Workshop 2018-04-03T14:11:53+00:00

in Edale, England

June 22nd – June 29th 2018

Check-in 3pm on Friday, June 22 with Welcome Drinks & Dinner 7pm.

Final Dinner & Performance Thursday Evening June 28.

Checkout 10:00 am Friday, June 29.

We are excited to announce that Margaret McMullan will be leading the workshop each morning from 9:30am until 1:00pm or so, followed by lunch. Special guests will host in our evening salons. Drinks at 6:45pm; salon 7.15-8.15pm; dinner 8.30pm. The week culminates into a final dinner and performance Thursday evening.

Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter, which is a collection of essays about fathers by great women writers such as Alice Munro, Ann Hood, and Jane Smiley. Margaret’s young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, and Sources of Light have received best book awards from Parents’ Choice, School Library Journal, the American Library Association, and Booklist among others.

Margaret’s essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Herald, USA Today, Glamour, The Millions, The Morning Consult, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Montréal Review, National Geographic for Kids, and Southern Accents. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Deep South MagazineStorySouth, TriQuarterly,Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Other Voices, Boulevard, The Arkansas Review, Southern California Anthology, and The Sun among numerous other journals and anthologies. A recipient of a NEA Fellowship in literature and a Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, Margaret has served as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-res MFA Program in New York where she also taught on the summer faculty. She was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Her new book, Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return is due out in 2018. 

Special Guest Speakers

The evening salons are an important part of the workshop and are led by authors of several genres – short story, travel writing, children’s books, novelists – as well as agents, publishers, journalists and more.

This year’s speakers include: To Be Announced.

Past speakers include:

  • Cathy Galvin – Founder of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the richest in the world at £30,000.
  • Rosalind Miles – Award winning writer, journalist, critic and broadcaster.  
  • Robin Cross – Award winning Military and Classic Cinema Author and Documentarian
  • Ra Page – Journalist, Editor of The City Life Book of Manchester Short Stories, founder and editor of Manchester Stories magazine and deputy editor of City Life and a director of the Manchester Poetry Festival.
  • Carole BlakeFounded Agency 1977 after 14 years in publishing, finally as Marketing Director of Sphere. 
  • Meg Pokrass – is the author of four flash fiction collections and one award winning book of prose poetry.
  • Michael Hoffman – a founding member of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and director of Nicholas Spark’s ‘The Best of Me’ for Relativity Media.
  • Lucy Coats – author known for her YA Beasts of Olympus series.
  • Maurice Lyon – an editor at Penguin Children’s Books, Hodder Children’s Books, and served as Children’s Editorial Director at Frances Lincoln.
  • Charlie Campbell – author, veteran literary agent, and former deputy editor of Literary Review.
  • Kathy Towers – an award winning poet, she spoke about the relationship between poetry and music.
  • Ben Okri – Booker Prize winning author of The Famished Road.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky – actor known for his roles in Californication, Glee, and Groundhog Day, he is also author of The Dangerous Animals Club and stars on the podcast The Tobolowsky Files.
  • Bertie Doherty – two time Carnegie Medal winner.
  • Mark Wallington – author of the Boogie travelogues, serialized on BBC Radio Four.
  • James Prichard – Managing Director of Langtail Press.
  • Rachel Genn – novelist and neuroscientist.
  • Evgenia Citkowitz – author of the acclaimed collection Ether.
  • Will Cohu – novelist and memoirist, he’s twice been in the running for a Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.
  • Adam Marek – award-winning short story writer, winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship and shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. 
  • Roland Chambers – author and illustrator of children’s books.
  • Jim Hinks editor at Comma Press and independent publisher, specializing in the short story.

Cancellation Policy

*If circumstances beyond your control cause you to have to cancel, we do have a 10% cancellation fee prior to March 1st and a 50% cancellation fee  prior to May 1st. No refund given after that point, though your place in the program is transferable. Transfers must be handled  with our US office.


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