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Why we founded Chalk the Sun …

For two decades, we had enjoyed teaching and sharing our experience of writing and working in the media to help others fulfil their creative potential. However, form-filling and bureaucracy in education were driving us insane so we decided get back to basics - talking, teaching, and sharing brilliant ideas with other imaginative people. We liked the notion of working next to a nice bar with comfy sofas too… and so did some of our talented colleagues who joined us.

At Chalk the Sun we recognise that people write for different reasons, from fun to publication. If you have an 80,000-word draft that needs reworking and completing, we can support you and link you with the relevant expert on our team. If you want to play with words, experiment with ideas and create stories from your experience, there’s a Chalk the Sun course for you. We won’t guarantee that you’ll be published in six months (though it has happened!). We will guarantee that you’ll meet people who share your desire to express yourself in writing, that you’ll get loads of friendly, professional advice, and that you’ll become a better writer.

Choose the course for you.
Our flexible study options include weekly evening courses, or monthly, come-when-you-can workshops. Study in a small group, complete focused writing exercises, analyse extracts from contemporary and classic writers, share your work and receive feedback from professionals. The class often continue over a drink or some food in the bar next door.

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Chalk the Sun creative writing training courses

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Writers' Room creative writing Taster

Monthly Workshops £30 for a one-off taster for our on-going monthly workshops with flexible attendance. If you enjoy your taster you can sign up for 5 or 10 sessions at any time and pre-book sessions to suit your schedule.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 3 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
Writers' Room creative writing Saturdays

Monthly ongoing Saturday afteroon workshops also bookable as a one off taster £30.00 A series of monthly ongoing workshops.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 15 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
Novelists' Survival Group taster

A chance to try out these monthly workshops with Ardella Jones, comic writer and crime novelist, and guest novelists who will be workshopping extracts and trouble shooting problems on first Monday each month from 6 June 2016. A series of monthly workshops.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2.5 hours
  • Study mode: Part time evening
Upping the tension with crime novelist Simon Lewis

A special with crime writer Simon Lewis 1 - 4pm on Saturday 1st April at The Traflagar Arms, Tooting. Simon is a former travel writer who spends half his time travelling in Asia and half writing novels and screenplays in south London.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 3 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day