Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Festival of Writing, York, September 2016

Bookings for the 7th Annual Festival of Writing is open in Mid-April, full details below:

Festival of Writing News. And grab a place at one of our London evening events for the bargain price of £45! Expert tutors. Special industry guests (to be announced).
April 29th: The Transformational Arc.
Using one simple writing tool to add meaning and urgency to character, plot and theme. In this talk C.M.Taylor will be using a tested, jargon-free writing process to show you how to identify your theme, then to use that theme to get your plot and your character development working together to give emotionally powerful meaning to your story.

May 27th: Showing and Telling and Storytelling.
Show, don’t tell – or so we’re told. But once upon a time we told stories, didn’t we? And in practice, any successful piece of storytelling needs to balance both showing and telling. In this workshop we’ll look at examples of both narrative modes, and find ways to blend them into our own writing.

June 24th: Point-of-view: The Writer’s Invaluable Friend.
Point-of-view may be one of the less frequently discussed elements of the novelist and short story writer's process, but there’s no doubt that it’s also one of the most significant. It might even be the most significant, given that it tends to be the component of the prose that binds all the other elements (e.g. plot, voice, character development) together into a psychologically consistent whole. Relevant to writers in all genres and to beginners and more experienced writers alike.

July 29th: Self-Editing Your Novel.
Encapsulating their acclaimed online Self-Edit Your Novel course, Debi Alper and Emma Darwin will discuss how you can make your plot more compelling, your characters more vivid and their voices more engaging, so that every word counts.


We are delighted to announce that bookings for our 7th Annual Festival of Writing will open in Mid-April, with the event itself taking place from the 9th to the 11th of September.

For those of you who have either not heard of our annual event or have yet to attend, let us explain why it’s our favourite weekend of the year...

For three days in September we lay claim to York University campus and fill it with aspiring writers, best-selling authors, book doctors, top agents and publishing legends. It’s a very special gathering filled with serious, professional advice as to how to start writing, how to improve the manuscript(s) you have, and how to get yourself published  - it's also bursting with warmth and fun. We’ve yet to run one which hasn’t resulted in at least several delegates landing themselves with agents and publishing deals, everyone else has gone away happy and energised.

To get a feel for the weekend, see our video here.

Same as last year, we've decided to launch festivities early with a series of Festival of Writing 'taster' sessions in London, to allow new people to experience some of what we offer at the main event, and to provide an opportunity to catch up with familiar faces.

These sessions will take place at Waterstones Piccadilly from April 29th, with one a month thereafter until July 29th. Tickets are on sale at £45 (cost includes a glass of wine on arrival)

Spaces will be limited so you'll need to book early to avoid disappointment. Grab a place today and let the fun commence!

** If you fancy signing up for more than one class, do get in touch with the office to discuss bundle bookings.**
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