Golden Hare Masterclass with Lara Williams

5 Jul 2019 - 2.00PM

14:00 - 16:00 

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Smith & Gertrude

26 Hamilton Place






An exclusive masterclass with acclaimed writer Lara Williams in the beautiful wine cellar at Smith & Gertrude in Stockbridge! This workshop is in partnership with Golden Hare Books, so it's a real indie love-in!

  • What are the advantages and possibilities of writing in the second person?
  • What are the challenges?
  • How can we learn from good examples of the form and apply it to our own work?


Whether you're already writing in the second person, interested in trying it or downright intimidated by the form, this workshop is for you. The masterclass will include studying the effectiveness of various pieces of fiction written in the second person, and the sensory / emotional / ethical implications of this. It will look at short fiction by Lorrie Moore, Margaret Atwood and others.


Taking place in the private wine cellar room at the beautiful Smith & Gertrude wine bar, just a short distance from the bookshop. Tea and coffee will be served free of charge and the workshop will last 2 hours with a short break in the middle. Please arrive sharp to begin at 2.00pm. We regret that because the workshop space is down a flight of stairs this course is not wheelchair accessible.

Why not stay for the launch of Lara's debut novel Supper Club at Golden Hare Books in the evening? Attendees of this workshop will get free tickets. Books will also be for sale at the workshop.


What to expect

A special opportunity to learn from one of the UK's most exciting new writers, whose work has been shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, Edinburgh First Book Award and the Saboteur Awards among others. Lara Williams is based in Manchester and is coming especially to run this special workshop, which will cover the usefulness and advantages/disadvantages of writing in the second person. This is a fantastic chance to learn and expand your writing skills and learn from a writer at the height of her game.

Could all partipants read these two stories ahead of the workshop (both free to read online)

Spaces for this workshop are very limited so please book quickly! Tea/coffee will be served free of charge and you will also have the option to buy from the bar (we seriously suggest sticking around Smith & Gertrude for a wine and some cheese afterwards...)


Our workshop facilitator

Lara Williams is the author of one short story collection, Treats, which was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Edinburgh First Book Award and the Saboteur Awards and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her first novel Supper Club will be published by Hamish Hamilton in July. She has contributed to the Guardian, Independent, Times Literary Supplement, Vice, Dazed and others. Lara Williams lives in Manchester.

She has also had essays, feature, culture and opinion pieces published by The Guardian, The Independent, i Paper, the New Scientist, the Times Literary Supplement, The Debrief, The New European, Vice, Grazia, SomeSuch Stories, and many more. She has appeared / performed work at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Aye Write, the Anthony Burgess Centre, Radio 3’s the Verb, the Whitworth Art Gallery and many more. She is a graduate of the Manchester Writing School.


Masterclasses at GHB

Golden Hare Books is proud to host a new series of masterclasses exploring different facets of the book industry, as well as workshops relating to the arts and crafts more generally. We are an independent bookshop with a keen interest in knowledge exchange and helping writers, artists and publishers learn, improve and achieve in the book industry. We aim to put on events that are affordable and allow us to cover our staff costs as well as paying our masterclass hosts a fair portion of the ticket fees. 

If you are interested in hosting or partaking in a masterclass, please send a short pitch to with details about what you do and the workshop you'd like to run.