Usually our workshops take place in a comfy house and garden near Colliers Wood tube station in south London, but while we are all social distancing we will be meeting on Zoom, sharing work online and feeding back via email. It will be fun and you can still drink a glass of wine…at home.

Kickstart your creativity and start on a new idea at our Writers’ Room workshops 1 – 4 pm first Saturday each month with guest tutors, hot topics, practical exercises and professional feedback for all kinds of writers.

Writers’ Block? Stuck on 40,000 words? Try our monthly Novelists’ Survival Group with Ardella Jones and sort out your plot problems, working practice, synopsis and much more 7 – 10.00 pm first Monday each month. By application only. One place available only. Submit a chapter and a synopsis to

Writers’ Room in Spain takes place 7 – 9pm every Thursday in a centrally-located apartment with sofas and spectacular views in Gaucin, but of course we’ll be doing ‘safe writing’ on Zoom during the Coronavirus crisis, ask tutor Jo Hepplewhite for details:

Chalk the Sun co-founder wins The Virginia Prize for Fiction

Ardella Jones won the Virginia Prize for Fictions for new women novelists on 8th February 2018 for her thriller Rolling Calf. She received a £1,000 and is considering publication options.


Fliss Chester (photo by Capture It Ltd)

Chalk the Sun alumnus Fliss Chester released her first romantic fiction novel Snowballs! Winter Fun On The Slopes in January 2018. Orion signed Fliss up for a three-book deal with Corkscrew! Summer Fun In The Vineyard released in May 2018. She has now embarked on a cosy crime series, out Summer 2020. Fliss attended evening classes with Ardella and Jo in Balham before moving out of London, getting married, joining her husband in his wine importing business and renovating an old cottage -– proving that you’re never too busy to get that manuscript finished!

Grab a glass and head for the South of France (or the back garden) for some fun in the vineyards!

Tales from The Two Puddings Wins Best Doco Award

Sunchalker Rob West’s documentary about East End pub and iconic music venue The Two Puddings in Stratford has won Unrestricted View Best Documentary 2017 award. The film, directed by Rob, was screened last year at selected PictureHouses. Look out for a cameo performance from Writers’ Room regular Jim!  Congratulations!



Viral Vocabulary

May 5th, 2020|0 Comments

Photo: Lockdown Saturday in Oxford Street by Anne Marie Turner Shortly after 9/11 (or the 11th of September as I like to call it) every pundit, politician and bloke at the bus stop became an expert [...]