Discover where your imagination could take you... 

 ...with our fun, one-off, live creative writing workshops  

February/March 2024 workshops OPEN FOR BOOKING

Our workshops take place around Diane Chandler's kitchen table in Chiswick, London W4, close to tube, buses and parking. Each 2-hour workshop has a maximum of 6 students with the 2 published novelist tutors always present, ensuring individual attention. We offer a cosy, safe and, above all, kind space where beginners and writers of all levels may feel confident and relax into the fun. Laughter generally guaranteed.  The £50.00 live session fee includes coffee and home-made brownies at the morning sessions and wine and nibbles at the evening sessions.   

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Stephanie has taught writing and digital publishing at many events, like this London Book Fair  seminar for new writers and Richmond Adult Community College.  She has published 2 novels with Piatkus and 2 non-fiction titles with Hamlyn. She founded  Blackbird Digital Books in 2009 where she edits both fiction and non-fiction.  She has written for many newspapers and magazines including The GuardianThe Sunday Times and Woman's Own. 

Diane won The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2016 with her debut novel The Road to Donetsk. Her other novels are Moondance (2016) and Only Human (2020).  She is currently writing her fourth. Diane also offers a personal mentoring service for writers.

The sessions are enjoyable and inspirational for us too.  We love working as a team and are 

both present at all workshops. Maximum class size is 6, ensuring lots of individual attention.


'The most enjoyable and comfortable workshop I have ever done' 

'Eye-opening and inspirational ... worth every moment'

'I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't totally trust them ... they are a class act'  '

Charming, funny and relaxed, I absolutely loved it.' 

'The relaxed approach made me feel totally at ease'

 No pressure. Join in or sit and listen. 

Creative Writing Workshops London (CWWL) was established in 2017 by prize-winning novelist Diane Chandler and Stephanie Zia, novelist and publisher at Blackbird Books. Together we have hosted oodles of half-day kitchen-table workshops in West London.  We offer live and online workshops.

What can you expect?

 Our trademarks are:

Interactive - a mixture of lectures, discussion and writing exercises. Join in or sit and listen. You never have to speak, or read out, if you don't want to.

Inspirational - some workshops are aimed at beginners, others for any writer who would like a creative boost.

Stand-alone - try a class, if you enjoy it you may want to come back for more!
Our four stand-alone workshops for beginners are: Character, Plot, Dialogue, Setting.

'Great way to get those creative juices flowing.'

'Inspired me to write again.' 

'You both created a nurturing, productive and inclusive environment... though you made it seem effortless it was an extremely well-planned and considered workshop and I learnt a lot whilst thoroughly enjoying myself, which is rare.'

'Friendly and welcoming atmosphere... no pressure to share.'

'Such a fab workshop, so much fun! Looking forward to the follow-up.'

'Became aware that I have more imagination than I thought, an extraordinary discovery. Felt safe to share.'

'Enjoyed the playfulness of it.'

Summer Writing Competition 2023

Open exclusively to CWWL students past & present.



by Lucie Wignarajah


by Liz Hagerty

3rd (untitled)

by Eliza Frayn


by Nancy Maillie


by Ann Wood 

Novel London International Literary Competition and Festival 2023

Diane and Stephanie were delighted to be the judges at the 2023 Novel London Literary Competition and Festival 2023.  First prize, a critique by Stephanie Zia of CWWL and Blackbird Books, plus £500. Second prize, lunch at the Ivy with a literary agent plus £300. 

1st THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF MURDER by Radostina Adriana Christova
2nd ANIMAL NIGHTLIFE by Koushik Banerjea
3rd THE NARCISSIST by Stephen Brody

  Novel London

Google Reviews

 Google review from our most recent season of workshops(March 2023): '

I have been to a couple of these workshops - one on Plot and one on Setting - and thoroughly enjoyed both, as well as being inspired to go away and write. Stephanie and Diane share their enthusiasm, their knowledge and their experience with a small group where it feels safe to try things out and have fun with the exercises. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who loves to write, at whatever stage you have reached.' Mike Thexton