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Creative Writing Workshop

April 21, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Writers’ Workshop for Beginners with Venetia Welby

Do you have a story to tell? A book inside you, perhaps?

If you’re hesitating over how to start, then here’s the perfect launchpad for you. As part of The Bothy at Bowood’s series of expert-led workshops, novelist Venetia Welby’s ‘Writers’ Workshop’ is specifically designed with beginners in mind.

Following her Guest Speaker appearance at Bowood Hotel’s Ladies’ Lunch on Thursday 6th March, Mother of Darkness author Venetia will return to Bowood to teach a small, relaxed group of first-timers. An international tutor for over fifteen years, Venetia will guide you through this inspiring springtime workshop, crafted especially to excite your imagination and encourage your greatest ideas. Warming up with an exercise to free the hand and mind, you will spend the morning exploring the development of authentic characters, the vital heart of any compelling book. After lunch you will be perfectly primed to use your senses to bring the settings of your story to life.

Bowood House & Gardens will serve as muse with its scenic landscape and ever-present sense of history also there to prompt words onto the page. Twenty minutes of the itinerary will be devoted to observational meandering through Capability Brown’s Pleasure Grounds as part of a writing task.

The former gardener’s bothy has been rejuvenated as a dedicated space for talks, readership events and presentations and so will lend itself well to the Writers’ Workshop agenda and stimulating exchange with Venetia at the helm.

10.30am – 11:00am: Arrival and coffee reception
11:00am – 1:00pm: Morning class session
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Break for lunch in The Stables Restaurant
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Afternoon class session

Venetia’s insight, Bowood’s setting and the camaraderie of other would-be writers cannot fail to unlock your creativity and free your fiction!

Price: £132 per person (to include coffee/tea and a two-course lunch in The Stables Restaurant and admission to Bowood House & Gardens following the workshop)

Workshop size: 10 people

Booking details: Workshop enrolment must be confirmed in advance by e-mailing: venetiawelby@gmail.com

Venetia Welby is currently working on her next novel, Dreamtime which is set around the US military bases of Okinawa, Japan. For updates follow her on Twitter @venwelby.



April 21
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Venetia Welby


Bowood House & Gardens
Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0LZ United Kingdom
01249 812102