road – £3 per session

Worthing – 17, 24 Nov 1-4pm, Mind Worthing, The Hollies, 83 Little High St – free –please let Dominique know if you plan to attend


Crawley Nov 22, Dec 6, 20,  12-2pm Crawley Library, Southgate Ave – £5 per session

Bognor Nov 17, 24, Dec 1,8, 15, 1-3pm 28 Sudley Road, Bognor – free – art & photography sessions.

Finally, if you or someone you know receive self-directed support (SDS) payments (available for those who access mental health services in West Sussex), you can now apply for a place on Creative Future’s mentoring scheme.




Made in Sussex, For Sussex


An interview with Katy Ramsay of Brighton’s Pegasaurus Publishing, currently seeking poems with a local theme.

The Legacy Spoken Word event, part of Black History Month, is at the Red Roaster, St James St, tomorrow from 8-10:30pm (£6). If you can’t make it, there will be a final spoken word (and music) event next Thursday, October 28. And the Writing Our Legacy blog is still accepting submissions.

Ellen de Vries heads a ‘Poetry Day’ workshop at Evolution Arts this Sunday, October 24, £45-£38. Among the upcoming, all-day workshops from My Creative Nature are ‘Writing the Elements‘ (November 7, £30)  and ‘Successful Short Stories’ (November 13, £30.)

Points of Fiction is a series of monthly all-day writing workshops at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. £35-£50 per session, tutors include Stella Duffy and Bernadine Evaristo.

Creative Choices is a website for anyone who works in the arts, or aspires to. Register now for updates in your field of interest. Mark Brown, editor of One in Four magazine, is building a Wiki listing all UK publications written for, and by, people with mental health difficulties. Send your suggestions to Mentalhealthvoices.

The International Rubery Book Award is now accepting submissions of indie and self-published works. Authors and publishers may apply, entry fee £35. And the free-to-enter Eric Gregory Trust Award for poets closes on October 31.

On a sombre note, an article in yesterday’s Guardian highlights the urgent campaign to save Britain’s libraries, among the many public services under threat of government cuts.

And don’t forget, National Novel Writing Month is coming up in November.

Small Wonders

'Remnants' by Su Blackwell, Bronte Parsonage Museum

James Burt and Ellen de Vries are running the first of the Brighton Creative Writing sessions (‘Writing and Painting From Life’) on Saturday at New England House. Tickets are £20, please pre-book online or call 07709546714.

Or if you feel like getting away from it all, why not visit the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire, whose first Festival of Women’s Writing takes place this weekend, with Kate Mosse and Carol Ann Duffy dropping by.

Coming on September 23-26, the ‘Small Wonder’ Short Story Festival at Charleston, East Sussex, promises appearances by A.S. Byatt, Alexei Sayle, Stella Duffy, and Michele Roberts.

Back to School

Oona Grimes, Pighog Press

Taster weekend at Evolution Arts, Brighton, with free workshops in Creative Writing, Autobiography and Poetry from midday onwards, this Sunday, September 5.

Later this month, a one-day course in Creative Writing in Nature at Stanmer Park, Saturday September 25, 11-3pm. Cost: £30. Organised by the Friends Centre.

Brighton’s Pighog Press launches a new, improved website today.

Heading west, Wales’ Cinnamon Press has opened their bi-annual Writing Awards competition, with categories for poetry collections, short stories and novellas/novels. Entries close November 30.

Seeking Refuge

Pighog Press, an independent poetry press based in Brighton, has announced a summer sale on selected titles.

Nominations for the ‘Not the Booker Price 2010’ have now begun over at The Guardian.

The Lumen/Camden Poetry International Pamphlet Competition is now open. Judged by Carol Ann Duffy, in aid of London’s homeless. Entry fee is £2.50 per poem or £10 for six.

From October, ‘Poetry From Art’ is a 6-week course at London’s Tate Modern. Tutor is Pascale Petit.