Writing with constraints

Neil Baker, John Simmons

Dark Angels One-day Writing Workshop | Central London | 30 November 2022

One way to make writing easier is to make it harder. That sounds illogical, but putting some obstacles in the way of your writing can be a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

Ernest Hemingway wrote one of his most famous stories in just six words.

Georges Perec wrote a whole novel without the letter ‘e’.

In this workshop we’ll explore how different writing constraints can help us to generate ideas, see familiar things in new ways and maybe even think about life a bit differently.

This is a fun workshop for first-timers to experienced writers to creative people generally.

Maximum of 10 places.

Venue & facilities

The Club Room at the October Gallery is a spacious library room located on the second floor of the building, beautifully lit by stained glass windows.

Founded in 1979, October Gallery is located in central London’s Bloomsbury district. It exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world and pioneered the development of the Transvangarde (the trans-cultural avant-garde).

October Gallery has been instrumental in bringing to worldwide attention many of the world’s leading international artists and promotes the very best in contemporary art from around the planet. It’s also a cultural hub in central London for poets, writers and intellectuals, so a perfect venue for a Dark Angels workshop.

Getting here

October Gallery is in Central London and easily accessible by Underground or bus. Nearest Tube stations are Holborn, Russell Square and Chancery Lane. Buses are 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 91, 168, 188 and 243.

Important things to know

Bookings & Travel

Timings: 10:30 – 16:30

Fee: £275

Date: 30 Nov


Reserve your place

"Dark Angels is a breath of fresh air ... using different briefs we were able to explore (without the normal limitations) our writing potential. I surprised myself with my creativity. Since returning to the office I have used the practical tips to profoundly change my approach to writing. Led by two English Literature fanatics whose passion and knowledge of this subject is really infectious – it's a must! And, most of all we had fun and met some great people."