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June 2020

Sunday 14th June 5-7pm




Creative Writing Workshop - Read and Feedback. A chance to read out your work and receive critical feedback in a small group.


“There’s something about the relaxed atmosphere they create which helps to loosen the anxieties of writing”


We have been running small group creative criting corkshops in west London since 2017. Nearly two hundred students have sat around Diane’s kitchen table and unleashed their imagination through a series of fun and simple exercises. See our recent feedback below. Given the difficulty of social distancing around a kitchen table, our workshops are currently on hold. Instead, we are running a series of Read and Feedback Workshops on Zoom for writers to read out their work and receive critical feedback from all present.


Each workshop lasts for up to two hours via a Zoom meeting (link provided on booking). Each one allows for a maximum of four people to read out up to 3,000 words of their work and receive critical feedback – both from Diane and Stephanie, and from the other participants present. A minimum of two people will be required for the workshop to proceed – and the session will be shorter if fewer than four people attend. Those participants who remain until the end of the workshop will also receive written feedback from both Diane and Stephanie. NB. This written feedback will only apply to those who remain until the end of the workshop, to ensure that all participants present receive full feedback from all.


We will begin each workshop by sharing our guidelines for both receiving critical feedback and giving feedback to others. Each participant will then have ten to fifteen minutes to read out their work and a further ten to fifteen to receive feedback, depending on the number of participants present. As a rule of thumb, one A4 page of 1.5 line spacing will consist of about 500 words and take about two minutes to read out. You will have emailed us your piece (so, max 6 pages of A4 with 1.5 line spacing) in advance of the workshop and we will have distributed this anonymously to all participants by email.


The fee for each workshop is £40.


Our next Read and Feedback Workshop will be on Sunday 14/6/20 at 5pm.




Recent feedback for our Creative Writing Workshops:


"An absolutely brilliant course! Concise, clear and full of humour."


"Exceeded my expectations.. cosy, intimate, yet professionally run."


"You both created a nurturing, productive and inclusive environment... though you made it seem effortless it was an extremely well-planned and considered workshop and I learnt a lot whilst thoroughly enjoying myself, which is rare"


“I have been to several of Diane and Steph’s classes and each one has been both a fun and thought-provoking experience. There’s something about the relaxed atmosphere they create which helps to loosen the anxieties of writing and I have found that effect continues well after the course.”


"Friendly and welcoming atmosphere... no pressure to share"


"Became aware that I have more imagination than I thought, an extraordinary discovery. Felt safe to share."


"Inspired me to write again"

Wed 3 June, 6pm


Moondance author Diane Chandler is hosting a Chiswick Buzz TV online ZOOM Book Club. Words with Wine on Wednesday in W4 is every other Wednesday at 6pm.


Wherever you are in the world, join us for the next book discussion, Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls on Wednesday 3rd June 2020.


Enjoy (or not?) the book, grab a glass of your favourite tipple and a bowl of nibbles and see you there. No need to contribute, sit and listen or join in. is the Amazon link to the book or click the image below.


PLACE:  ZOOM link to follow.


Creative Writing Workshops London

Creative writing workshops for beginners, with prize-winning novelist Diane Chandler and Blackbird


We have a lot of fun at these monthly workshops for beginners in Diane's west London kitchen.  Small classes limited to 8. No pressure to share, read out or listen. Follow-on plot and character workshops for those who have attended the beginner's workshop. 


Fantastic feedback, more details and booking:

 Tues June 30th, morning workshop, Chiswick,
London W4 

 Book here


Monday 22 June - Friday 26th June 2020

Horses, Sense and Soul – A Spiritual Adventure

Findhorn Foundation, Forres, Scotland.

With Lindsay Fovargue, Marja Kuijer and The Spell of the Horse author Pam Billinge.

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4th-5th September 2020

The Spell of the Horse residential retreat with Pam Billinge & her horses in northern France.

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12th September 2020

The Essence of the Horse 1-day workshop with Pam Billinge & her horses in northern France

13th September 2020

The Essence of the Horse 1-day workshop with Pam Billinge & her horses in northern France

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