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Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Crime Fiction with Martyn Waites

Are you a budding crime fiction author? Maybe you fancy giving it a go. Maybe you’re well on the way to finishing your first novel. Whatever stage you’re at, this is the course for you. Taking place once a week over five evenings and covering narrative structure, characterisation, themes, dialogue, atmosphere this course will explore…

Thursday 7 July 6;30 pm - Thursday 11 August 8:30 pm
Writer event

Quay Words presents Wyl Menmuir – The Draw of the Sea Book launch

Join award-winning writer, Wyl Menmuir and Quay Words for the Exeter launch of his book, The Draw of The Sea. In his first foray into non-fiction, Booker Prize nominated author Wyl Menmuir examines the lives of people whose worlds are inextricably shaped by sea. In thirteen interlinked chapters of beautifully-written prose, Wyl investigates what it…

Wednesday 13 July 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

Found Poetry Workshop

with Quay Words Summer writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont

Join our summer writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont in a guided outdoor workshop.  Seek out words and phrases hidden along the Quayside, and use them to create your own poetry. More information to follow. ****** Sophie Dumont is a poet, copywriter and ex-canoe coach living in Bristol. She is an alumna of Exeter University and her poetry has…

Thursday 21 July 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writer event

Quay Words and the International Agatha Christie Festival present author Vaseem Khan

Killing Ghandi, Dante’s Divine Comedy and India at the crossroads

In this session bestselling crime fiction author Vaseem Khan takes us on an exhilarating journey from the last days of the Raj to the heart of modern India. Vaseem’s Malabar House series is set in 1950s Bombay, just a few years after Indian independence, the assassination of Gandhi, and the horrors of Partition, events Vaseem…

Wednesday 14 September 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

Quay Words and Penned in the Margins present

In Transit by Belinda Zhawi

Experience a new site-specific performance by poet and musician Belinda Zhawi. In Transit will share stories and histories from the River Exe, probing themes of colonialism, migration, industry and the environment. Tracing the movement of tides, and the movement of people, animals and goods, this mesmerising spoken word performance by Zimbabwean-born, London-based Zhawi will blend…

Saturday 17 September 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words, Arvon and Mothership Writers present Writing Motherhood: Inspiration Session

Bring some creative inspiration to your autumn, with a special writing workshop for mums with babies under 18 months run by Emylia Hall. Through lively and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll explore your experience of new motherhood, gain confidence in writing, and harness the power of your own voice. With a maximum of ten participants – and…

Wednesday 19 October 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Children’s Fiction with Jane Elson

Online via Zoom Saturdays 29th October – 26th November, 11.30 am – 1.30 pm.  £100 full/ £50 concession Write your own brand of middle-grade fiction with children’s author Jane Elson. In this five-week course, Jane will lead you through creative games and exercises to feed your imagination. The course will explore how to build characters,…

Saturday 29 October 11:30 am - Saturday 26 November 1:30 pm