Workshops 2020


Sadly, due to COVID-19, these workshops have all been cancelled. We're  doing our best to try and reschedule some of them and we'll be back with more information soon.

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Rebecca Wait
The Components of Good Fiction
Monday 11th May
White Swan Hotel
10am-2pm | £35 inc tea/coffee
How do you produce a novel that is both enjoyable and rewarding for your readers? This workshop is suitable for writers with a project already on the go, and for those just starting out or looking for a new creative challenge. We’ll look at character, plot, inspiration, structure, shape and pace, editing, and themes. There will be the opportunity to get your burning questions answered, to learn from your fellow writers, and to workshop your own writing. Rebecca Wait is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, the most recent of which is Our Fathers. She is currently a guest tutor on the Six-Month Novel Writing Course for Curtis Brown Creative.

Ophelia Field

Biography and Memoir
Tuesday 12th May
Knight Frank Festival Hub
11am-1pm | £30
Whether you are planning to write your own life story or that of another person, living or historical, there is an ocean of difference between relaying facts and bringing a story to life. Whether you only have the germ of an idea or are some way along your writing journey, then this is the workshop for you. Ophelia is the author of an acclaimed group biography, The Kit-Cat Club, and also of The Favourite, the real life story of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, that lies behind the film starring Olivia Coleman. She has written for many major publications and teaches MA Biography at the University of Buckingham.

Ursula Jeakins
Memory Album Workshop
Wednesday 13th May
Knight Frank Festival Hub
10am-3pm | £35 inc materials
A wonderful opportunity to make your own memory album complete with fold-out pages, pockets and windows, finished with a case binding. The results will be suitable for postcards, photos and other small holiday memorabilia, with plenty of scope to express creativity and make them personal to you. Ursula Jeakins is back with us to share some of the tips and techniques she has developed, based on her experience making these albums professionally.

Razwan Ul-Haq
Arabic Calligraphy Workshop
Thursday 14th May
Knight Frank Festival Hub
2pm-5pm | £30 inc materials
A wonderful opportunity to learn a new skill: traditional Arabic calligraphy techniques, using bamboo and handmixed ink. Razwan Ul-Haq is an artist and author, blending English poetry and Arabic calligraphy. He is a widely exhibited artist whose work has been displayed in galleries and museums. His commissions include Land Art for the inaugural Tour de France of Britain and to celebrate the birthday of the Queen.

Oxford Imps
Comedy Improvisation Workshop 
Thursday 14th May
Shakespeare Centre
6pm-7pm | £15 (Students: £12)
Improvised comedy is surprisingly easy to pick up, and even more fun than you imagine. Join the Oxford Imps as they introduce the basics of improvisation in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Open to all ages and abilities, this workshop is a chance to have a great laugh, and maybe even discover an unexpected skill or two. ‘Devastatingly funny, lighthearted and thoroughly enjoyable, I didn’t want it to end.’ Edinburgh Fringe Review

Julia Wheeler
Storytelling Workshop
Friday 15th May
White Swan Hotel
11am-1pm | £20
Try your hand at oral storytelling in a small, supportive group. Discover why we’re hard-wired to use stories to connect with each another. Uncover autobiographical stories that you didn’t know you had and learn techniques to bring them to life for your audience. In this two-hour workshop, the former BBC foreign correspondent, journalist and writer will encourage participants to explore and tell personal stories – for family, friends or perhaps as part of a journey towards memoir. Discover how to mine your life for ideas and inspiration. No experience necessary – bring an open heart and a willingness to share stories.

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