Write Here… in Reading

A new, affordable creative writing course in Reading – taught by author Claire Dyer (13 February to 27 March 2019)

Write Here… in Reading is our seven-week creative writing course for those in Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire who want to write – or who are already writing – a novel. Taught by acclaimed author and experienced tutor Claire Dyer, the course will take place from 7pm-9pm on Wednesday evenings between 13 February and 27 March 2019 – and will feature expert tuition, one-to-one tutorials, dedicated weekly workshops that focus on students’ novels, and a visit from a literary agent. The course will be limited to 15 students, who will be selected on the basis of the opening from their novel-in-progress.


Claire Dyer, novelist

Novelist and poet Claire Dyer’s first two novels – The Moment and The Perfect Affair – were published by Quercus in 2013 and 2014 respectively. A regular guest on BBC Radio Berkshire’s Radio Reads, Claire also curates Poets’ Café – Reading’s longest-running poetry platform – and teaches creative writing. Her most recent novel, The Last Day, was published by Dome Press in February 2018.


Rufus Purdy, editor

Rufus is the director of Write Here… From 2012 to 2018, he worked at the Curtis Brown literary agency – helping several of the 43 students from its writing school who’ve go on to find book deals and running its digital imprint Studio 28. A former journalist turned editor, he has worked on books as diverse as Alex Gerlis’s bestselling spy novels and Squeeze songwriter Chris Difford’s memoir Some Fantastic Place.

The lowdown

Write Here… in Reading will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm in a central Reading venue. Author and tutor Claire Dyer will lead the weekly writing workshops, give each of the 15 students a one-to-one tutorial (to take place before the main session) and teach on subjects essential to writing a novel – such as plot, dialogue, characterisation, etc. The course will be introduced by Write Here… director Rufus Purdy, who will return to Reading for the final session to lead a group Q&A with a literary agent.

What to expect from Write Here… in Reading

  • Weekly writing workshops, led by author and tutor Claire Dyer, focusing on 3,000-word sections of students’ novels-in-progress. Each student will be workshopped once during the course.
  • One 20-minute, one-to-one tutorial with Claire Dyer. Students will be asked to submit 3,000 words from their novel directly to the tutor, along with any questions about the piece and their novel in general, and these will be discussed in the meeting.
  • Weekly teaching sessions on topics essential to the writing of a novel – which will sometimes include writing exercises and homework.
  • A two-hour Q&A session with Write Here… director Rufus Purdy and a literary agent, to help students get more of an insight into the publishing industry.

The course details

Wednesday 13 February
Introduction with Claire Dyer and Rufus Purdy

Wednesday 20 February
Reading as a writer with Claire Dyer
Writing workshop

Wednesday 27 February
Beginnings with Claire Dyer
Writing workshop

Wednesday 6 March
Voice and point of view with Claire Dyer
Writing workshop

Wednesday 13 March
Character with Claire Dyer
Writing workshop

Wednesday 20 March
Dialogue with Claire Dyer
Writing workshop

Wednesday 27 March
Q&A with a literary agent (TBC), led by Rufus Purdy

The fee

The course fee of £249 (£199 if you apply before midnight on 16 December) is payable in full before the course begins on 13 February. Credit card or PayPal payments are subject to a 3.5% surcharge.

How to apply

Write Here… in Reading is a selective course – as we believe writers are far more likely to improve and hone their skills when working at a high level in a group of talented writers. If you would like to apply, please fill in the form below and attach (in one Word or pdf document) the opening 1,000–3,000 words of your novel-in-progress as well as a brief description of your novel’s plot. The deadline for applications is at midnight on Sunday 27 January – and we will respond to all applicants by Friday 1 February. Please note, though we will accept Young Adult fiction, we are unable to consider novels written for children.

If you have any questions about the course, please email courses@writehereuk.com

Please upload the opening 1,000–3,000 words of your novel-in-progress and a brief description of your novel's plot. Only PDF, TXT and DOC files accepted.