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Writing Workshops at Chesterfield Library

Writing Workshops Chesterfield Library

The writing ambitions workshop programme is presented by Arts Derbyshire in partnership with Derbyshire Libraries.

Booking for the below events essential, book early to avoid disappointment.

Please bring along your favourite writing implements whether that be a paper and pen or laptop. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

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18th June: The Five – the Story of the Ripper’s Women with Hallie Rubenhold

  • Date: Tuesday 18th June
  • Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
  • Cost: £6.88

The Five, social historian Hallie Rubenhold’s newly published book tells the stories of the victims of the murder spree of Jack the Ripper, the most sensational crime of the Victorian Age. Hallie will talk about the five women’s lives and their untimely and tragic deaths.

Hallie Rubenhold is a critically acclaimed author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in British History and History of Art from the University of Leeds before pursuining a PhD on the subject of marriage and child-rearing in the eighteenth century.

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22nd June: The Art of a Good Sentence with Joe Moran

  • Date: Saturday 22nd June
  • Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Cost: £19.45

The secret of good writing lies in the sentences. When readers find a piece of prose engaging, they are responding not just to the subject matter but to the sound and shape and clarity of the sentences.

Joe Moran is Professor of English at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the author of a number of books including Queuing for Beginners: The Story of Daily Life from Breakfast to Bedtime (2007), Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness (2016) and of First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing … and Life (2018). He writes for the Guardian, the TLS, the New Statesman and other publications.

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21st September: Getting Started with Your Novel with Mike Gayle

  • Date: Saturday 21st September
  • Time: 11am – 3:45pm
  • Cost: £35.53

This course will consider how to generate and develop ideas like a professional writer touching on the creation of log lines (your story in a sentence), understanding story structure and avoiding common pitfalls. Suitable for complete beginners and those struggling to start novels or transform their ideas into something they can work with.

Mike Gayle is the author of 15 novels including the Sunday Times Bestselling My Legendary GirlfriendMr Commitment and Turning Thirty. Previously a journalist and agony uncle, Mike’s work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Sunday TimesThe Guardian and Cosmopolitan. He has also been a judge on a number of literary prizes including the Costa, Betty Trask and WH Smith Awards. His latest novel is Half a World Away.

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27th September: Writing Fiction for Women’s Magazines with Joanna Courtney

  • Date: Friday 27th September
  • Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Cost: £35.53

Looking to write short stories? Looking to SELL them? This commercially focused one-day workshop will help you develop your writing style to create sharp, entertaining and saleable stories for the women’s magazines. Led by novelist and widely-published short story writer, Joanna Courtney, this friendly but purposeful course will take you through all the basics of honing your stories and offer plenty of advice and tips on how to catch an editor’s attention and see your work in print.

As well as having over 150 short stories and serials published in magazines Joanna writes historical novels and has a contemporary novel ‘Bonnie and Stan’ due out in May under the pen name Anna Stuart. Joanna also lectures in creative writing for the Open University.

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dog Chatsworth House exhibition
The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth

This exhibition, conceived by the Duchess of Devonshire, will explore the Cavendish family’s enduring love for dogs, through paintings, drawings, sculpture, letters, photographs and contemporary art.

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  • Chesterfield Library


  • Getting Started with Your Novel

    11am - 3:45pm
  • Writing Fiction for Women’s Magazines

    9:30am - 3:30pm


  • Prices vary per course

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