Creative Writing Games

My son Toby is just launching London’s first board games cafe in Haggerston this autumn, called Draughts. It’s going to be a unique venue where you can meet and play games with your friends and eat high quality food and drink. Check out their website at

I’m planning a couple of creative writing workshops there later this year to celebrate the launch of my latest book on writing, Creative Writing Exercises for Dummies. We’ll be playing some writing games, inspired by this quote from Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children: ‘All games have morals; and the games of Snakes and Ladders captures, as no other activity can hope to do, the eternal truth that for every ladder you climb, a snake is waiting just around the corner; and for every snake, a ladder will compensate.’ How true of plotting fiction! We’ll be using games to help you plot your story, flesh out your characters, and explore different settings and scenarios.

Let me know if you want to go on the mailing list for information on the workshops – places will be limited!

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