The craft of writing: development sessions
8 January, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
One event on 6 November, 2018 at 7:00pm
One event on 4 December, 2018 at 7:00pm
One event on 8 January, 2019 at 7:00pm
One event on 5 February, 2019 at 7:00pm
About the course
We are delighted to introduce our brand new series of writing classes – Sessions at the Studio. These classes are suited to writers at all levels. Held once a month they will consist of a heavily discussion based workshop on one aspect of creative writing, followed by a half hour writing sprint for getting words on the page.
Initially sessions will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, however when we have different tutors this day may vary.
October’s session: microfiction, short story, poem or novel: how to tell which idea is which.
In this short workshop you will learn how to match your ideas with the best medium in which to explore them. Does it have the complexity and substance of a novel? Perhaps it has the clarity and economy of microfiction, or the sharp emotion of a poem. It might even be the type of story that could develop to a satisfying conclusion in the space of a few thousand words. We’ll discuss the differences between each form and examine how ideas can be adapted to suit different writing styles. Your facilitator for the first session will be Sarah Hindmarsh.
About Sarah Hindmarsh
As well as being chair of the board at NWS, Sarah is the award-winning author of 8 books, and a large number of short stories and poems published in various literary journals and anthologies. She is an experienced creative writing tutor and qualified teacher.
Book your place
The price for each session is £9 for general admission and £5 for NWS members. Members will also receive a free ticket for their first session as thanks for their continued contribution to the studio and its community.
Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.
November: adverbs and adjectives, are they needed?
Stephen King has said that adverbs are an author’s enemy and adjectives should be avoided wherever possible, but is this always true? We’ll look at why these parts of speech are used in the first place, and if they are really as bad as some writers and editors make out. If there’s time we’ll also touch on why the national curriculum insists on teaching young people to use them in every sentence.
December: what’s in a name?
This session will focus on naming characters, places, stories, poems and other elements of worldbuilding. We’ll discuss different ways of deciding on names, things that need to be taken into consideration when forming them, and what to do if you’re really stuck. We will also touch on how names for stories, books and series can be a help or a hindrance for marketing.