“It’s no secret that the best place to write, in my opinion, is in a café. You don’t have to make your own coffee, you don’t have to feel like you’re in solitary confinement and if you have writer’s block, you can get up and walk to the next café while giving your batteries time to recharge and brain time to think.” – J.K Rowling

There’s something inherently romantic about writing in a café; Hemingway wrote his memoir, A moveable Feast, in La Closerie des Lilas, a café near his Paris home, turning the people he saw into characters. Sartre wrote Being and Nothingness in the Café de Flore, and zillions of other writers have taken their notebooks and pencils into cafés and away from the distractions of their homes to create stories; poems; memoirs; textbooks; essays; news-stories; plays; movie-scripts…

It was this notion, that home can be too distracting, but a café’s activities can somehow create the perfect bubble to write in, that made me try writing in cafés myself, and decide to run writing workshops in them. Reader it worked! My students consistently tell me the café is now their favourite, most productive place to write.

We use the café environment, the people, the smells, the sounds, as prompts for all types of writing. I love teaching these workshops.

I’m currently working on the next lot of sessions and will settle on dates for the autumn workshops in the coming weeks. Drop me a line if you’re interested

Poster for Café Stories: creative writing workshops held in cafés in Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland