Creative Writing Workshops

Four Ways of Answering: Acclaimed novelist and writer Benjamin Markovits leads a creative writing workshop focused on structure. What do you need to
know before you start writing? What is your story about? You will look at four different ways of answering these questions – and start to put these theories into practice.  Read More

Writing for Audio: This one-day workshop is aimed at those with some prior creative writing experience, in any format will explore the craft of writing stories for radio and other aural outlets. With Liz Allard and Alison MacCleod who have produced and written for radio extensively.  Read More

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Small Wonder SLAM: Write (or dust off), an original, unpublished story which you can perform in three minutes flat. The style and subject matter are up to you; we’re simply looking for excellent writing, performed brilliantly. Read More

Courtyard Readings: A chance to read your own short fiction aloud to the friendly festival crowd! Test out new work or perform something tried and tested. Read More

Small Wonder Reading group: Join us to read a selection of stories from the weekend’s authors, we will read a variety of stories aloud, followed by lively discussion. Read More

Community Engagement:   In the lead up to Small Wonder, a group of local LGBTQ+ people will meet together with writers at Charleston. They will use the museum as inspiration to find something to write home about, creating a series of ‘Unexpected Delights’ that will come together in a Zine.   We are also keen to form an LGBTQ+ Forum to help advise Charleston on future programming.  If you are interested in participating, contact Charleston’s Community Engagement Officer.

Working and Volunteering at Small Wonder

We are always looking for people who want to be involved in the Festival, details of forthcoming jobs will be posted here shortly.

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