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Summer of Writing: Saturday workshops

 

Previous Summer of Writing workshops

University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside The Perch boat University Parks pond table Michaelmas daisies Writing on a drizzly day Perch meadow gate Swan on the Thames University Park daisies University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside The Perch boat University Parks pond table Michaelmas daisies Writing on a drizzly day Perch meadow gate Swan on the Thames University Park daisies University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside The Perch boat University Parks pond table Michaelmas daisies Writing on a drizzly day Perch meadow gate Swan on the Thames University Park daisies University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside The Perch boat University Parks pond table Michaelmas daisies Writing on a drizzly day Perch meadow gate Swan on the Thames University Park daisies University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside The Perch boat University Parks pond table Michaelmas daisies Writing on a drizzly day Perch meadow gate Swan on the Thames University Park daisies University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside The Perch boat University Parks pond table Michaelmas daisies Writing on a drizzly day Perch meadow gate Swan on the Thames University Park daisies University Parks avenue Hollyhocks at Freud Coffee and writing in pub gardens Swan on the Cherwell University Parks pond Shadow of a fountain pen Perch bench Poetry at the Perch Salad packed lunch with a little jar of dressing Sunlit sheltered pub garden Writing equipment by the riverside The Perch boat University Parks pond table Michaelmas daisies Writing on a drizzly day Perch meadow gate Swan on the Thames University Park daisies

These are workshops that have previously run – they will run again if they get voted in. This is how we choose the workshops:

  • Sept to Feb: Make your wishes. Add ideas for new workshops you'd like me to create to the wish list. At the end of Feb, I'll collect your requests together with my own ideas and previous workshops, to make a long-list.
  • March to April: Vote for workshops. From the long list of workshops, vote for which ones you'd like me to run. Around the end of April, I choose the 5 workshops with the most votes.
  • May to July: Book your workshops. The final 5 workshops are up for you to book your selection. People who added to the wishlist or voted get first dibs on places, as they book up fast!
  • August: the Summer of Writing begins!

Previous workshops

The writing process

The Creative Well

Playful challenging activities based on top research to create new ideas and explore the creative process

Beyond first draft

Once your first draft is done, what do you do? Practical tips on how to redraft, refine, and edit your story or novel

Publication

How to present your writing for publication: find where to send it, sort your layout, write synopses and cover letters, and get published

 

 

Aspects of craft

Characters unlike you

Explore a range of ways to write characters unlike yourself and vary a story's cast, while you develop new characters to take home with you

Dialogue

Everything from developing your characters’ voices and natural speech to layout and seamless attribution

Expand your repertoire

Writing with fresh angles, new voices, unusual points of view, experimental structures and different styles

Hone your style

Explore what makes quality prose, from Angela Carter’s richness to Margaret Atwood’s restraint, and hone your own style

Orientating the reader

Move your characters and the reader easily in time & place, and deal deftly with exposition and back story

Page-turners

How to keep the reader reading – whether you’re writing literary fiction or a pot-boiler thriller

A Sense of Place

How to choose powerful locations, create action from the setting, write description with strong narrative purpose, and enhance your descriptive writing.

Writing in scenes

Explore how to balance the different ingredients of a scene and ways of approaching the “big scenes” in your story

 

 

Genres and forms

The Art of the Short Story

Explore strategies and technques for creating powerful short stories of any genre, and extreme economy in storytelling

Magical realism

Explore magical realism’s features, whip up reams of ideas, and start writing your own magical realist pieces

Unravelling Secrets

How to balance suspense, secrets, and clues in thrillers, mysteries, and crime/detective fiction, and practical principles for structuring a story based on secrets

 

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When?

Summer Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

Where?

Upper Wolvercote (North Oxford). There's free parking, a great bus route (#6), and beautiful canal-side walking routes.

Fees

The workshops start at £60 each; the more you book, the less you pay per workshop.

1 workshop £70 each
2 workshops £65 each
3+ workshops £60 each

Contact me

Email me with any questions.

 


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