Write & Shine workshops, online courses and early morning writing retreats are open to everyone, whether you're new to writing, have some experience or simply want more creativity into your working day. Allowing time for imaginative thinking fosters innovation, increases productivity and encourages self-awareness. That's great news for both your professional and personal life!

What to expect

We offer a range of early morning writing activities, including workshops and online courses.

The workshops last 90 minutes and take place in central London. Writer Gemma Seltzer facilitates, setting at least three writing exercises and encouraging you to create new poems, stories or autobiographical pieces. Each session has a theme, such as coffee-drinking, colour, sculpture or typewriters. We use the stuff of life to inspire new writing: old London maps; published texts; photographs; Lego figures; dice or the morning Metro. The focus is on generating new writing, so you won’t be expected to share your work. There’ll be plenty of quiet writing time, plus a light breakfast provided.

The online courses last four weeks. Expect a total of four dispatches. Courses are self-guided and contain unique writing tasks delivered directly to your email inbox once a week at 6am, ready for you to complete that morning. From 1 June, your course will begin the morning after purchase. We offer three themes, including our most recent course: ‘Colour.’ You can buy each course individually, or choose the full set of three to commit to a morning writing habit and experience our full 12-week programme! Our new course, on silence & sound, will launch on 10 July.

The morning writing retreats offer a peaceful and friendly environment for you to bring your work-in-progress or test ideas. Rather than a facilitated workshop, these open sessions provide a morning writing retreat in the supportive company of other writers. A light breakfast of hot drinks, fruit and pastries will be available, too.


Your tutor

The Write & Shine programme is led by early riser Gemma Seltzer, a London-based writer working online, live and in print.

Gemma has performed at festivals including Latitude and the Venice Biennale, written for Radio 3, and had her blog-to-book Speak to Strangers published in 2011. She collaborated with a photographer to create the digital literature project 5am London, capturing the city during the early hours of the day.

Gemma has many years experience supporting writers as an arts professional, workshop tutor and, more recently, as a coach. Find out more at: www.gemmaseltzer.co.uk



We’ve offered further information about the Write & Shine programme on our Frequently Asked Questions page, including details about our new membership scheme and working with us, but we’d love to hear from you too! Please get in touch using the contact form.