Writing Summer School

Friday 11 - Sunday 13 August, 10.30am - 4pm, £160 / Members £120 / Students £104

Writing Summer School

Develop your skills and gain feedback on your writing through a series of workshops led by three writers working in different ways across fiction and poetry.

This course will draw inspiration from our exhibition Howard Hodgkin: Painting India, exploring ways of responding both to the works themselves and ideas of place, travel, landscape and memory. 

The workshop leaders will discuss their own routes to writing and publishing, answering questions about editing, the publishing process and finding and agent.

You will be invited to share your work during a special event at the gallery during Wakefield LitFest, following which you can join us at our headline discussion event.

This session is suitable for beginner to intermediate level.


Half of the allocated places are offered to Members at the discounted rate of 25% off, sold on a first come, first served basis. Become a Member.

Book your place online or if you have any questions or special requirements then don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing learning@hepworthwakefield.org or calling 01924 247398.

About the tutors

Debjani Chatterjee MBE is an acclaimed Yorkshire and international poet whose books, plays and anthologies, have been translated widely. His many awards include the Peterloo poetry prize, Muse India’s poetry translation first prize, Sheffield Hallam University’s honorary doctorate for ‘outstanding contribution to literature, the arts and community service’ and an MBE in 2008. Chatterjee is patron of Survivors’ Poetry, co-chair of the mental-health charity Hyphen-21, founder of The Healing Word and Sahitya Press, and associate editor of Pratibha India. She has been writer-in-residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum and Ilkley Litfest.

Ralph Dartford is a writer based in Wakefield and co-founder of nationally recognised spoken word organisation A Firm of Poets. He writes and performs poetry, delivers workshops across the country, collaborates with artists and musicians, and produces festivals and events. A Firm of Poets was founded at Glastonbury 2013 with Matt Abbott, with the aim of delivering vital, accessible and engaging spoken word to the public. Ralph has been published in The Guardian, Stirring Magazine (US), Pulp Faction, Exterminating Angel Press (US) and London Territories. His first Collection, Cigarettes, Beer and Love was published by Ossett Observer Presents in July 2013.

Clare Sita Fisher was born in London and is now based in Leeds. She writes fiction, both long and short, and her debut novel All the Good Things was published by Viking, Penguin UK in June 2017.  This will be followed by a collection of very short fiction How The Light Gets In, which will be published by Influx Press in 2018. Clare has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and is represented by Zoe Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge and White.