A creative writing workshop

Would you like to give fiction a try?

A top quality workshop for all those wanting to refine their skills, have a platform for constructive feedback, or simply gain inspiration.

Do you have a great idea for a story? A novel? Would you like to give it a try? Or, are you in the process of writing something and are looking to develop it further?

In the space of just one day, Alba Arikha will help you fine-tune your voice, hone your writing skills and construct a compelling storyline. She will talk you through various elements of a story, such as narrative tension, point of view and character development. You will take part in practical exercises to develop your technique and have the opportunity to receive feedback on your work. Alba has a wealth of experience of the whole process from first ideas, through drafting, writing a synopsis, finding an agent, dealing with publishers, or simply learning how to find the space and time to write. She will share all this with you through discussion and writing exercises. By the end of the day, you will have the opportunity to write a story of at least 500 words in length – and, should you wish to, have the skills and confidence to continue your literary journey after the class.



  • The function of character and how to make he or she compelling.
  • How does a story work? Memory and how we apply it to our imagination.
  • How to generate ideas and get started.
  • How to build one’s voice and gain confidence.
  • Plot and the importance of conflict.
  • How to hold the attention of the reader.
  • Setting, structure and pacing in fiction.
  • The function of conversation.
  • Writing tips.


£80 / Person (including 1 coffee break)


WEDNESDAY MARCH 4th 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm


  • 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm 1st session
  • 7:15 pm - 7:30 pm coffee break
  • 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm 2nd session

Please email reservations@laylow.co.uk to book a table for dinner after the class.

Tutor profile

Alba Arikha is an author of fiction and non-fiction, including Walking on Ice, Muse and Major/Minor, a memoir that was shortlisted for the Spear’s award and chosen as one of the best books of 2012 by the New Yorker. Her recent novel, Where to Find Me, was published by Alma Books. It was selected among the best books of 2018 in the Evening Standard and long listed for the 2020 Wingate Prize. She has written librettos for two operas based on her books: Soon, which was performed at the Riverside Studios, and Blue Electric, which will be performed in 2020 at the Playground Theatre. She has written for various publications, including the New Republic and Tatler, and is a regular contributor to Radio 4. She has been teaching creative writing for a few years, for various institutions such as the Royal Academy of Art, Columbia University and the Guardian, where she holds regular classes on short fiction. In 2019, she was visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, where she taught non fiction.

Alba is also a singer-songwriter and has performed in London and Paris.

Alba Arikha

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