Develop your creative writing potential
for beginners and those who’ve written before.

With local writers

Age 11 years upwards
(Note 11-16 yr olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who is also taking part)

New dates

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th October 2021
Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st October 2021

Venue to be confirmed early September

Cost £50 for all 4 workshop days
(£40 additional family members)

Our workshop aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop your creative writing potential in an atmosphere of imagination, enthusiasm, and collaboration. Over two weekends we will work with you using poetry, fiction and life writing so that you can give voice to your unique stories.

More about Bernie Brooks
Bernie studied English Literature at UEA and has written poetry and short stories ever since, whilst also making a living working in health and social care policy and practice. He has combined his personal love of literature with his professional life by training managers and clinicians to use storytelling and narrative as part of their leadership practice. He has won several poetry and short story writing competitions along the way.

Bernie also has a Master’s degree in Psychology and uses creative writing as a device to explore inner life, including the stories we tell ourselves about identity and change and how we use stories to process and communicate experience – to give them meaning and purpose.

More about Siân Thomas
Siân is Poet in Residence for Ashdown Forest in East Sussex and her work has appeared in magazines including Agenda, The Clearing, Poetry Wales, The Rialto and Swamp, along with several anthologies. Her pamphlet Ovid’s Echo is published by Paekakariki Press and her first full collection Ashdown appeared in March 2020.  Click for more information about Sîan.

Siân also runs creative writing classes and workshops online and in Kent and East Sussex. For more information please write to her at

Helen Stockton
Helen will be running an exciting session about Writing for Life.  Helen has been a teacher of English skills and creative writing since 2000. She is a qualified teacher, holds an MA in Literature and is a PhD student with the University of Lancaster researching the role of writing for wellbeing in palliative care. Helen is also a writing for wellbeing practitioner and has held sessions for the general public, in mental health settings and in a local hospice.

Helen also runs creative writing classes at the Pink Cabbage in Mayfield. Click for more information about Helen’s courses.