York Writing Tree Writing Workshop

We can run bespoke workshops for festivals and other events, and for other writing groups. Please contact us for further details.


We also run a monthly writing workshop in York, to help writers develop their writing and enjoy mutual support from other writers.

The monthly sessions are informal and friendly, and led by one of our experienced Writing Tree tutors. We have put a lot of thought and discussion with other writers into the format of the sessions, and come up with something a bit different from the usual critique-group.

The first hour of each meeting is a writing class, led by a Writing Tree tutor. The topics for the class are chosen by the group (the current schedule for coming months can be found below).

After a break for refreshments and socialising we then have a discussion session, where each person has a chance (if they so wish) to talk about their current writing projects and ask for support or suggestions from the group. They may wish to share a specific extract from their work to help the group give focused feedback, or it might be a more general point.

We hope that as people in the group get to know each other they might find ‘critique’ partners who they could work with outside the group on more extensive feedback as well, if this is what they need. We feel that it’s important to build trust and rapport with a fellow writer before giving and receiving detailed feedback, and this isn’t always possible in conventional, critique-focused groups.

We have tried to keep prices to a minimum, in the hope that it means it isn’t a barrier to people on lower incomes, but will realistically cover the costs of organisation etc.

How to Join the Workshop

Annual membership is £25 per year, which gives you free admission to our monthly sessions, plus 10% discount on any additional sessions (e.g. guest talks, trips) and Writing Tree books and stationary.

To join, please complete our online membership form and pay through our shop, or in cash at a workshop session.

If you wish you may come along to one session for free, to see if we’re offering what you’re looking for. Contact us in advance to book your place.

If you want to know more, you can find us on meetup.com, our Facebook or drop us an email at york@writingtree.co.uk

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for updates about forthcoming sessions.

Future Classes:

September 9th 2019 – Developing a writing practice

October 14th 2019 – Structure

November 11th 2019 – Points of View and perspectives

December 9th 2019 – Characters