Saturday 10th August 2024 - One Day ‘Write A Complete Story’ Workshop - Southbank, London SE1

10 August 2024

Venue: Southbank, London SE1

Address: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 (meet inside main riverside entrance at the tables by the cafe area)

Date: Saturday 10th August 2024

Time: 10am - 5pm

Workshop Number: SB100824

Price: £47 standard / £42 concessions (senior citizens/disabled persons)

Duration: 7 hours, including lunch/coffee breaks

Class Size: Maximum ten students (six required for workshop to proceed)*

(*Once enrolled, should the course not go ahead and there is no alternative course you’d like to transfer to, you will receive a full and immediate refund. Please note: refunds via PayPal or Eventbrite usually take 3-5 working days.)

Format: In-group discussion & writing exercises.

*Please note: this workshop involves numerous locations. Though the distances between are small - approx. 1-2 miles max for the whole day - mobility will be necessary. Therefore, should you require special access, please don’t hesitate to ask and I will help in every way I can.

Age: all ages, though 16s and under to be accompanied by an adult.

(I am DBS checked)

This creative writing workshop is suitable for beginners, writers with projects underway, or those looking for a fresh injection of inspiration. It is perfect for all genres and those wishing to write short stories.

Workshop description: In the iconic and wonderfully inspirational setting of London’s Southbank, this one day creative writing workshop focuses on the creation of a story via the learning, revisiting and practice of the key elements necessary to write a compelling piece of work. Whether new to creative writing or a seasoned author, together we explore the ingredients we must bring together to make a story sparkle, harnessing them via group discussion and focused slots for writing. Obviously, there’s a great deal to get through in
the day, however, it’s this immersion that clarifies our understanding of the creative process.

Workshop goal: working on either your own idea or one we can create together, you will develop your story throughout the day, ending up with a complete piece of work.

Additional benefits for existing writers: this intensive approach can work wonders for creating ideas/plot paths forward, plus also the ironing-out of any plot jams.

With accompanying notes, this workshop commences in the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall, then, as a group, we move along the Southbank, soaking up the location’s fabulous ambience as we discuss each of the ingredients we need to work on, regularly stopping along the way to get writing and creative.

The key elements featured:

The morning session - 10am-1pm:




Dramatic event

Lunchbreak - 1-2pm approx. (These workshops are very flexible.)

The afternoon session - 2-5pm:

Reaction to dramatic event

Build-up toward the conclusion

Plotting, plot twists, pace & the best reader experience


Strong, dramatic, fulfilling conclusion.

(Due to the spontaneity of the creative process, the above ingredients will all be covered, though possibly in a slightly different order.)

The goal of the workshop: to be a thoroughly interactive and great fun day of learning, at the end of which you will have written, from scratch (or completed) a story. And there’s nothing like being in the company of fellow creatives for inspiration, motivation, learning and to really develop our work.


“Such an exciting day which really kickstarted my writing. So much fun, and in my favourite part of London!” Sarah, Oxford.

“This workshop is a game changer. It opened my eyes to everything that’s required to write a full, rich novel. I tend to procrastinate, so the intensive nature of this day
really helped me. I learn best by actually doing it, rather than being in a classroom. Superb!’ Ryan, Bromley.

“I’m a beginner, so the best part for me was coming away with a check-list reminder of what I should include: plot, drama, narrative, dialogue, descriptions etc. Highly recommend this, and Dominic’s enthusiasm is infectious.” Zelda, Chislehurst

“I love the film-like pre-production work we did as a group, building our characters and plots as we went, which sparked wonderful backstories. Thank you so much, Dominic.” Deepika, Wandsworth.


Are there any session requirements? Yes, you’ll need basic written and spoken English skills to benefit from it.

Is previous creative writing experience required? No.

Are there any other costs? No, unless you wish to buy food or refreshments on the day.

Is there anything I need to bring? Just your own writing materials – pens, paper, laptop etc.

What to wear: please dress accordingly for the unpredictable weather. Good walking shoes is a must.

Weather: should this be against us, we will still be able to complete the workshop as there are countless venues where we can work indoors.

Refund policy: once enrolled, should the workshop not go ahead and there is not a suitable alternative workshop/course you’d like to transfer to, you will receive a full and immediate refund. Please note: refunds via PayPal or Eventbrite usually take 3-5 working days.

To Enrol:

Please select from the ‘Workshop Prices’ drop-down menu, then enter the workshop number (SB100824), add any special instructions (e.g., is this purchase a gift? If so, who for? / do you, or the recipient, require special access etc.), then click ‘Buy Now’ to be taken through to your PayPal account.

Should you not have a PayPal account, alternative payment means are available. Please email me to discuss.

And for any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on

Thank you for reading and I very much hope to work with you on your writing goals.

Best wishes & happy writing!


Dominic Canty

Course Details

Date: 10 August 2024
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Southbank Centre, London SE1
Cost: 47 / £42 concessions
Sessions: 1
Available Places: 10
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