What do aspiring writers do when they’re not writing? They attend workshops and seminars that’s what. To test out this theory I attended a writing workshop run by Alex Wheatle, the author of Dirty South. When I arrived, I was kindly whisked up the grand stairs of the Battersea Arts Centre and into a small crowded classroom. Points focusing on character creation – making the characters real and distinctive, and developing a feasible plot, were discussed in detail. Interestingly in a class of around 20 people, there were only two with work in progress, so maybe a few aspiring writers still need to believe that they can do it. The workshop mainly targeted those that were unsure of what to do and in need of a starting point, but I still found it very informative.