Workshop 2017-04-12T00:19:03+00:00


in Edale, England

September 29 – October 6

Esteemed author and professor, Pamela Painter, will once again be leading the workshop each morning from 10am until 2pm, followed by lunch. Special guests will host our evening salons. Drinks at 6.45pm; salon 7.15-8.15pm; dinner 8.30pm.

Pamela Painter’s first collection of stories, Getting to Know the Weather, won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and was reissued as A Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary in 2008. Her second collection of stories is titled The Long and Short of It. Painter is co-author, with Anne Bernays, of the widely-used textbook What If? Fiction Exercises for Fiction Writers.

Painter’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Five Points, Harper’s, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares, among others.  Her third book is a collection of “very short stories,” also published by Carnegie Mellon, titled Wouldn’t You Like to Know.  These stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Fiction Forward, and Microfiction. The winner of three Pushcart Prizes and Agni’s John Cheever Award for Fiction, Painter has received grants from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Her stories have been produced by WordTheatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, and Stage Turner. Additionally, her award-winning story titled “Reading in His Wake” was recorded for the CD Love Hurts, by Marcia Gay Harden for Harper Collins. Her most recent book is a collection of longer stories, published by Engine Books, and titled Ways to Spend the Night.  Pamela Painter is a Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston.

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:

Rosalind Miles is the award-winning author of the twenty-three books of fiction and non-fiction including Who Cooked The Last Supper? the Women’s History of the World.  Her novels featuring women leaders, including I, Elizabeth, the story of Elizabeth I, have been international best-sellers. Her career as a broadcaster involves radio, TV and film, and she has presented her own radio and TV shows.
Rosalind has also had a lifelong active involvement in women’s issues, from the right to contraception to the fight for equal pay. She has held consultancies for major banks, companies and individuals on women’s interests worldwide. Educated at the universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Leicester, she holds five degrees. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Kent, and was deemed an Alien of Extraordinary Ability by the State Department of the USA.

Robin Cross has published over 30 books, including the best-selling VE Day: Victory in Europe 1945 (1985) and We’ll Meet Again (with Vera Lynn, 1989) His Citadel: The Battle of Kursk (1993) was hailed as “absorbing and wholly accessible” by The Times and was subsequently reissued as Penguin Military Classic, while his account of the last days of the Third Reich, Fallen Eagle (1995), was described as “mesmerising” by the Sunday Express. Later works include In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War (2009), published in association with the Imperial War Museum; and Hitler: An Illustrated Life (2009), described as “the essential biography” by Richard Overy. In the late 1990s he began working for television and in five years wrote and directed over 150 TV documentaries, principally on war and movie-related themes. He has also worked as a consultant on many books, notably with John Keegan on the latter’s 1989 history of World War 2. He later worked with Keegan on the Daily Telegraph’s coverage of the First Gulf War. He also contributed a regular column to the Sunday Express, Curious London, which in 1996 became a paperback of the same title, described by Time Out as “the best book on the capital city”.

Past speakers include:

  • Andrew Holgate – Has been the literary editor of The Sunday Times since 2008.
  • 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 – shortlisted for a PEN/Ackerly Award for his memoir, 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

Cancellation received by June 1st — participant receives a 75% refund for any payments made minus a $100 administrative fee.

Cancellation received by July 1st — participant receives a 50% refund for any payments made minus a $100 administrative fee.

Cancellation received by August 1st — participant receives a 25% refund for any payments made minus a $100 administrative fee.

Participant’s tuition/ room and board spot is transferable to approved participants for a FULL refund minus a $100 administrative fee.