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Softwood workshops

Creative Writing & self-publishing


We're delighted to announce a new series of workshops in Suffolk.

Following the success of our roaming workshops at book festivals across the UK, we are really happy to have found a base for our workshops at the beautiful new library in Needham Market, near Ipswich, Suffolk.

"There is a growing sense of empowerment in self-publishing, and we're passionate about educating, empowering, and enabling authors to begin their writing journeys through our workshops."

2022 Course Dates

Consecutive Tuesdays, 11.30am - 12.30pm


An introduction to creative writing and self-publishing

May 24

The importance of conflict in your characters

May 31

Plotting your novel using The Hero's Journey

June 7

Plotting your novel using the

Plot Pyramid 

June 14

Creating character sketches

June 21

Creating dialogue for conflict and characterisation

June 28

Setting and description

July 5

Show don't tell. Describing body language and facial expressions

July 12

Beginnings and endings; prologues, first lines, sequels

July 19

Routes to self-publishing; exploring your options

30% OFF

when booking all 10 workshops

Booking information


30% discount only available when all 10 workshops are booked in advance through Eventbrite. Individual workshops are £15 per person.

Places are limited to 10 per workshop.

All participants will receive a free notebook and pen.

Refreshments are available.

Disabled access is available.

When booking through Eventbrite below, please note:

If booking for all 10 workshops, please select only the first workshop, then select 'Full Course' ticket for a one-off payment of £105.

If booking for one specific workshop, please make a note of the workshop and its date from the list above before purchasing a single ticket (£15) for that individual event.


Maddy Glenn

Author, editor, and workshop leader

Maddy is Director of SWS Publishing and is much in demand as a speaker and workshop leader. Most recently she has appeared at the book festivals of Essex and Appledore, as well as the Self-Publishing Conference in Atlanta, USA.


When are the workshops held?

Workshops will run 11.30 - 12.30pm every Tuesday for 10 consecutive weeks.

Where are they held?

In the meeting room of the new library in Needham Market, Ipswich, Suffolk,

IP6 8BB.

Do I need to attend every workshop?

Whilst you are able to drop in to individual workshops without signing up to all 10 weeks, we recommend the full course in order to benefit from the guidance and networking opportunities. It's also cheaper to attend all ten!

Are they suitable for non-fiction writers?

These particular workshops are best suited to fiction writers, however the session on July 19th will be relevant for writers of both. 

Group Lecture
Notebook and Pen

"Awesome information delivered in easily digestible and usable pieces."

Atlanta Writers Club, Georgia, USA

March 2022

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