Writing on a Notebook
Discover a new creative writing experience

A new experience for writers

Join writers from across the world in a FOUR day online creative writing festival that offers 

  • ​Creative writing webinars

  • Guest authors

  • Social time (online) to meet fellow authors and share your work in progress

  • Q & A sessions with authors and editors

  • Opportunities for 1-2-1 writers coaching with Maddy Glenn

Softwood is delighted to offer the first in an exciting series of interactive, instructor-led creative writing workshops for adults.

Whether you've already started working on your novel or it's a plan for the future, this intensive four day festival will inspire and motivate you through webinars on the 5 building blocks of creative writing:

  • Character

  • Plot

  • Dialogue

  • Setting

  • Style


The course begins with an informal introduction on Friday 16th October, where you can meet your fellow attendees over a virtual glass of wine on Zoom, meet your course leader, Maddy Glenn, and discuss your writing projects.

Saturday morning includes two webinars with live chat and interactive exercises, with the afternoon available for 1-2-1 coaching sessions with Maddy (see fee structure). The evening will introduce our special guest speaker, Claire Dyer, on a Zoom social call with all the participants, where she will explore how books can be re-energised, taking on a new dynamic through the editing process.

The festival continues on Sunday morning with more opportunities to book an individual coaching session with Maddy. Sunday afternoon sees the remainder of the webinars to complete your learning. We welcome our second guest author (to be announced shortly) on our Sunday evening Zoom social.

The course ends on Monday evening with another Zoom social, with a final Q&A and plenary session.

Announcing our Special Guests


Claire Dyer

Award-winning poet and novelist

We're delighted to be welcoming Claire to our Creative Writing Blast on the evening of Saturday 17th October. As well as being a regular contributor to Radio Reads on the BBC, Claire has four published novels and her third collection of poetry is due for publication in February 2021.

Claire has a BA in English & History from the University of Birmingham, an MA in Victorian Literature & Culture from the University of Reading, and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Bracknell & Wokingham College. 

‘Claire Dyer understands humanity and presents it on the page with utmost skill.’ 

Our second special guest will be announced on September 22nd

Buy your ticket



Save 25% if you book before October 1st

Ticket includes online access to all webinars, guest speakers, Q&A sessions, and Zoom socials 

Ticket includes online access to all webinars, guest speakers, Q&A sessions, and Zoom socials 




A private 45 minute session with our Writing Coach, Maddy Glenn.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this another one of those prerecorded courses devoid of real human interaction?

    • Every element of our Creative Writing Blast is instructor-led by a publishing expert. Any prerecorded elements will include a live-chat so that participants have continuous access to the instructor throughout the course.

  • Will I be expected to engage with writing exercises during the webinars?

    • Informal exercises will be set during each session which we'd recommend participants engage with, but of course they don't have to!​

  • Who are the guest authors?

  • I'm in America, how can I get involved in the morning sessions?

    • Our morning webinars are timetabled to start at 10am BST, but will be repeated on our Youtube channel for those who have festival tickets at 2pm BST (9am EDT)​.

  • How do I book a 1-2-1 coaching session during the festival weekend?

    • Book your Entry Ticket on the links above and add a coaching session. You'll be prompted to email us to arrange your individual time.

  • Who is the Festival instructor?

    • Maddy Glenn is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Softwood. Her award-winning editorial style and passion for the projects she works with makes her the ideal instructor for this creative writing course.

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