The Cleeve Bookshop Writing Workshop

The Cleeve Bookshop Writing Workshop

The Cleeve Bookshop hosts a regular writing workshop course, hosted by Steven John.
Please email Steven John if interested in joining future courses, our course, beginning November 14th, is now SOLD OUT. It will run for eight weeks, starting Tuesday 14th November 2023 to Tuesday 16th January 2024, 7.00pm to 9.00pm every Tuesday evening in The Cleeve Bookshop, 2, Mill Parade, Church Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Glos., GL52 8RL. (There will be no workshops on Tuesday 26th December or Tuesday 2nd January).
  • There will be generative content to the workshops, i.e. we’ll write some new stuff. There will also be supportive critique of writing generated within the group, (or of work previously written), and some voluntary homework.
  • There will be a maximum of nine workshoppers with places filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • All levels of experience welcome, from absolute beginners to experienced writers.
  • We’ll be working on prose fiction including flash fiction, short stories and novels, in any genre (e.g. sci-fi, romance, horror, crime, literary), and creative non-fiction (e.g. memoir, biography, autobiography, travel, history).
  • We won’t be looking at poetry in this workshop. Contact The Cleeve Bookshop for details on Poetry workshops. Please also note that the workshops won’t be suitable for writers of fiction directed at children under 14yrs.
Steven John has been extensively published in online literary magazines and printed anthologies. He holds a Master of Arts Degree (with distinction) in Creative and Critical Writing and is now a part-time lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire where he supports postgraduate students with their dissertations.

Steven was the Joint Founder and Managing Editor of The Phare magazine from 2020-23 (www.thephare.com) and Fiction and Special Features Editor at New Flash Fiction Review from 2018-20 (www.newflashfiction.com) He has led many in-person and online creative writing and poetry workshops. For a full list of Steven’s publications visit www.stevenjohnwriter.com .
Success Stories So Far...
  • One of our past workshoppers shortlisted for the King Lear Prizes https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/
  • One of our workshoppers shortlisted in the West Word short story competition https://westword.uk/westword-prize/
  • Two of our past workshoppers published in online literary magazines
  • Three of our past workshoppers longlisted in the Stroud Short Stories competition https://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/
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