Birmingham date added as writing course with Sunday Times bestselling author Mike Gayle sells out

January 12, 2023

People interested in becoming writers or those who are on the right path but need some inspiration, are invited to attend a specialist one day workshop in Birmingham.

Taking place on Saturday 11 February at The Birmingham and Midland Institute, the course is being run by Sunday Times bestselling author Mike Gayle. Previously a journalist and agony uncle his 17 novels, which include My Legendary Girlfriend, Mr Commitment and his latest Half A World Away, have all been translated into over thirty languages. Mike has also been a judge for several showcase book publishing events including the Betty Trask Prize and Awards, the Costa Book Awards and the WH Smith Literary Award.

His one-day course for adults will look at:

  • How to generate and develop ideas like a professional writer
  • Creating ‘log lines’ (a story in a sentence)
  • Understanding story structure and
  • How to avoid the common pitfalls.

Event organiser Beth McGowan said: “Due to unprecedented demand following the January session in Shrewsbury selling out within 24 hours of being announced, I’m thrilled Mike has agreed to a second workshop. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn from someone who has so much experience, technical know-how and creative flair. Any aspiring writers should book early to avoid disappointment and bring their favourite writing implements, whether that’s a paper and pen or a laptop!”

Tickets are £60 for the Mike Gayle writing workshop from 11am to 3pm at The Birmingham and Midland Institute on Saturday 11 February, and available to purchase online here: Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch. For more information email:

Picture: Mike Gayle.