Due to COVID-19 and ever-changing government guidance, please be mindful of current guidance for the venue. This could include wearing face masks, using hand sanitiser, following one-way systems, etc. Normally, this guidance will be communicated to you at the time of booking or else in an email/message/phone call shortly before the event. If you have any doubts or questions, please get in touch or speak directly to the venue. On the day, please be patient and follow all guidance from venue staff.

Please DO NOT ATTEND if you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been advised to self isolate for any reason.

What should I expect on the day?

Our writing workshops are designed to be relaxed, supportive and welcoming environments for writers of all abilities. Workshops are usually comprised of short writing exercises and opportunities for participants to share their work, if they wish – there is no pressure to do this.

Do I need to bring anything?

Enthusiasm, an open mind, and your favourite notepad and pen/pencil! Tea/coffee is usually provided (please see individual workshop listings for details).

If you prefer to work on a laptop or otherwise, please include this information when booking so that provision can be made.

Is the workshop suitable for my ability/genre/skill level?

Most workshops are suitable for writers of all levels; some are particularly suited to beginners or those who are looking to develop their writing confidence. Please see individual workshop listings for details.

Ifyou have any questions or are unsure about whether a particular workshop will be suitable for you, please get in touch.

How do I book and pay for my workshop?

This will depend on the workshop. Please see individual workshop listings for details.

If you encounter any problems during this process, please get in touch for alternatives.

The workshop I want to attend is fully booked! What now?

In order that everyone can participate and enjoy their workshop, group numbers are usually kept small. As a result, workshops can book up quickly. Once a workshop becomes fully booked, you may be given the option of being placed on a waiting list. Please get in touch if you can’t see this option.

Is the workshop venue fully accessible?

When selecting a workshop venue, priority is always given to selecting those which are fully accessible; however, this is not guaranteed. If you have any access needs and are unsure about the suitability of the venue, please get in touch before booking or contact the venue for more information.

Please advise at the time of booking if you require room for a wheelchair or have any other specific needs, and we will do our best to accommodate these.

Do you offer concessionary rates?

This is a small business which has only recently started trading and workshop prices are set as low as possible to cover costs and in an attempt to establish a viable business. For this reason, regrettably, we are currently unable to offer concessionary rates.

We hope that you will support this small, local start-up business at this early stage, and we hope that in the future we will be able to offer concessionary rates.

It may also be of interest that Kerrie regularly organises events and workshops for her local writing group, Lockerbie Writers, many of which are free to attend. Please visit their blog or Facebook page for more information.

I’ve booked a workshop but now I can’t go. What do I do?

If you are unable to attend your workshop, please inform us as soon as possible by emailing kerrie_mckinnel@hotmail.com or via a private Facebook message.

Once purchased, workshop places cannot normally be transferred, exchanged or refunded. However, this can sometimes be waived if there is a waiting list for the workshop. Emergency situations and COVID-19 situations can also be taken into account, and we will do our best, where possible, to come to a mutually acceptable resolution.

What happens if my workshop is cancelled?

Once a workshop date has been set, we will try our best to run it! If, despite our best efforts, a workshop is unable to go ahead, in the first instance we will attempt to postpone it. If this is not an option, then you will be offered a full refund. Where possible, we will attempt to come to a resolution (either postponement or refund) within 7 days of the original workshop date.

Refunds can only be made by the original payment method.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions, please get in touch!

Email: kerrie_mckinnel@hotmail.com

Find me on Facebook: KerrieMcKinnel – Writer