Creative Writing Courses

I’m excited to announce that, having run many courses for organisations like the Arvon Foundation, New Writing North and First Story, as well as numerous literature festivals, I’m going to be running my own creative writing weekend in Thirsk from Friday 30th November 2018-2nd December. It will be aimed at people who want to take time for themselves and their writing. Whether experienced writers needing a bit of extra input and some time away, or absolute beginners wanting to explore, gain confidence and have fun.

The workshops will take place in a beautiful, peaceful location in the rural market town of Thirsk. Includes accommodation and full board of lovely home cooked meals and refreshments from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime.

The venue is the peaceful retreat of Holyrood Gardens, right in the North Yorkshire market town of Thirsk. Holyrood House

There will be the chance to have coaching in your reading/performance skills and perform alongside Radio 4 regular stand up poet Kate Fox and the acclaimed novelist and nature writer Jonathan Tulloch (His novels include The Season Ticket which became the film Purely Belter, and most recently Larkinland). More about Jonathan

The cost will be £295 from Friday eve meal (and first workshop) to Sunday lunch. Tutor Kate Fox has run workshops for organisations including the Arvon Foundation and First Story as well as numerous literature festivals and projects. Some of her students have gone on to win prizes and become writers and performers for a living- but most importantly, they have been encouraged to find and express their voices.

Schedule for the course: (Timings are subject to change but it will look broadly something like this):

Friday 30th November

Arrivals from 4pm.
Welcome meeting: 5.30pm.
Evening meal: 6pm.
7.30-8.30 pm. Workshop: Freeing your writing voice.

Saturday 1st December

Breakfast. 8-9 a.m.

10-12. Workshop: Creative Writing Session. Including Kate’s 101 performance tips and tricks.
12.30-1.30pm. Lunch.
2-2.30pm. Lightning writing stimulus. Four prompts will be set to get you writing, including one based on a writing walk.

The rest of the afternoon will be free for writing or exploring the local area. You can also sign up for a performance tutorial with Kate ahead of sharing your work in the evening performance (Slots will also be available on the Sunday morning).

6pm Tea.

7.30pm- 9pm. Performance/sharing. Hosted by Kate Fox. Guest reader novelist Jonathan Tulloch. Kate and Jonathan will take part in a Q and A. Participants will also share some of their previously written work, or pieces written during the residential.

Sunday 2nd December

8-9am. Breakfast.

You might want to rest or write this morning. Or you could take part in a final workshop exploring writing the same piece in multiple genres.
10.30-12. Workshop: Across the genres.

12.30-1pm Lunch.

Head off after lunch or spend a bit more time in the gardens or exploring Thirsk and then head off in the afternoon.

Testimonials from some of Kate’s previous workshop participants:

Personally I was apprehensive because I felt I lacked the skills and experience needed (I mention this only because you may feel the same). I needn’t have worried and neither do you.
Kate is definitely not a ‘me and them’ person. She immediately engages by proving herself to be an ‘us’ person. She holds your attention by being interested in you and your potential. Kate will gently encourage you to share your thoughts, your ideas and ultimately your words, the culmination of which will give you great satisfaction and pleasure from what you have achieved.

Lynda Harrison

Through Kate’s relaxed, no stress sessions we found the headspace and right motivation to create something that inspired an audience, which in turn took us in new directions in writing and performance. 

That encouragement and belief in what I can achieve has helped inform my work and led to me doing more performance than ever before. 

Michelle Dee

Kate’s a very skilful poetry and performance teacher –  she’s sensitive, thoughtful, warm and precise. She can really listen to a poem and to a poet and knows just when and how to help.  

Jane Kitsen

Kate’s workshops are inspiring, empowering and a joy to take part in. You’ll come away amazed at what you’ve achieved, and excited to create more work.

Cassandra Jane Parkin

‘Kate’s workshops are everything you want them to be! With huge amounts of performance experience – and an effortless facilitation style – she always puts everyone at ease, and – most importantly, teaches us loads of stuff.

Natalie Diddams

Kate taught a Poetry course here at Totleigh Barton Arvon Centre which specifically looked at comedy in poetry. The course was very successful. Kate and her fellow tutor, Matt Harvey, managed to create a warm, supportive and inspiring environment and the work produced by the students throughout the week was of a very high standard.
Kate’s workshops were fun and imaginative and she was kind, encouraging and constructive in her tutorials. Kate was lovely to work with, inventive, generous, with a great sense of humour,

Claire Berliner, Manager, Arvon Foundation, Totleigh Barton


Booking Terms and Conditions

Before booking, make sure you have read through carefully, understood and accepted these conditions.
Booking Conditions
Bookings will only be secure on receipt of a £50 non-refundable deposit payment per person. On receipt of the payment the booking will be held.
1.A £50 deposit is required to secure your booking.
2.Full payment is required to secure a booking made less than 3 weeks prior to the event date.
3.It is your responsibility to make the full payment 3 weeks prior to the weekend, without this your booking will not be guaranteed. (I will invoice you).
Cancellation Policy
In the event of someone cancelling or changing a booking, Kate Fox retains the right to recover the following cancellation charges:
More than 50 days prior to the event – Loss of deposit only
Less than 21 days prior to the event – 100% of total fee is payable

The dates of the weekend will only be changed or cancelled by me in exceptional circumstances in which case any monies paid by you will be fully refunded.
In the case that the balance has not been paid as set out above we reserve the right to cancel your course and retain your deposit.