Summer Workshops Confirmed!

We have been working hard on the upcoming summer workshops. Over the last few months, we’ve been asking what topics people would like to see, and then using that feedback to create what we hope will be an informative and helpful summer programme.

We’re delighted to announce what our four workshops will be:


World building is an essential part of any story regardless of genre. Through a series of group exercises and prompts, you will learn the techniques necessary to bring your story world to life.

An Introduction to Writing Horror

How do you write a scary story, or even a scary scene? How do you build tension? You will learn all this and more in ‘Introduction to Writing Horror’. Whether you are writing a horror story, or just trying to nail a scary scene in your book, this workshop aims to help you make it the best it can be by teaching you the fundamentals of writing horror.

How to Outline Your Story: Techniques for Plotters and Pantsers

Outlining your story, whether it’s a short story or a novel, is essential, however, some authors find it easier than others. Much of this can come down whether an author is a ‘Plotter’ or a ‘Pantser’. This unique workshop seeks to offer both types of writer methods to outline their novel, and allow them to learn from each other. In the workshop we will go through:

– What is ‘Plotting’ and ‘Pantsing’?
– What are the pros and cons of each approach?
– What can Plotters and Pantsers learn from each other?
– What is an outline?
– Story structure
– How to outline

How to Create a Realistic and Well Developed Villain

Writing a suitable villain or antagonist for your protagonist can be hard. They need to be realistic, somebody the reader can understand, even if they don’t agree with them. This workshop seeks to help you develop your villain or antagonist into just that no matter what type of villain they are.

Topics will include:

– What’s the difference between a villain and an antagonist
– Types of villain.
– Types of antagonist.
– Techniques to develop your villain or antagonist

We will confirm the dates of each workshop soon, but there will be two in July and two in August.

We’ll be posting each workshop as an event on our Facebook page, so if you want to stay updated, be sure to follow us. Please note that we create events to act as reminders. The actual events will not be taking place on Facebook, we will hold them on Zoom.

The workshops are £10 each, or free to NWC members (both Full and Online). If you are interested in becoming a member and getting these workshops for free, as well as access to workshops we have run in the past, please visit our membership page for details.

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email us: