As the publisher of Venetia’s book Mother of Darkness, I honestly believe that Venetia is a literary force to reckon with and will no doubt prove to be an excellent tutor for those who aspire to become the next generation of young writers to carry out their mission of bringing something new to the literary world, of which Britain is always an innovator.


Writer’s Masterclass:
with Venetia Welby
22nd August 2018 @ 10:30 am
The Barn at Calcot
Calcot & Spa
Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
01666 890391

Do you have a story to tell?

Creative writing tutor and ‘Mother of Darkness’ author, Venetia Welby will be at Calcot to steer a small, relaxed group of first-time writers with advice, prose examples and classroom exercises.

Venetia’s insight, Calcot’s setting and the camaraderie of other would-be writers will conspire to inspire!

The easy going summer vibe of The Barn at Calcot will provide the perfect space for an initmate group of writers. The class size of just 18 would-be writers will allow for stimulating exchange and mutual encouragement around Venetia Welby’s guidance. Discussion and writing will be aided by a round table set-up in The Shed at The Barn and can spill out into the club-like atmosphere of The Hub as required. At lunchtime the group will move outside to The Pit – a tented spot with sofas and a pizza oven at the ready. Twenty minutes of the itinerary will see writers head out into Calcot’s surrounding gardens and grounds as observation for a writing task.

The day’s itinerary will be as follows:

· 10.30am- 11am: Arrival and coffee reception in The Hub

· 11am – 1pm: Morning class session in The Shed

· 1pm – 2pm: Break for light lunch at The Pit

· 2pm – 4pm: Afternoon class session in The Shed

Venetia Welby is a novelist and creative writing tutor who has lived and worked on four continents. When not seeking out new countries and ideas, she is actively involved in the literary scenes of London (where she lives in Bow) and Oxford.

Published in early 2017, her debut novel. ‘Mother of Darkness’ is lyrical, wry and darkly comic in its exploration of the relationship between loss, addiction and religious zeal. As the main narrative is splintered by a series of psychiatric interviews, erratic life writings, hallucinations and nods to Greek Tragedy, the novel evokes Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and the writings of Sebastian Horsley.

Price: £85 per person (to include coffee/tea and light two-course lunch with a glass of wine)

We highly recommend booking in advance as spaces are limited.

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