Our Workshops

Our Monthly Writing Workshops

3rd Monday of the month, 7.00pm - 9.30pm.

Check All Events / Home page for session dates.

Canterbury: University of Kent (Rutherford extension RX11 - room may vary),

Here, SaveAs Writers group members can read their prose and poetry and will receive constructive criticism from other local writers. It's also an opportunity to share information on upcoming events, competitions and successes!

The SaveAs Writers group is always looking for new members who can bring something different and exciting to these regular monthly workshops - essentially writers who are committed to their own writing, but also committed to learning and developing through constructive critiquing of other writer's work. You're welcome to come along and check it out. Bring a pen and paper with you. Join us by emailing saveas@hotmail.co.uk

1. What is the writing about? When reading a piece, try and interpret it. What is the theme, what do you think it is about? Summarize for the writer's benefit as much as yours. Have they communicated what they wanted to? If a piece is not understood properly, the author needs to know. It could be a misunderstanding on your part but there could also be areas which the author could work on.

2. What is working well? What is working well in the piece? Is it the imagery, the detail, etc? Point out the writer's strengths as they will then be able to absorb any criticism more readily.

3. What are the weaknesses? Any criticism must be constructive. Your job is to point out the flaws, not necessarily fix them. Don't just say this is ' no good', say it doesn't quite work for you and then explain why. Give specific examples. Be objective. The subject matter might not be your cup of tea, the theme might have some personal significance but you are not critiquing that, you are critiquing the work itself. You may have the opposite view to the writer, do not share their views on politics, religion, sex, etc but this should not cloud your judgement.

Writing Workshops Day 2023

Saturday, October 21st 2023

9:15am - 10:45am

Lynne Rees


Giving voice to what isn’t there.

11:00am - 12:30pm

Simon Smith

The Magic Lantern Slides:

Writing the prose poem


12:30pm - 1.00pm



1:00pm - 2:30pm

Sarah Salway

Discovering the World of Oulipo:

Creating constraints to formulate

new writing.

2:45pm - 4:15pm

Hilary Davies

Landscape and Memory:

How place shapes the imagination

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Gary Studley

In Your House:

The inspiring world of everyday chattels

Saturday, October 28th 2023

9:15am - 10:45am

Victoria Field

The Pilgrim Writer:

Inviting new writing on the theme of pilgrimage or significant journeys

11:00am - 12:30pm

Jennifer Matharu

Making Spoken Poetry Reach the Listener:

A practical masterclass


12:30pm - 1.00pm



1:00pm - 2:30pm

Jon Sayers

“How Would You Live Then?”:

Therapeutic writing and the tension of opposites

2:45pm - 4:15pm

Mario Petrucci

The 16 Ways of Writing:

All the major pathways into new work

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Sonia Overall

Editing your Work:

Rethinking, revising, refining


Beerling Hall

10 Blackfriars St

Canterbury CT1 2AP



£10 for each workshop

£45 for all day

Places are limited.

Bookings to be made via email to the SaveAs address: saveas@hotmail.co.uk