Fathom Writers

Fathom Writers Group, linked to Barton’s Ropewalk Centre for the Arts, has been meeting and writing since September 2007. The group is open to anyone interested in improving their creative writing skills. Meetings are informal with a focus on contemporary writing with a range of guest workshop leaders who have included novelist Karen Maitland and performance poet John Hegley.Fathom Writers paused as an organisation 3 years ago but thanks to the new impetus from the Northern Accent Literature project we are ready to restart breathing new life into creative writing at The Ropewalk.

Membership subscriptions run for a year and cost £10. Members are entitled to a number of discounts on classes, events and competition entries. To become a member simply submit payment to Liz Bennet at The Ropewalk. (Cheques made payable to Fathom Writers.)

Officials for 2016 are:

Chairperson Neil King
Secretary Cheryl Leaning
Treasurer Liz Bennet


The Writers’ Support Group:

Writing can be an isolating activity and it’s sometimes difficult to be objective about what you’ve produced. This group, meeting monthly, will offer participants the opportunity to have their work – which can be prose, poetry or script – read and critiqued by others in the group. Sessions will be chaired by local writer Sue Wilsea who will offer some ideas for unblocking creativity but most of each two hour session will be devoted to the offering of constructive criticism on work in progress.

February 6.30 – 8.45pm Wednesday

£36 for the 6 months


Creative Writing

Whether you are a complete beginner or already writing, why not kick start 2016 with a Creative Writing course? Each of the eight weekly sessions will provide triggers / stimuli for creativity and focus on one aspect of writing, for example learning how the dramatic monologue works, looking at opportunities for getting your work into print and exploring if and when poetry should rhyme! Whatever form you favour – prose (fiction or non-fiction), poetry or script – the emphasis will be on producing crafted pieces of writing. Led by local writer Sue Wilsea, a friendly atmosphere guarantees that each participant can progress at his or her own pace while accessing professional support.

Course begins Tuesday January 26, 6.30pm – 8.45pm £75 members/ £80 non-members


Occasional Workshop by Louise Beech and Cassandra Parkin
supported by Northern Accent Literature project
Louise Beech is an East Yorkshire author who has always been haunted by the sea. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for 10 years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull and loves her job as a Front of House usher at Hull Truck Theatre where her first play was performed in 2012. She is also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show. How to be Brave is her debut novel.

Cassandra Parkin is an East Yorkshire writer with a passion for fairy-tales, who loves writing about the extraordinary truths that lie just beneath the mundane surface of modern life. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has been also published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Summer We All Ran Away (Legend Press, 2013) was Cassandra’s debut novel and nominated for the Amazon Rising Stars 2014. The Beach Hut (Legend Press, 2015) is her second novel.

Saturday 6 February 10.30am – 1pm £15 non-members, £12 members

Booking is essential for these sessions and can be made by:

Email fw@the-ropewalk.co.uk

Tel 01652 660380

In person Ropewalk Gallery reception.

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