Writing Group

After having completed the writings for the project Presenting the Past, the group reconvened in the New Year, 2022, with a new set of aims and explorations. We interpret the idea of ‘creativity’ very broadly and welcome contributions in any form – such as non-fiction and memoire – as well as narrative prose and poetry.

The group is open to anyone interested in developing their writing skills in any genres, and whatever their previous experience or ability. 

If you are interested in joining the group, or would like any more information, please email us on uwalsociety@gmail.com or telephone 01756 770051/770350.

The next meeting of the Writing Group will be Monday 23rd October 1.30pm 2023 at Threshfield Institute.  This is open to all so if you have thought you might have a go at writing something or have already a project underway, do come along, you will be made very welcome. £3.

Writers Group Meeting

The next meeting will be on Monday 27th February 2023 at Threshfield Institute at 1.30pm.


Writing Workshop

with Ian Clayton - Author and Broadcaster

Wednesday 17th August|10am - 4pm| Threshfield Institute 

No experience needed just an opportunity to be grabbed!

Ian aims for participants to produce new writing on the day. He will facilitate this by a series of writing exercises that are designed as food for thought. The day will be informative, entertaining and good fun. Ian welcomes fiction and non-fiction responses - as he will explore on the day, he does not differentiate. It will also be a chance to pick Ian's brains about the writing process.

Ian Clayton was born in Featherstone, Yorkshire and is an English writer and broadcaster. In a freelance career spanning 20 years he has edited and authored more than fifty books and broadcast on TV and radio. Some years ago now, Ian entertained us speaking about his life and we were requested to invite him back to share his writing expertise.

In recent years he has been visiting scholar in creative writing at Changchun University in China. He believes that good stories start anywhere and at any time and that the best stories have a strong sense of place, that they live and breathe in the community, just like their tellers and writers. Ian's writing workshops thrive on turning the spoken word into a piece of written work. The workshop welcomes experienced writers and new writers alike.

Tickets UWALS members £20, non-members £25, including lunch and refreshments. For reservations email uwalsociety@gmail.com ​​​​​
​​or phone 01756 770051 / 770350



A collection of poetry, prose and short stories was produced by the creative writing group as part of the Presenting the Past Heritage Lottery funded project.

The Funk Wire  

Please note the additional session on June 6th at Grassington.

More details about our last session of the year and the Summer singalong can be seen on the Funk Wire pages.

2024 Subsidised Workshops 


Details of workshops in felting, tapestry and lino-printing are to be found on the What's On pages.

Presenting the Past

If you missed the exhibition weekends don't worry, you can enjoy much of it here:

The Photo Archive

The Film of the Project

The Interviews