Creative Writing Workshops at London Bridge Hive
23rd March 2019

Resilient Thinking for Writers and Fantastic Flashing Live

£55 each or book both together for £90

Class size limited to 24 writers


London Bridge Hive
1 Melior Place

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10am to 1pm: Resilient Thinking for Writers (12 spaces left)

Book RESILIENT THINKING ONLY for £55    Book FULL DAY for £90


Learning to cope with the inevitable setbacks is an essential part of any writer’s life, yet it gets little attention. Resilient Thinking for Writers addresses the subject head-on in an energising and interactive workshop combining presentation, discussion and written exercises. The workshop’s three aims are to help you:

  1. Develop a bespoke set of skills to cope with setbacks
  2. Stay motivated to progress towards your goals
  3. Protect and nurture your love of writing

As the core of the workshop you’ll be introduced to ‘resilient thinking’ skills, a process that makes it possible to recognise and adapt unhelpful beliefs and thought patterns triggered by setbacks so you can recover more quickly and continue to move forward. The approach is honest and realistic but above all, positive and practical. The tutors will be sharing strategies that have made a real difference to them as writers.

Workshop tutors: Isabel Costello and Voula Tsoflias

Isabel Costello is a novelist and short story writer with a background in marketing and communications. Her debut novel Paris Mon Amour was first published in eBook by Canelo and later in paperback under a new Literary Sofa imprint named after her influential blog. Isabel’s candid posts on her challenging and unusual journey to publication have attracted a wide audience, inspiring her to become involved with the WoMentoring Project and to develop the Resilient Thinking for Writers workshop in partnership with Voula Tsoflias.


Voula Tsoflias is an author and corporate psychologist who specialises in helping business people to excel and succeed. She is an expert in the current hot topic in her field: the development of the skills of psychological resilience. Voula’s debut novel Honor’s Shadow was published by Karnac in 2011. She is a contributing author to The Psychology Book, published by DK in 2012 and winner of the British Psychology Society Book of the Year award.

“Any writer who has struggled to keep working, become despondent or felt the full force of rejection needs Isabel Costello and Voula Tsoflias. Their combination of authorial and psychological experience provides a brilliant toolkit to tackle everyday and exceptional writing obstacles. Highly recommended. ”
Cathy Galvin, Founder and Director of Word Factory

Feedback from previous participants

“Really well put together and executed, I’ll be using your resources for a long time.”

“Interesting, inspiring and informative – feeling positive and ready to put theory into practice.”

“This REALLY doesn’t get talked about openly enough.”

“So energising and motivating!”



2pm to 5pm: Fantastic Flashing Live (14 spaces left)

Book FANTASTIC FLASHING ONLY for £55   Book FULL DAY for £90


An intensive flash fiction workshop based on the online course from Retreat West that will help you to generate lots of new stories through experimentation and writing in different styles and voices. There will be readings to demonstrate examples and the focus is on creating new work to go away with and edit, as well as giving and getting feedback during the workshop.


  • Write 6 new flash fictions from prompts
  • Read and discuss 6 flash fiction examples
  • Get lots of tips for ways to generate new story ideas
  • Get insights into how to write flash stories that have resonance and don’t rely on a punchline ending

Workshop tutor: Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint is a novelist, short writer and the founder of Retreat West. She is also the commissioning editor and publisher at Retreat West Books. Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month and a Book Magnet Blog Top 20 Book of 2016. Her new novel, Remember Tomorrow, is publishing in 2019 and her short story collection, Flashes of Colour, in 2020. Amanda designed and teaches several online creative writing courses and teaches live fiction writing workshops at literary festivals and writing retreats. Her short stories have been widely published and longlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize and the Ink Tears Short Story Prize. She has been designing and judging flash fiction competitions for several years.

What writers have said about the online Fantastic Flashing course:

Excellent, varied and interesting prompts.

I love the photo prompts. Great stories to learn from as well.

It’s been invaluable in generating new ideas and learning about structure and other writing techniques.

The course is really interesting and challenging.


Booking T&Cs
  • The full workshop fee is due on booking to reserve your space
  • Bookings for the full day do not include lunch but there are lots of places to eat nearby
  • Travel is not included in the cost
Cancellations Policy

Full refunds minus a £10 admin fee will be given up until 4 weeks before the workshop date. Within 4 weeks of the workshop date, a refund (minus £10 admin fee) will only be given if we re-sell the space. In the unlikely event of the workshops being cancelled, you will receive a full refund.