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

Creative Writing Workshops at The Ropewalk 2016


Getting the Words Right

Tuesday afternoons  2 – 4.15 pm, 8 weeks starting Tuesday 27th September £75 for members, £80 non members

Whether you are a complete beginner or already writing, why not try a Creative Writing course this Autumn? 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 or how to write an article for a newspaper or magazine! 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 her / his own pace while accessing professional support.


Tuesday evenings   6.30 – 8.45    8 weeks starting Tuesday 27th September £75 for members, £80 non members

Of course it has to be all about dialogue but there’s so much more to writing a script than simply to have some characters talking with one another. George Bernard Shaw said ‘ The quality of a play is the quality of its ideas.’ and this course will look at how to generate those ideas as well as how plays are constructed. Participants will be asked to consider setting, characterisation, management of scenes and use of sub-text as well as the particular demands of stage and radio. These sessions will provide lots of exercises, both written and oral, to stimulate the writing of scripted material.

Writers’ Support Group

The last Wednesday of the month     6.30 – 8.45  starting Wednesday 28th September £8 per session or £25 for 4 months

This group meets to provide support to those writing in any form: prose ( fiction or non-fiction), poetry or script. Work is shared beforehand and then discussed in the group with the aim of providing constructive and positive feedback in a friendly and informal atmosphere. It is therefore not a taught course but is chaired and managed by local writer Sue Wilsea. Each month a stimulus for writing is offered, though some people prefer to focus on their existing work. Others just like to listen! Whatever stage you are at with writing, this group exists to help you progress.


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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