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Conjuring Worlds Online: Creative Writing Workshop

Keep an eye out for two new workshops from Max coming soon.  Creative Writing: Using Myths, Fairy Tales and Archetypes & Inventing the Truth: An introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

Tutor: Dorothy Max Prior

Sunday 21 June from 10:30 to 4:30 pm - BOOKINGS CLOSED

Taught online via Zoom

What do travel writing, journey memoirs, psychogeography, sci-fi and fantasy novels have in common? Whether fiction or non-fiction, naturalistic or fantastical, the common ground is a heightened sense of place.

This one-day online workshop will help you to explore how you too can conjure worlds – whether from your memory or your imagination. We will together nurture and develop your ability for descriptive and evocative writing that explores landscapes (real and imaginary) – be that sprawling cities or the natural world.

Drawing on both fiction and non-fiction, we’ll look at interesting examples of writers with a great sense of place – from Phillip Pullman to Iain Sinclair, Ernest Hemingway to Anne Dillard, JG Ballard to Angela Carter.  We’ll travel from Paris in the 1940s to London in the 1970s; and from Brazil in the near-future to wherever the class participants want to take us! 

This one-day workshop will include three Zoom sessions interspersed with creative writing exercises done off-line, and the group size will be limited to allow everyone the opportunity to receive feedback and encouragement.

It is open to fiction and non-fiction writers, or would-be-writers, of all levels of experience. 


About the tutor

Tutor Dorothy Max Prior is editor of Total Theatre Magazine (www.totaltheatre.org.uk) and has written about theatre, performance and music for over 30 years. Her published writings also include essays and non-fiction stories, most recently in Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night (Zero Books, 2017).

She is also an established theatre writer, choreographer and director working across the UK, Europe and South America, and co-director of The Ragroof Players.


I liked reading and hearing our work.  The activities were fab for homework.  The readings from texts inspirational and relevant.  The other students respectful and kind and interesting.  Max offered incisive feedback and was an inspiration.  The notes sent in email were excellent.

I liked the relaxed atmosphere and the fact that we were set homework which set a goal every week.

Knowledgeable tutor!  Constructive critisism and time for everyones workto be heard and critiqued.  Useful to state goals and check-in with them at the end.  Also to remember we are inventing the truth.  Such a useful, freeing idea!  Avoiding perfectionism and being flexible allows more flow.

Positive environment, great teacher, interesting group.

Very encouraging, constructive, teacher and group.  Max very positive and encouraging.  Different types of writing and group members.