Workshops

Workshops for 2018

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Paper cutting

Christine Green
Sunday 22 April and Monday 23 April
Stratford ArtsHouse
3-5pm (Sunday) and 10am-12pm (Monday) | £30
Inc materials
A terrific opportunity to learn a new skill with an experienced teacher. Forget complicated instructions and expensive materials as the craft expert, Christine Green, teaches you how to produce contemporary personalised cards, invitations and decorations to treasure in this popular and attractive style, and guides you through the techniques it takes to create something special and unique. All materials included. Places strictly limited.

Writer’s Bootcamp
Writing Dialogue
Monday 23 April
2-4pm | £30
In response to a hugely successful series of workshops last year, we are repeating the opportunity for writers to refine their work ready to pitch it to Susanna Wadeson, A publishing
director at Transworld Publishing, on Saturday 28th. The best-selling author and creative writing tutor, Meg Sanders, will guide you through writing dialogue to build and round characters
and create pace and drive your story. Suitable for writers at all stages of the writing process.

Hand Lettering
Athena Cauley-Yu
Tuesday 24 April
Stratford ArtsHouse
10am-12:30pm and 2-4:30pm | £48
Inc materials
This accessible creative workshop with the creator of Bath’s Meticulous Ink Stationers will introduce you to the wonderful world of hand lettering, teaching you how to use a dip pen with
a flexible nib, make basic strokes, and form letters in a distinctive copperplate style. By the end of the workshop,
you’ll have the skills to begin writing confidently in beautiful script lettering in your own enviable style. Price includes a hand lettering guide sheet, Letterpress practice sheets, a flexible copperplate nib, holder and a pot of black Meticulous Ink.

Writer’s Bootcamp
Pitching Your Manuscript
Wednesday 25 April
Stratford ArtsHouse
10am-12pm | £30
Too many manuscripts submitted to potential publishers and agents fall at the first hurdle because of poor presentation. In response to a hugely successful series of workshops last year, we are repeating the opportunity for writers to refine their work ready to pitch it to Susanna Wadeson, A publishing director at Transworld Publishing, on Saturday 28th. The best-selling author and creative writing tutor, Meg Sanders, will guide you through refining your manuscript and approach letter so it is ready to send to a publisher or agent, giving it the best chance of being noticed.

How to Draw Anything
Scriberia
Wednesday 25 April
Stratford ArtsHouse
5pm | £12
You might have read a book or written an email or shopping list, but when was the last time you drew anything? Sign up to a session with Dan Porter and Chris Wilson, creative directors of Scriberia -the London agency that specialises in visual communication - and authors of How To Draw Anything. They’ll show you just how easy it is to master the art of drawing, transforming you from nervous novice to confident artist in no time! Fun-packed and stress-free, this is a fantastic opportunity to discover a heap of helpful tips, and get to grips with Scriberia’s unique perspective on the power of pictures to change the world.

Poetry Writing
Don Paterson
Thursday 26 April
Stratford ArtsHouse
10am-3pm | £90
Inc refreshments
A unique opportunity to craft or perfect your poetry with Don Paterson, one the most accomplished poets writing in English today and one of the most acclaimed and admired poets of his generation. He is the author of Nil Nil, winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; God’s Gift to Women, winner of both the TS Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; and Landing Light, which won both the TS Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Prize. Rain won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in the same year that he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Writing to Communicate
Sam Leith
Thursday 26 April
Stratford ArtsHouse
5-6pm | £10
Writing can make people anxious, and with good reason. The first sentence of a job application letter can consign it to the bin. A speech intended to rouse can put a room to sleep. A mistimed tweet can cost you your job. In this guide to persuasive writing, the journalist and editor of the Spectator shows you how to express yourself fully across any medium, and how
to maximise your chances of getting your way in every situation. From work reports to Valentine cards, and from emails of condolence to tweets of complaint, Leith lays bare the secrets to successful communication, eloquence

Effective Storytelling in Fiction
Katherine Clements
Friday 27 April
Stratford ArtsHouse
10am-3pm | £90
Inc refreshments
The skill of planning and structuring a story well is one that can be learned. The critically acclaimed novelist will help you build a story arc and help you guide your plot as you build in pace, tension and suspense – whatever the genre of your novel and whatever stage you are at in the writing. Katherine is an admired writer, self-confessed costume drama addict and current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Manchester. She is editor of Historia, the online magazine of the Historical Writers’ Association. Lunch not included.

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Bookmaking

Lina Avramidou
Friday 27 April
Stratford ArtsHouse
2-4:30pm | £35
Inc materials
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to make a single section hand-bound book with hard cover, and find out about basic bookbinding techniques, including folding, making endpapers, sewing, covering and casing in. Under excellent tuition from WeMakeBooks, you’ll go through all the different tools and materials you will be using as well as the importance
of grain direction. You will leave with your own finished book and a handout with instructions to enable you to work on your own projects at home. All materials will be provided and no
previous bookmaking experience is necessary.

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