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May 2019

Rhyme & Rebellion

25 May @ 15:30 - 17:30
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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Rhyme and rebellion

About Poetry is a profoundly political act because it involves speaking the truth, holding a mirror up to reality and putting things into perspective. This course will help writers to find their voice, discover the issues that are important to them, and learn how to shape their writing to reflect and celebrate their beliefs while speaking confidently about how to change the world. Using examples from well-known contemporary spoken word poets, we’ll explore what it means to persuade with your writing,…

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Developing Middle Grade Fiction

30 May @ 19:00 - 21:00
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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Developing middle grade fiction

About What defines middle-grade fiction? Join Ian Douglas on his workshop as he explores the key facets of middle-grade fiction including inspiration, reading age, style, content, themes and word count. Participants will understand what qualities define midgrade fiction, develop writing and editing skills for midgrade fiction and build knowledge of the market and resources. The workshop will be a mix of editing and writing practice. Participants are welcome to bring their own writing to work on, but this is not…

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June 2019

Finding Inspiration in Nature

4 June @ 18:30 - 21:00
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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Finding inspiration in nature

About Brought to you by poet, creative writing tutor and founder of Wordsmith_HQ, Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde, this workshop will examine the different ways that nature can inspire us and our writing. From direct inspiration for poetry and prose about nature itself to writing that physically and geographically ‘maps’ its location in the natural world, there is plenty to sink your teeth into in this session. Who knows, you might even spot and be inspired to write about those tiny, but beautiful…

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Words and Silence

8 June @ 10:00 - 17:00
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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Words and silence

About Sometimes our writing flows, sometimes it eludes us. Sometimes, the characters leave the room, but the self-critic lingers. Should we just wait for inspiration? This workshop offers ways to tap into the underlying richness of the mind and bring up its greatest powers. The day starts with a brief talk about the different functioning of the brain and the most fulfilling ways to put it to use. Most writers have had an experience of « being in the flow…

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Building Worlds

12 June @ 18:00 - 20:00
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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Building worlds

About World building can seem like a daunting task. How do we develop new kingdoms, cultures or locations in our writing and where do we start? Join Gareth Baker as he guides you through the process of creating convincing, cohesive civilisations and locations using a range of fun and practical activities. Whether you are an experienced writer or just beginning your adventure into creating whole worlds and fantastical settings, Gareth's workshop will guide you on the path to developing usable ideas…

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Tutored Urban Writing Retreat

15 June @ 10:00 - 16:00
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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About the event An urban writing retreat is a whole day devoted to writing. Six blissful hours to immerse yourself in creativity and write to your heart's content. If you want to stay longer you can, your tutor might go home at 4pm but that doesn't mean you have to! We'll have a mixture of focussed writing sprints, informal discussion time and the all-important tea and coffee breaks. Your tutor will also be on hand to help with any problems…

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Writing Poetry in the Digital Age

20 June @ 18:30 - 20:30
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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Writing poetry in the digital age

About Harness the power of the digital world to create new and exciting poems at Writing poetry in the digital age with Sophie-Louise Hyde. This workshop will focus on a range of interesting digital techniques that you can deploy in your writing for the purpose of producing new and original poetry and prose that is unique in its presentation and form. You will be introduced to a range of innovative methods that follow on from the Found and Verbatim Poetry workshop that took place…

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Introduction to Novel Writing

22 June @ 11:00 - 15:30
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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Introduction to novel writing

About Join best-selling author, Jenny Kane as she introduces new writers and first-time novelists to the art of novel writing. This workshop will address the essential elements of novel writing, from the practicalities of getting into a writing routine and how to plan and structure your novel, to understanding the audience you are writing for. You will also explore research methods and discuss how to cope with the bad days and writer's block. Jenny's workshop combines teaching, discussion and writing…

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Writing for Young Adults

25 June @ 18:30 - 20:30
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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Writing for young adults

About Following on from An introduction to writing for children and Developing middle grade fiction, the Nottingham Writers' Studio and Paula Rawsthorne bring you Writing for Young Adults. In this 2-hour workshop, you'll explore the young adult (YA) fiction market, how to make your writing YA focused including creating narratives, situations, and characters that young adults can identify with, examples of successful YA writing and tips to develop your own YA story idea. So, if you're looking for a new challenge, a little stuck with…

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