Create and Motivate

An inspirational, informative and interactive workshop for writers of all levels of experience.

Create and Motivate is workshop of two halves.

The first half is all about motivating your muse, getting your creative juices flowing and busting through your blocks.

Most of the exercises we'll do together can be used to improve any works in progress or kick-start completely new ideas.

Then we will focus on YOU the writer.

I will help you set some writing goals and get you focused on your writing dreams.

Then there will be a Q&A about getting your work 'out there' - whatever that work may be.

:: Got any questions about publishing, performing and pitching your work?

:: Want to know how to build a readership prior to and after publication?

That's great, because I have literally hundreds of answers for you!

Create and Motivate really does what it says on the tin. 

Expect to come away bursting with new ideas and armed with action plans . . .

Dates and Venues:


I'm thrilled to have been asked to run a Create and Motivate Workshop for Hillingdon Artsweek.

WHEN: Sunday 1st June, 2.00 - 5.00pm
WHERE: The Compass Theatre, Ickenham

Praise for Create and Motivate:

"An amazing, interesting and inspiring creative writing workshop in a lovely Manor Farm House . . . I must get working on my manuscript!"

"Great workshop. Inspiring."

"Great session and really valuable in getting focus and inspiration."

"Thanks for an excellent day."

"An amazing day daring to dream."

"I loved it! Am definitely coming back!"

"I finally feel like writing again."

Praise for my work:

‘Siobhan has proved herself an excellent workshop leader and has built a strong and productive workshop with her own unique blend of professionalism, enthusiasm and warmth.’ Dale Arndell, Arts Development Officer, London Borough of Harrow

‘I have known Siobhan for ten years in her capacity as a creative writing workshop leader and during that time I have come to realise that she is a person with an immense natural ability to see straight to the heart of whatever problems she is presented with. Time and again I have seen her help faltering writers gain clarity and confidence and thus move successfully towards their creative goals. Siobhan is an excellent and sympathetic listener, but also highly practical and these gifts, combined with her understanding of writing and artistic expression give her a unique approach to problem solving I have found profoundly valuable.’ Charlotte Baldwin, Arts Officer, London Borough of Hillingdon 

'Siobhan is a natural when it comes to teaching. She always manages to be encouraging and bring out the best in her writers no matter what their level of ability. My writing has come on in leaps and bounds since attending her workshop.' Phil Lawder, author of poetry anthology, Edges

‘Siobhan is a caring, intuitive and professional writing coach.  She has helped me reach the stage where I am poised to submit to publishers.  I never would have got this far without her special gifts. I would certainly recommend aspiring writers to seek out Siobhan to find an endless source of inspirational guidance.’ Patricia Jacobs

'Siobhan is one of the most gifted writers I have worked with in the last fifteen years. Subtleties of character, tone and plotting seem to come easily to her. She can turn her hand to writing to the very young right up to young adult, and in each case with real talent. She is unusually versatile and adept. And what's more, she is a joy to work with - a true professional.' Leah Thaxton, Publisher, Faber & Faber

'I have worked closely with Siobhan for several years and on many different projects. We've brainstormed the very loosest of ideas then worked together to create and shape, develop and produce high-quality fiction series for children, so I've seen Siobhan at every stage of the creative process. She is one of the very best. She's always bubbling with rich ideas of her own, yet remains wonderfully responsive to those of others: she's a thoughtful and considerate listener, an intuitive enabler and encourager, with a gift for finding the heart and soul of a story and bringing it to vibrant life, usually through richly imagined characters, and a distinctive voice and telling detail. Touches more magical than just the words - of which she is both master - and mistress.' Reg Wright, Director, Hothouse Fiction

'Having worked with Siobhan on a large, time-sensitive project, I can safely say she's a gifted, creative and versatile editor. She finds the most difficult plot problems easy to remedy and brings her own talented writer's eye to everything she does. On top of that, she keeps to deadlines and is a complete joy to work with.' Rebecca Hill, Fiction Director, Usborne

'Having worked with Siobhan in various capacities, I can vouch for her expertise. As her editor, I've seen how her own writing leaps from the page and touches her readers. And in her work as an editorial consultant, creating, shaping and developing concepts, and working with other writers, she's an absolute pro. Creative, insightful, reliable and fun - what more could you ask for?' Ali Dougal, Editorial Director, Egmont UK

'Working with Siobhan on the Harry Hammer series has been an absolute pleasure. Her speedy turnaround times, collaborative approach and formidable creativity have led to a full-of-fun series of which we can all be proud.' Katie Cotton, Templar Publishing