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This fun and informative creative writing workshop will take place a few days before Halloween, perfect for penning an original dark, spooky and/or strange masterpiece! In this workshop, we will look at a number of examples of DARK FAIRY TALES, both modern and classic, and talk about what makes them work. We will then work through various prompts and exercises intended to help you build your own twisted tale. This workshop is perfect for writers of all levels of experience, and it is ideal for those who wish to try their hand at writing dark, strange and suspenseful fiction. Come ready with a notebook, pen, computer, whatever you prefer to write with -- and a willingness to play and explore! All levels welcome, beginner to advanced. Perfect for anyone who is battling writers block or is finding it difficult to find the time and energy to be creative. Enter the online meeting room from 7pm for a 7:15ish start. The meetup will be conducted on Zoom. Any questions about Zoom, just ask! There are no refunds available for this event, but if something happens on the day please get in touch, we may be able to give you a place on a different workshop at a later date. See you then!!
For this open reading, I am having to book this a week earlier as I can no longer make the first weekend in Nov. This next open reading in partnership with the Barbican Library will be online. The previous online open reading events have gone really well and it will be great to see all those who attend this next open reading. --- Join us in a friendly atmosphere for a chance to read out your written work - from your short stories to part of your novel, or any fictional/non-fictional work you would like to share. Each reading will be followed by constructive feedback and thoughts from fellow attendees. For the attendees who wish to read their work, please just attend and volunteer at the time. We will try and accommodate as many readings as possible. This session is an excellent opportunity to gauge feedback on your work and learn where you can improve. Each reading will have a time limit of up to 10 minutes max in length. There will also be the option to share your writing on screen so people can read along to it. - If you wish, please also feel free to just come along to listen and provide constructive feedback. --------- Agenda: (10:30 am to 12:30 pm) 1. Session start: 10.30 am. 2. Short Introduction and summary of proceedings. 3. The first writer to give their reading. 5. Further readings. 6. Close and thanks. --------- This session is being held in partnership with the Barbican Library, who have kindly offered to hold this event with their zoom account and in partnership with the Barbican writers group. This event will be held using zoom and I will post the link once I have received it from the Barbican. I will email the password to those who sign up near the time of the event.
It was a Victorian tradition to tell ghost stories at Christmas time - A tradition that has now (unfortunately) faded away. There is nothing more entertaining than a good ghost story told around a crackling fire or cosy living room. Hopefully, this workshop will inspire you to write and tell a few of your own ghost stories. - Around Christmas time. ------------------------------------ In the workshop, we will discuss ideas, structure and plot points that relate to classic Victorian ghost stories and in particular those of M.R.James. If you have a lot of experience in this genre, please still feel to join and share your knowledge. -------------------------------- Agenda: 1. A short introduction to the Jamesian style. 2. Before delving further into ghost stories a short look at ways to make your writing suspenseful: 2.1 Limit the POV. 2.2 Style and form. 2.3 Dramatic irony. Then the body of the meetup will be for all to discuss and come up with ideas following the points below - for your own ghost stories. Participants will be encouraged to engage in the discussion, so please feel free to add your thoughts and questions. 3. The Jamesian Style: 3.1 Location and setting. 3.2 The main protagonist. 3.3 An object. I will bring some specific examples of characters and settings from some of James stories. -------------------------------- To create the perfect Jamesian ghost story you will need: 1. A quaint, ancient setting. Such as a twee English country village, an estranged seaside town or a stately Abbey. James loved to utilise the antiquity of a colourful setting with an isolated atmosphere. 2. A lady or gentleman protagonist. Many of James’ characters are naive reserved scholars, who are often not convinced something strange is happening until the final climax of the story. 3. A pivotal antiquarian object. Whether an old book or an antique, the discovery of a mystery object that unlocks and attracts an unwelcome figure from beyond the grave is a signature mark of James’ stories. ------------------------- James was a lecturer at Cambridge University and at Christmas time he became well known for reading back his ghost stories. He was master of the uncanny, the purveyor of the uncomfortable and a writer renowned for his atmospheric ghostly tales. It was also in Victorian times a tradition to tell ghost stories and one of the most famous ghost stories of all time was set in the Christmas period - that, of course, being "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Jameson ghost storytelling was straight down the line and revolved around the idea of real ghosts, not psychological illusions or paranoid affects of the human mind. So if you prefer writing psychological type ghost or horror stories then this workshop may not be for you. - Just to note - although Jame's stories were published in the Edwardian period, he wrote and shared them primarily during at the end of the Victorian period. -------------------------------- The writer M.R. James once said: “Two ingredients most valuable in the concocting of a ghost story are the atmosphere and the nicely managed crescendo.… Let us, then, be introduced to the actors in a placid way; let us see them going about their ordinary business, undisturbed by forebodings, pleased with their surroundings; and into this calm environment let the ominous thing put out its head, unobtrusively at first, and then more insistently, until it holds the stage.” ------------------------- 1. This meetup will be held online and I will share the link nearer to the workshop time directly with those that sign up. I will be using https://jitsi.org/ or Google Meet. 2. There are no refunds available for this event, but if you can't make it on the day please get in touch, we may well be able to give you a place on a different workshop at a later date.
A story is so much more than Plot and Things That Happen. A story is first and foremost about character and WHY the events of the plot matter to them. This fun and highly informative creative writing workshop will seek to dispel common creative writing myths and help you to understand not only WHY you need to know your story's emotional arc, but HOW to go about achieving this and weaving emotional significance into every step of your story. Having a solid emotional arc is essential for so many reasons: (1) It keeps readers hooked because they want to find out WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, (2) It makes YOU a better writer because you will know your characters intimately, making it less likely that you will lose steam or come up against the dreaded writers block, and (3) It means that your story will flow organically and naturally from start to finish, leading to a seamless and deeply satisfying end product. We will start by thoroughly exploring what emotional arc means and why your story needs an emotional core. We will then guide you through the experience of building your story's emotional arc, and you will leave the workshop with a toolbox of tips, tricks, and exercises that you will be able to use again whenever you need. This workshop is perfect for writers of all levels of experience, and it may be especially useful for those of you who are taking on NaNoWriMo! Come ready with a notebook, pen, computer, whatever you prefer to write with -- and a willingness to play and explore! Bring a work-in-progress you'd like to develop, or use this workshop to discover and build an entirely new project. Enter the online meeting room from 2pm for a 2:15ish start. The meetup will be conducted on Zoom. Any questions about Zoom, just ask! There are no refunds available for this event, but if something happens on the day please get in touch, we may be able to give you a place on a different workshop at a later date. See you then!!