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 2015 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.

6.30 – 8.45pm on the last Wednesday of the month starting 30 September.

£36 for the 6 months


Life Writing

Ever thought of writing your life story – or part of it? The focus for this 8 week course will be the memoir: exploring how to select and shape our own experience into a crafted piece of writing. [Generally, memoir is prose but those with an interest in writing poetry or script will find the content of the sessions adaptable to either of these forms ] How does memoir differ from autobiography? What are the challenges and rewards of using your own life as raw material? All these questions and many more will be answered in sessions which offer participants stimuli for writing and a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which to develop their own work.

8 week course Tuesday evening starting on the 22nd September.6.30 – 8.45pm
£75 members £80 non-members


Jane Lovering

An Occasional Workshop supported by Northern Accent Literature project

Jane, a graduate from the Creative Writing degree at Hull University, has written six novels. In 2012 Please Don’t Stop the Music was awarded Romantic Comedy of the Year by The Romantic Novelists’ Association. Jane describes herself as ‘mother of an indeterminate number of children ( they keep moving, it’s hard to count), dog owner, cat slave. Occupier of  a crumbly old place in the crumbly old countryside of North Yorkshire.

Witty and engaging, Jane will talk about her route to publishing success and read from her work.

Saturday 21 November 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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