Workshops

See also our Writers' Day on 4th May 2019


Workshops for 2019


  LIFE WRITING AND MEMOIR
Emma Darwin
Stratford Play House
10.00am-3.00pm
£30
Monday 29 April
Whether or not you’re writing about your own life or someone from history, you’ll need the tools to make your story accurate and compelling. Emma will show you how to make your own or others’ real lives come alive for the reader, without writing fiction. In this practical workshop, she’ll explore how to find the facts you need, and craft them into a compelling narrative; you’ll leave with new ideas and inspiration for your memoir or life writing. Emma is a creative writing mentor and tutor and runs the hugely popular blog This Itch of Writing.
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  MODERN CALLIGRAPHY
Emma Barnes
Stratford Play House
9.30am-12.00pm OR 1.30pm-4.00pm
£40 inc materials
Tuesday 30 April
During this informal session from Emerald Paper, you’ll learn vital modern calligraphy basics, from how to use the calligraphy tools, to warm- up drills and alphabet practices before moving onto whole words. Emma will be on hand throughout to give individual guidance as well as giving demonstrations each step of the way. Each ticket includes a starter kit full of the goodies you need to start your modern calligraphy journey.
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  RESEARCHING YOUR NOVEL
Jill Dawson
Stratford Play House
10.00am-12.30pm
£40
Wednesday 1 May
Stuck on where to go next researching your novel? Have a great idea but don’t know where to begin? Join Jill Dawson in this session for keen writers, at any point on their writing journey, who want to know how to do the research without letting it show clumsily in the work. Jill is an award-winning poet and the best-selling author of nine novels. Her novel, The Tell-Tale Heart, described by Hilary Mantel as ‘an uncanny and atmospheric novel by a skilful storyteller’ was long-listed for the Folio Prize. She currently teaches creative writing for the Faber Academy and the Guardian/UEA Masterclasses as well as mentoring emerging writers.
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  MAKE A BOOK
Ursula Jeakins
Stratford Play House
10.00am-3.00pm
£60 inc materials and refreshments
Friday 3 May
This is a terrific opportunity to learn a new skill and make your own book with an experienced bookbinder. Under the expert guidance of Ursula Jeakins, creator of Starsmead Books, this session will introduce you to the rewarding craft of bookbinding and teach you how to complete a hard-back writing or drawing book (A5 or A6 size) sewn and bound using the traditional method of rounding and backing. Produce your own attractive and personalised book to write, draw or journal in. All materials are included. Places strictly limited.
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  THE LOST ART OF LETTER WRITING
Alexis Burnett
White Swan Hotel
2.00pm-4.00pm
£30
Friday 3 May
Fall in love with letters again. In an age of email and instant messaging, letter writing is almost a lost art, reserved for sentimental notes to loved ones or long-standing pen pals. The Letters Page, a letters-based literary journal edited by the University of Nottingham’s Jon McGregor, takes submissions entirely through the post; whatever fits into an envelope is considered for publication. Members of the editorial team will host this interactive writing workshop to hone your letter writing skills and get you back in the habit!
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  SELF-PUBLISHING - A USEFUL MAP
Bob Fowke
Stratford Play House
4.00pm-5.00pm
£10 (£8 students)
Friday 3 May
Your chance to learn about self-publishing and to ask questions of the expert. Bob is managing editor of YouCaxton Publications, a publishing and book-design company which, for the last five years has assisted with the self-publication of around 200 titles, providing editorial, design, production and distribution services and advising on marketing. An established author himself, with around 70 titles to his name, Bob will guide you through the self-publishing process to make it work for you.
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  WRITING COMEDY
Dr Maggie irving
Hotel du Vin
9.30am-12.30pm
£35
Saturday 4 May
Calling all aspiring comedians and comedy writers. It’s a serious business being funny, and writing comedy to sound off-the-cuff can take hours of work. Join Maggie Irving to share observations, craft material and even develop performance in a fun and supportive environment. Maggie discovered her anarchic ‘inner clown’ at Plymouth University. Realising that too few women appeared in the clown canon, she researched the female clown for her PhD, and now teaches comedy skills as a modus operandi for breaking down barriers in all aspects of life and work. Numbers limited.
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  MAKE BEAUTIFUL STATIONERY
Ursula Jeakins
Stratford Play House
10.00am-12.30pm
£35
inc materials
Saturday 4 May
Forget buying expensive notebooks, this introductory making session will equip you with skills you can use again at home to produce your own beautifully crafted notebooks. Under the expert guidance of Ursula Jeakins, bookbinder and creator of Starsmead Books, you will learn how to make a sewn single-section journal binding which you can repeat at home using simple tools. All materials are included. Places strictly limited.
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