Sutton Writers

Speaker Schedule

You can always find the most up-to-date information about our meetings and events in our group.

The first events for the 2020/21 season have been announced!

We’re working on completing our schedule for the 2020/21 season. If you’d like to hear more about what we have coming up once it’s planned, make sure you sign up to the newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

Remember, all events are free for members, and £5 for non-members. Visitors can attend their first event for free.

Coming up

Writing funny, with Abigail Mann

Tuesday 13 October 2020; RSVP on

This workshop will take writers on a fun and explorative journey through comedy writing and the many ways it can inform your narrative, from belly laughing anecdotes to pithy quips. We’ll look at finding your voice, drawing on life experience, and comedic description, as well as the core of all good narratives; conflict and tension. A number of exercises will help flex your comedic muscles and we’ll close with a Q&A. Even if comedy writing isn’t part of your usual remit, all of the principles we look at will help with drama, characterisation, and authentic dialogue.

Your speaker: Abigail is a comedy writer living in London and surviving on a diet of three-shot coffee, bourbons, and vegetarian sausage rolls. She was born and brought up in Norfolk, which she says is to blame for the sardonic humour that runs through her novels. Abigail was the runner up in 2019’s Comedy Women in Print award for THE LONELY FAJITA: her first novel. Abigail takes inspiration from unconventional cross-sections of modern society and the impact this has on identity and the relationships we create, with lots of laughs along the way.

Instagram: @abigailemann
Twitter: @abigailemann

Speak from the heart with confidence using performance poetry, with Rachel Powell

Tuesday 10 November 2020; RSVP on

The Slow Life‘s Rachel Powell has had quite the journey. She’ll share with us her guidance on finding and sharing your own voice, speaking from the heart and with confidence. More details to come.

Everything you wanted to know about writing sex: 5 Hot Tips 

Tuesday 8 December 2020; RSVP on

There’s a reason there’s an award for bad sex writing. Bad sex on the page makes the reader cringe. Have readers talking for all the right reasons with these five steps to writing scorching sex scenes.

Your speaker: Suzanne Jefferies is an award-winning writer of erotica and contemporary romance novels. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, she believes regular HEAs help to keep away reality blues. Her novel, The Joy of Comfort Eating, won the 2016 ROSA Imbali Award for excellence in romance writing, and in 2011, her novella, The Hunt, won the Mills & Boon Voice of Africa competition. As a writer-at-large, she writes for both corporate and government clients.  She is also a writing coach ( Thanks to an epic cake addiction, she is chasing a half-marathon PB and lives with three cats, two of whom started as the neighbour’s. She is a member of the Romance Writers of South Africa (ROSA). 

Also coming up…

January: Author marketing and building an audience, with Matthew Trinetti of the London Writers Salon [details tbc]

February: YA and middle grade fiction, with editor Siobhan O’Brien Holmes of Writer and the Wolf [details tbc]

Past events

Description and atmosphere, with Alex Davis (September)

This 90-minute online workshop looked at some of the key principles of description for writers, including ‘info dumping’, ‘show not tell’ and more. We’ll also look at how we can use language to develop atmosphere, with a closing writing exercise enabling you to explore creating mood in your scenes. Read our recap here.

A long-established workshop leader and writing mentor in and around the East Midlands, Alex Davis is an Associate Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Derby as well as Literature Officer for the city’s popular QUAD venue. He has taught more than 50 writing courses, as well as a host of one-off sessions tackling a wide range topics in fiction, non-fiction and publishing. Book now on

Summer special event: Lessons from writing a non-fiction bestseller, with Sarah Townsend

Sutton Writers welcomed Sarah Townsend, veteran copywriter and best-selling author of Survival Skills for Freelancers, as a special August guest speaker.

Sarah has spent the past 20 years as a freelance marketing copywriter, and she shares the secrets and surprises she’s learnt from self-employment in her first book. The guide to the highs and lows faced by freelancers – from isolation, uncertainty and self-doubt to knowing what to charge, when to ask for help, and when to say no – went straight to the top of several Amazon charts when released in June. It already has more than 70 5-star ratings, bolstered by the fact she tackles the mental health and wellness issues of self-employment as well as giving practical business tips.

Joining us to talk all things freelance writing and non-fiction, Sarah shared the lessons she learnt from self-publishing a business book, in particular how she mobilised her community to help publicise and push the marketing for her. Read our recap here.

Learn more about Sarah and her book at

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