Workshops

Didcot Writers run regular workshops with guest tutors and facilitators, and collaborate with other organisations (including Oxford University Continuing Education and Cornerstone Arts Centre) to run other workshops. You can read about our past workshops here.

Venue: All Saints Community Hall, Roman Place (off Foxhall Road), Didcot, OX11 7ER.

We welcome ideas for new workshops and tutors, to make a suggestion please get in touch.

Further information

All events are suitable for beginners and those with a work in progress to develop.

Didcot Writers is a group of adults, but in some circumstances it might be appropriate for teenagers 16+ to attend our workshops. If this applies to you please get in touch in advance so that we can ask the workshop leader before the event.

Workshops are highlighted in red or gold on the Calendar.



Upcoming events




March-April 2019: Auto/biography and life writing

How do you begin writing the story of your own life or a biography of someone else? And even if you're not writing a life story, how can you use real events and your own experiences in creative writing?

All workshops take place 7-9pm at All Saints Community Hall, Roman Place (off Foxhall Road), Didcot, OX11 7ER.

Each individual workshop costs £12.50, or it's £50 for all 5 (in other words, buy 4 get 1 free!) - we have a strict room capacity, so if you can't book in advance please check for 'sold out' notices on this page before setting out. To book more than one individual workshop, click 'add to cart', then 'continue shopping'.



Thursday 14 March
Auto/biography 1
with Deborah Bosley
- getting started: who to write about, what to include, how to structure it.

Thursday 21 March
Auto/biography 2
with Deborah Bosley
- how to write it: what is the theme, how do the facts support this.

Thursday 28 March
Auto/biography 3
with Deborah Bosley
- your authorial voice: bringing the story to life.

Thursday 4 April
Auto/biography 4
with Deborah Bosley
- research, editing, permissions and discretion.

Thursday 11 April
Auto/biography review night with Alice Little
- a chance to read out, with wine and other refreshments provided.




1st May 2019: Poetry Open Mic, on the theme of Springtime

Not a workshop, but a special one-off event! A chance to read your own poetry or that which inspires you, hear others' work, and to meet poets from around Oxfordshire.

We have been working with other poetry organisations around Oxfordshire and nearby to jointly advertise events during the spring, and this event is the culmination of this collaboration. We look forward to seeing lots of new faces in Didcot, and to seeing new friends met at other events over the previous couple of months. Click the poster to see details of other events prior to 1st May.

This event will take place 7-9pm at All Saints Community Hall, Roman Place (off Foxhall Road), Didcot, OX11 7ER.

Tickets are just £10, and this includes
wine/beer, tea/coffee, and other refreshments.

Email didcotwriters@gmail.com in advance, if you would like to read out your work.




May-October 2019: Publishing your Novel

This course has been designed to teach you all you need to know to publish your novel. From how to make your first chapter gripping, to what else you need to send to an agent; from traditional publishing to self-publishing and marketing. By the end of this course, whether you have a work ready to send off or not, you will know what to do with your manuscript when it's ready.

All workshops take place 7-9pm at All Saints Community Hall, Roman Place (off Foxhall Road), Didcot, OX11 7ER.

Each individual workshop costs £15. For ease of
clicking, you can sign up to all six for £90 here:

To book a selection of workshops, click 'add to cart', then 'continue shopping'.

We have a strict room capacity, so if you can't book in advance please check for 'sold out' notices on this page before setting out.


Wednesday 8 May
Publishing your novel 1/6
Setting goals
- whether you have a work in progress or simply an idea that won't let you go, find out what the first/next steps are.

Wednesday 5 June
Publishing your novel 2/6
What an agent wants, with Lucy Atkins
- who to approach first, what to send, and what to say: first chapters, synopsis and query letter.

Wednesday 3 July
Publishing your novel 3/6
Traditional publishing with Lucy Atkins
- the ins and outs of how it works, what an editor does, and what you can expect from the process.

Wednesday 31 July
Publishing your novel 4/6
Self-publishing 1
- what content to choose, how to format your manuscript, and how to design a book cover.

Wednesday 4 September
Publishing your novel 5/6
Self-publishing 2
- how to get a book printed, where to list your book for sale, and an introduction to pricing and marketing.

Wednesday 2 October
Publishing your novel 6/6
Author round-table
- hear from those who are already on their publishing journey, and get feedback on your own plans.



Future workshops

Workshops are highlighted in red or gold on the Calendar. Dates have been booked through to the end of 2019, full details will appear on this page once bookings are open.

Coming up in September-October 2019 we will be running workshops on writing for children and young adults.

If you have an idea for a workshop, or have experience running workshops and would like to be one of our tutors in future, please get in touch.



Cancellations and refunds

Please note, Didcot Writers is a not-for-profit community-run organisation. These workshops are run at a low cost thanks to the work of our volunteers, and all ticket money goes towards paying for tutors, room hire, refreshments on the night, and other expenses incurred.

If you need to cancel your place please let us know with as much notice as possible - if we can resell your place we will give you a full refund. If we cannot resell your place then we will not be able to offer a refund.



With thanks to Peter Savage for the photos on this page.