COLLAGE offers creative, hands-on workshops for adults. Please contact us for schedule information.

ONLINE (eight, 2-hour sessions)
Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
September 29th – November 17th, 2020, 180€
*10% discount for returning students and students who sign up with a friend!!
Instructor: C. Adán Cabrera

Students enrolled in this online eight-week introduction to creative writing will briefly review the craft of writing in the three major genres (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) as well as study mixed-genre work. The major emphasis will be on student writing, but students will also be encouraged to explore their own creative process and progress by way of select readings, writing exercises and in-depth discussions. Students will learn how to talk about writing, sharpen their craft, practice active reading, and produce and workshop at least two full-length pieces in whatever genre(s) they choose. Moreover, students will also have the opportunity to publicly present their work at a special COLLAGE online reading at the course’s conclusion. This two-hour online workshop is geared toward anyone who is exploring creative writing for the first time or for writers looking to get back in touch with their creative side. No previous writing experience is required.

ONLINE (eight, 2-hour sessions, 180€)
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
September 30th – November 18th, 2020
*10% discount for returning students and for students who sign up with a friend!
Instructor: C. Adán Cabrera

Students enrolled in this eight-week online course will learn (or review) the basics of a traditional creative writing workshop. This includes producing a piece of writing on a weekly basis which will be shared with the other workshop participants, who will then provide a thoughtful, written response with helpful feedback for the writer. In addition, participants will be assigned short readings to supplement their learning and be given short, tailored craft lessons (e.g. dialogue, plot, pacing, characterization, etc.) to improve their writing in preparation for publication. Moreover, students will also have the opportunity to publicly present their work at a special COLLAGE online reading at the course’s conclusion. This two-hour online workshop is designed for anyone who may have a limited literary background or writing experience or for more established writers seeking to get feedback on their work and join a vibrant writing community. For the most successful experience, previous writing experience is not required, but recommended.

ONLINE (four, 90-minute individual sessions)
Instructor: C. Adán Cabrera
Please contact us for pricing info

This online course is designed for fiction or nonfiction writers with a manuscript in progress. The writer will send the entire manuscript to the instructor before the course begins. The instructor will then thoroughly critique the manuscript, identify strengths as well as areas to consider for improvement and revision. This critique will be supplemented with craft exercises and readings specific to each student to work toward publication of the full-length work. Students will also have the opportunity to publicly present their work at a special COLLAGE online reading at the course’s conclusion. These 90-minute online manuscript consultations are designed for more established writers seeking to get feedback on their work and join a vibrant writing community. A working manuscript is required to enroll in this course. Please contact the instructor for more information.   


C. ADÁN CABRERA, MFA is an American writer, translator and editor based in Barcelona. Among other publication credits, Carlos’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in SwitchbackThe Acentos ReviewFrom Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino FictionBorderSenses, parentheses, 433 Magazine, Spanglish Voces, Carve Magazine and Kweli Journal. A 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow and 2nd place winner of the 2020 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Carlos holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA. You can visit him online at

Workshop instructors: Valerie Coulton & Ed Smallfield

A two-hour workshop in which you’ll explore a selection of exercises to generate new writing. All writers welcome, all forms and genres encouraged.
Upcoming dates: TBD

Most writing workshops focus on critiquing existing work. We’re excited about offering an on-going workshop that focuses on an earlier step in the process—generating new work. We’ll do a workshop once each month and in each workshop we’ll offer a variety of exercises to generate new writing. We don’t expect a commitment from participants—Collage will send an email each month confirming the date. Participants can use the workshop as kind of on-going practice if that works for them or simply come by once to generate some work. All writers welcome, all forms and all genres encouraged. Max. 6 participants.

VALERIE COULTON is the author of open book, The Cellar Dreamer, passing world pictures, and the lily book. Her work has appeared in Barcelona INK, Front Porch, kadar koli, New American Writing, Parthenon West Review, and e-poema, among other periodicals. Her chapbook small bed & field guide is forthcoming from above/ground press. She holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and has taught creative writing workshops since 2005.

EDWARD SMALLFIELD is the author of The Pleasures of C and equinox, and the co-author of several collaborative projects, One Hundred Views of Edo (with Doug MacPherson),locate (with Miriam Pirone), and lirio and anonymous (both with Valerie Coulton). His poems have appeared in alice blue, Barcelona INK, bird dog, Calibanonline,, New American Writing, Five Fingers Review, Páginas Rojas, Parthenon West Review, Spotlight, 26, Wicked Alice, and many other magazines and websites. He’s been teaching creative writing for over twenty years, at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and privately.

Workshops will run from 4:00 – 6:00pm, and the fee is 20€ per session. Reservation is required.

3-Part Series for Native-level Speakers
Wednesdays, 7:15-9:15pm
Workshop led by Joana Santos

Discover Your Inner Clown 
4 weeks

Everyone has an inner clown – a place inside them that is filled with curiosity, joy and innocence. In this introductory workshop we will use different games & activities to bring out our inner clowns and discover all the wonderful things they have to teach us.

Telling My Story
4 weeks

We will create very short performances of personal stories and go through a series of writing, editing and acting tools to learn how to put them on stage. Learning how to tell our own stories can be both an exciting creatively and incredibly empowering experience as we develop skills to speak, listen, and play with & from our own inner worlds.

Performance Project
8 weeks


JOANA SANTOS’ first play was at age 7 but only years later did she discover that besides being a fun hobby, theatre could be a powerful means of discovering new ways of relating to the world. 

She has studied theatre in India and in the United States at Bennington College as well as in Barcelona with Teatro de los Sentidos; she has explored acting, directing and choreographing. She also has experience with puppeteering  through her work with the Bread and Puppet Theatre and clowning as a stage and hospital clown. She has worked in several community and educational contexts and loves bringing out her students’ stories and imaginary worlds. She continues to deepen her studies in theatre and movement here in Barcelona while teaching English and theatre – both in English and Portuguese – to adults and kids.

Workshops are 80€ (4 weeks) or 160€ (8 weeks); 30% discount if you sign up for all three!


ART in ENGLISH Workshop for Adults
Monday, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Workshop taught by Vicki Robertson

Do you enjoy drawing, painting and making? Would you like to get creative and enjoy yourself while learning English in an intuitive way? In our Art in English Workshop for Adults we’ll be trying out illustration techniques, such as collage, watercolours, inks and printmaking. We’ll also be creating visual journals, trying out some different crafts and speaking English in a relaxed setting. Open to adult students who have pre-intermediate to advanced level of English.

VICKI ROBERTSON is an illustrator, maker and English language teacher from the North of England. She’s been living and teaching in Barcelona for 15 years and specialises in English through art and creativity.