Events: Workshops and courses

Free Event

Sensory Mapping

A poetry and cartography workshop with Quay Words writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont

Join our summer writer-in-residence in a guided outdoor exploration of Exeter Quay. Sophie invites you to come and create a deeply personal, sensory map of the quayside to add to this space’s wealth of cartographical history.Ditch the compass, the signposts, the landmarks and instead map that mint choc chip ice cream and the nostalgia it…

Wednesday 10 August 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Crime Fiction with Martyn Waites

Are you a budding crime 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 narrative structure, characterisation, themes, dialogue, atmosphere this course will explore…

Thursday 14 July 6;30 pm - Thursday 18 August 8:30 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words, Arvon and Mothership Writers present Writing Motherhood: Inspiration Session

Bring some creative inspiration to your autumn, with a special writing workshop for mums with babies under 18 months run by Emylia Hall. Through lively and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll explore your experience of new motherhood, gain confidence in writing, and harness the power of your own voice. With a maximum of ten participants – and…

Wednesday 19 October 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Children’s Fiction with Jane Elson

Online via Zoom Saturdays 29th October – 26th November, 11.30 am – 1.30 pm.  £100 full/ £50 concession Write your own brand of middle-grade fiction with children’s author Jane Elson. In this five-week course, Jane will lead you through creative games and exercises to feed your imagination. The course will explore how to build characters,…

Saturday 29 October 11:30 am - Saturday 26 November 1:30 pm
Residency

Quay Words writer-in-residence workshop

Louisa Adjoa Parker

Our Autumn 2021 writer-in-residence Louisa Adjoa-Parker is running two FREE poetry workshops. This second workshop will look at how to shape ideas into written pieces, poetry and prose, redrafting/editing, and performance. Louisa wrote a very special narrative poem as a result of her pilot residency at Quay Words.  Called ‘Let the river sing’, we will…

Thursday 2 December 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Residency

Quay Words writer-in-residence workshop

Louisa Adjoa Parker

Our Autumn 2021 writer-in-residence Louisa Adjoa-Parker is running two FREE poetry workshops. This first workshop will provide a space for discussion as well as tools and ideas for participants to take away and choose stories to focus on. Louisa wrote a very special narrative poem as a result of her pilot residency at Quay Words….

Wednesday 24 November 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Life Writing: What You Need to Know with author Tom Cox

In this five week course, Tom Cox, using the experience he has gained as the author of eleven non fiction books, several newspaper columns, one novel and one collection of short stories, will guide you through the inner landscape of life writing. Who are the master life writers, and why? What are the pitfalls of…

Saturday 13 November 11:00 am - Saturday 11 December 1: 00 pm
Workshops and courses

The people of the West Quarter - Telling our stories together

Heritage community workshops

These workshops are free and have been designed for Exeter locals and residents to explore their local heritage; they are being led by Jojo Spinks at Interwoven Productions CIC. These sessions run on Wednesday afternoons from 13th October – 10th November 2021, 2 -4 pm. Please note, sessions on 3rd and 10th November will run…

Wednesday 13 October 2:00 pm - Wednesday 10 November 4:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Fiction writing course

Quay Words and Creative Futures

SOLD OUT Want to write stories but not sure how to start and keep going? Or maybe you have got stuck with your writing? Come and join a small, friendly, and supportive group where we will explore free writing and exercises as a way into creating compelling characters and stories that will resonate with your…

Wednesday 3 November 2:00 pm - Wednesday 8 December 4:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Masterclass: Memoir Writing with Nikesh Shukla

In this three-hour masterclass you will have the chance to dive into memoir writing with author Nikesh Shukla. This masterclass will explore techniques to address personal heritage and identity in your writing. Nikesh’s recent memoir Brown Baby has been described as ‘fizzing with humanity, life and light’, written addressed to his daughter, Brown Baby explores…

Saturday 13 November 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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