Spilling the Ink

spilling the ink red border Spilling the Ink is my starting point. I don't get anything written without spilling some ink first. Once it's on the page, blots and all, I'm on my way; I have something to work from, work with.  Want to join me?  How about giving yourself time and space to write down those all those stories, memories, vignettes that you've been meaning to capture?  How about embracing a playful practice with the pen and page?  Come on, come spill some ink. You might be surprised at the creative cats you let out of the bag. 

About Spilling the Ink

We'll meet weekly for eight weeks. Each meeting will have a theme and we'll use a variety of methods to jumpstart new pieces of writing.  During the course, we will explore various genres including memoir, personal essay and short fiction. We'll also delve into the creative process, taking pieces from rough ideas to polished versions.

In addition to writing our own pieces, we will respond to others' work.  There is great value in hearing how our writing affects our readers.  Learning to respond sensitively and substantially is a skill we practice and refine together throughout Spilling the Ink.

At the conclusion of the course, we'll have a celebration with a read-around. Participants will also be invited to include a piece of their writing in an online group anthology to be published later in 2016. Curious to see what has been written?  Have a look at our previous anthologies, Circumference I (Autumn 2015), and Circumference II (Spring/Summer 2015).

Spilling the Ink is one of the Writing Circles programmes I offer. For more information about Writing Circles in general, read here.

Course Fee

  • £150.00. Full payment is required to confirm your registration, which includes a 25% non-refundable deposit. After the first session, if you feel that the programme is not a good match for you, you may request a refund minus the deposit.
  • Partial bursaries available, please inquire.

What if you've already participated in Spilling the Ink?

Previous participants are welcome to join again. Although we may be using some of the same materials, you may find new directions to take your writing.  Alternatively, consider joining me in Continuing the Craft, a Writing Circle for writers who seek community and support on specific projects.


I keep my Writing Circles small - a maximum of 8 participants - so we get a genuine sense of each others' voices and intentions. This also allows me to spend time focusing on substantial feedback for each writer. If you're looking for a writing course that offers inspiration, community, and personalised feedback, Spilling the Ink is for you!

Spilling the Ink - in person, at Harston Village Hall, Tuesday mornings, 10.00-12.00, from 24 Jan - 21 Mar (no session 14 Feb).

Spilling the Ink - online, content delivered via email to work on at your own pace, a private forum for sharing, and live video workshops on alternate Sundays, from 29 Jan - 26 Mar, 16.00-17.30 UK time.

If you'd like to get an email when registration opens and a discount code, add your name to the Early Notice List here.