writing intensive

Online Workshops | New Writing Series starting Nov 2020 | Join these small group practice-led | applied discussion | learn new writing approaches |  individual support & group engagement | max. 22 people per session | Duration: 3 hours per workshop |


I will be hosting a very special series of three-hour-long workshops to motivate and provide a new type of support to your creative writing.

Each workshop takes the form of a masterclass committed to a specific approach to writing and is part of my new Writing Series.  They provide a fast-track delivery and door opener on specific topics and aim to kickstart or deepen new developments within your ongoing practice. Each closes with a “Slow Talk”: an informally structured group conversation to guide us out, it is leisurely and reflective.

The workshops are intended for writers of all kinds, including text-led artists, performers, translators, professional writers and practitioners who wish to explore different avenues, take new risks, or deepen their understanding of a specialist discipline within their creative writing. They are also open to advanced graduate or mature students, as well as research students of relevant fields.

Given the current situation we find ourselves in, these writing intensives will foster a safe, welcoming and creative environment in which to explore personal thoughts about how the pandemic and global crisis are affecting feelings about your identity, your cultural belonging and sense of engagement, and how all this might also be changing your practice.


  • 18 spaces:  £ 92 per person (please note, this includes all eventbrite fees, no hidden costs)
  • 2 bursaries will be allocated to low-income writers for free. Please email me your interest for either of the workshops by filling in this brief application form. First come first serve. (PLEASE NOTE: Bursaries are all now taken for the December 2020 workshops, please keep an eye out for more information on new workshops soon.)

Dates and topics:

In the late 2020 period, the two workshops I’m running are as follows:

What to expect: 

Three-hour intensives led by Caroline Bergvall with a maximum of 22 participants in any session. Each session will be held via Zoom and, depending on the session, across other interfaces. There will be tech support available prior to and during the session. Materials to be shared will be uploaded beforehand.

In these sessions you will:

  1. Learn new writing approaches
  2. Be able to ask questions on specific topics
  3. Learn tips, tricks and gain a deeper understanding of the topic within the session
  4. Work on pieces together: think collaboratively
  5. Bring a short excerpt for discussion (if you like)
  6. Be exposed to various processes and explore your sense of engagement
  7. Share your own ideas, and network with peers
  8. ‘Slow Talk’: the workshop closes with an informally structured group conversation to guide us out, it is leisurely and reflective.

Breaks & networking: There will be two 15 minutes break where the zoom room will be kept open for casual room chatting and give you a chance to get to know each other. We will also make a post-chat available after the workshop finishes for those attendees who want to hang out.

The workshops are informal, discussion-led, practical and fun. Please note, they do not provide any technical or software-related skills.


Photo credit: Christa Holka

My Experience

I have over 20 years of experience teaching writing and art practices in universities and art colleges across the world. I have held appointments at Kings College London, Dartington College of Arts, Bard College Summer Program, Temple University Philadelphia, School of Art and Design Geneva. In many of my roles, I have been responsible for curriculum development, research supervision and have structured as well as taught writing and interdisciplinary courses. As a Fellow for institutions such as Cambridge University, Whitechapel Gallery London or the Gray Center for the Arts  Chicago, I have been invited to create writing-led public events.

As well as undertaking teaching and lecturing roles, I often work with external organisations to host in-person and online workshops with artists and writers looking to hone and develop their craft.

Recently, I have also taken the decision to offer 1-2-1 mentoringwhere I will be offering hour-long sessions to writers and artists of all levels who would like more personal discussion and support. If you think this might be more like what you are looking for, please head to my mentoring page. 

Jonathan Jones: The Guardian

4 June 2018

At first it seems Bergvall is not so much a performance artist as an academic who has brought together a panel of experts to discuss the medieval Persian poem The Conference of the Birds, composed by Attar of Nishapur in the 12th century. It turns out that poems, like birds, move freely around our planet.