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Check out four great pieces of flash fiction by Secondary School students!


What story might you write in response to a work of art? This is the question we asked a group of local Secondary School students before we took them on a tour of Open Studios N22 in November, at the Chocolate Factory. Here are a few of the stories written – congratulations girls!


Great line up of courses for 2017!

We are very excited to reveal our Spring/Summer 2017 workshop programme! It features a new course for performance poetry, led by the fantastic Paul Lyalls. Also, by popular demand, we have on offer an extension to our Ways Into Novel Writing Course – ‘Next Steps in Novel Writing’ begins in May. Lots of choice for other writers – poets, life writers and short story writers. Click here for the full line-up.

“I would like to say that I have really enjoyed this course which went so quickly. I have learned a lot from doing this course and it is already helping me to progress in my writing.  I would heartily recommend the course to others.” Dawn


Our Autumn workshop programme is announced!

Our workshops are going from strength to strength! We have a new tutor, novelist and short story writer Alba Arikha, taking a new course for us – Stories from Paintings. Giovanna Iozzi presents a new twist on the life writing tale – Turning Life into Fiction. And back by popular demand is our Introduction to Novel Writing course, from Sara Langham. More planned for 2017, with screen writing, poetry and next steps in novel writing, so watch this space! All details here.

Writing scrabble


We are proud to announce our new workshop programme for 2016, which now includes an introduction to screen writing, and a brand new course – Ways Into Novel Writing – as well as poetry, short fiction and life writing options. These 6 week courses, held at the wonderful Chocolate Factory N22, are welcoming, friendly and inspiring, and twice a year we have a celebration of work produced where students can read to an audience at Karamel.

“The course was fantastic; the structure and content were stimulating and challenging. We were all incredibly productive…” Alison

Course timetable is here.
Testimonials are here.


New Workshop Programme, New Tutor, New venue!

We’re excited to announce our Autumn programme of workshops! It’s all NEW NEW NEW! The courses are now 6 weeks, as opposed to our original 4 weeks, which has been requested by students! We have a fantastic new room in the wonderful, iconic Chocolate Factory 1 building! AND we have a new course, with a new tutor – Jo Tracy! Jo is a script editor and screen writer and will be teaching a 6 week Introduction to Screen Writing. So, go to our workshops page for all the information you need to sign up and get writing!

Lateisha Dobbs

Lateisha Dobbs



Before she began with Talent Match London, Lateisha Dobbs was struggling to find work, but not for lack of effort or enthusiasm. By her own admission a quiet and reserved person, the Talent Match team helped Lateisha to find a more extroverted side and even offered the opportunity to find her voice through a workshop on poetry, something she’d always been interested in and used to express herself.

When they suggested that talent match members created a piece of art to express how they felt about the programme, did you decide on poetry straight away? Did you already have an idea of how it would go?

I didn’t decide on poetry straight away as I’m not really used to writing poems for other people or writing poems that will be showcased, I usually just write for myself. At first I struggled with how to start the poem but after the first few sentences it became a lot easier as I was just writing about something that I really cared about and felt was true.

You talk about the family type bond and sense of companionship at talent match, is that really the feeling there? Could you tell us a bit more about that?

During my search for jobs I’ve received help from different agencies and organisations and I can honestly none of them have helped me like talent match. Talent match was the only organisation that sat me down and really got to know me and helped me figure out what path I wanted to take and how to overcome any Barriers stopping me from doing so. They are very easy to talk to, always willing to listen and wanting to help and they make you feel as if you are their equals which I feel as a young person is important. Everybody at talent match only wishes the best for each other and you can always sense the genuine respect and friendship amongst everyone.

Collage Arts is a not for profit charity which has been committed to fostering and developing creative communities, through art, for the past three decades. Whether that’s at the artist studios the organisation manages in North London’s renowned Chocolate Factory, or through partnerships with cultural development organisations all over the world, Collage Arts mission is to connect and facilitate artists and arts-based learning wherever, and however possible. With events and exhibitions always taking place, designed to include all members of society, as well as pioneering involvement in a number of training schemes for young artists and entrepreneurs; every new venture is a step closer to achieving that mission.

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New Workshop Programme Announced! Four great courses to choose from!

Four new writing courses and and great new venue – the converted warehouse room Factory 21, at Chocolate Factory 2, Coburg Road, N22!

At the request of previous students, we have extended our courses from three weeks to five weeks – so you now have 5 linked workshop sessions making up your course, more time to get your teeth into the subject and make real progress.

Thursdays from January, 10am to 12.30pm. Features, poetry, short stories and life-writing all on offer. Full programme is here. Sign up SOON by emailing

Screen writer and short fiction maestro Robert Shearman to judge Haringey Literature Live’s 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Competition!


We are thrilled to announce that Robert Shearman is to be our judge for our N22 Open Studios Flash Fiction Competition! He will judge all entries anonymously, in three categories: under 11s, 11 to 17s, and over 18s. Entrants need to write complete short stories in 200 words or under, inspired by a piece of art they see in this year’s N22 Open Studios, 14th,15th, 16th November (free entry). It’s free to enter the competition! The closing date for entries is 20th December. Winners will be published on our website on 31st January 2015.

Robert Shearman has written four short story collections, and between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers Prize and three British Fantasy Awards. His background is in the theatre, resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and regular writer for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough; his plays have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the Sophie Winter Memorial Trust Award, and the Guinness Award in association with the Royal National Theatre. He regularly writes plays and short stories for BBC Radio, and he has won two Sony Awards for his interactive radio series, ‘The Chain Gang’. But he’s probably best known for reintroducing the Daleks to the BAFTA winning first season of the revived Doctor Who, in an episode that was a finalist for the Hugo Award.