Events: Workshops and courses


Dawn to Dusk nature writing weekend with writer-in-residence William Henry Searle

 “On the role of love in our connections to the natural world.”   Bookended by the sunset and sunrise, writer-in-residence William Henry Searle will guide participants on a reflective weekend workshop, foregrounding the role of personal emotion and love in our nature writing practice.   Over a series of walks, personal time to write and guided workshops…

Saturday 11 November 1500 - Sunday 12 November 1600
Workshops and courses

Poetry Surgeries with Ella Frears

Sessions offered: 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm Do you have a single poem, work in progress, that you’re looking for expert insight on? These poetry surgeries are a chance to gain detailed feedback on one poem from award-winning poet Ella Frears. You will be asked to supply your poem (one side of A4 maximum)…

Saturday 22 July 1100 - 1730
Workshops and courses

‘Beyond Description’ Poetry Workshop

Explore Exeter’s 17th Century Custom House with writer-in-residence Kim Squirrell Are you interested in experimenting with ekphrastic writing? This workshop led by poet Kim Squirrell is an opportunity to explore innovative approaches and exercises for poetry writing in response to the Custom House’s objects, images and archives. Inspired by Dr Sally Flint’s research on ekphrastic…

Thursday 13 July 1800 - 2000
Workshops and courses

Tanka Poems and Paper Boats workshop

A creative family workshop of paperfolding and poetry at the Quay Come and explore impressions, ideas, hopes and dreams for our beautiful river and canal. What can you see, hear, touch, smell, taste? How does it make you feel to sit by the water and spend time with family and friends? Discover who else lived,…

Wednesday 26 July 2.30pm - 5pm
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Hothouse: crafting new fiction with Andrew Miller

A three-day course for writers of fiction Do you have a big idea that you are looking for time and support to nurture? Have you started writing your novel but are looking for inspiration to take the next steps? This selected, intensive weekend of workshopping is designed for you. Join award-winning novelist Andrew Miller over…

Friday 21 April 11:00 am - Sunday 23 April 5:00pm
Workshops and courses

Eco-Poetry Workshop with Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Join acclaimed poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett for an eco-poetry workshop at Exeter Custom House. Expect a nourishing take on writing in the rhythms of nature ahead of the Sunday full moon. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is an author and academic whose creative and critical work has a largely environmental focus. Publications include poetry collections Of Sea (2021) and…

Saturday 4 February 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
Free Event

Poetry for Wellbeing with Harula Ladd

Part of the Health and Resilience Project Join us for a workshop focused on creativity and wellbeing with poet and performer Harula Ladd. Harula will lead you through creative exercises, and support you to write poetry during this 3-hour workshop. We’ll be thinking about themes of health, wellbeing and resilience in our writing as well…

Wednesday 23 November 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Narrative Non-Fiction Workshop with Quay Words writer-in-residence Alice Albinia

Autumn writer-in-residence Alice Albinia will teach this workshop on narrative non-fiction. Drawing on the season theme of ‘heritage’, Alice will explore with participants how the writing of memoir, life writing or history can become expansive and novelistic. About Alice  Alice Albinia is the award-winning author of twinned works of fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction book Empires of…

Sunday 4 December 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words & Arvon Live: Life-Writing Day

A day of Masterclasses and conversation with memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main Do you have a life writing project that needs attention? Perhaps you need some technical help, are nervous about committing life to the page, or curious about navigating the industry in general? Join bestselling writer Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main for an intensive…

Saturday 29 October 10 am - 4.45pm
Workshops and courses

Writing Historical Fiction with Fiona Mountain

Quay Words online short writing course

Do you love heritage and history? Are you a budding historical fiction author? Maybe you fancy giving it a go. Maybe you’re well on the way to finishing your first novel. Whatever stage you’re at, this is the course for you. Taking place once a week over five evenings and covering everything from choosing your…

Thursday 6 October 6:30 pm - Thursday 3 November 8.30pm
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