CSM masterclasses return

Hothouse-flier-spring-2014_webOr learn how to pimp your prose.

Legendary author and journalist Charles Shaar Murray’s excellent Hothouse Project writing classes return to north London in February for eight weeks.

A collection of CSM’s hugely entertaining columns for Guitarist magazine  was published in a Kindle edition by Aaaargh! Press last years as The Guitar Geek Dossier and our next book is a new e-book edition of his journalism from the 1970s and 1980s, Shots From the Hip. We are delighted to present, in association with , the third of his series of writing masterclasses.

He’s recognised as a fabulous stylist who helped bring the liveliness of the counter-culture into the mainstream in the early 1970s when he was one of the star writers on the NME in its glory days.

He’s also an engaging raconteur so expect to hear his stories about meeting some of the great men and women of the culture including Paul McCartney, The Who, Pink Floyd, John Lee Hooker, Marc Bolan, Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, J G Ballard, Black Sabbath, Kurt Vonnegut and David Bowie.

The course takes place in West Hampstead on Thursday evenings from Thursday 20 February. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from ‘the rock writers’ rock writer’ in person – and there are still a few places left.

For details and booking  visit this page  or email hothouse@charlesshaarmurray.com.


‘Charles’s course is personal, packed with anecdote, caters to the individual and is so helpful for anyone brushing up their journalistic skills or branching out into different types of writing. Five shiny gold stars from me – I’d do the course again just for fun to be honest!’
Juliet Rossetti

‘I thought your course was ‘write on’! You polished and perfected everyone’s writing style. I felt privileged to have been coached by you. You imparted a lot of knowledge. The course was well structured and more importantly, good fun. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.’
Tessa Christian

‘For anyone interested in the processes of writing and assessing creative journalism, Charles Shaar Murray’s Hothouse Project courses are essential!’
David Hodson

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Charles Shaar Murray’s Guitar Geek Dossier continues to do well, reaching No 1 today in the Kindle Pop Culture ranking.

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Welcome to Aaaargh! Press, the small publisher where words come out to play. We bring you rhyme, reason and a few laughs plus the best writing from the cultural front-line.

Run by professional writers and editors, Aaaargh! Press works to the highest standards to make your reading experience a pleasure whether in digital or print media.

We’re kicking off with two brand new eBooks on Kindle and electronic readers, and a paperback.

Poet, performer and broadcaster Anna Chen had her first poems published when she was 14, in an anthology from Jonathan Cape. Her first poetry collection, the “brilliant and dangerous” Reaching for my Gnu, is fresh out as both an international eBook and a gorgeous glossy paperback with additional photos.

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Reaching for my Gnu and The Guitar Geek Dossier eBooks are on sale through Amazon for the knock-down introductory price of only £1.99 each.

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