Inside Fictional Minds: psychology for writers workshop, Chester

A weekend workshop ‘Inside Fictional Minds’ will take place 30th June to 1st July in central Chester. It aims to use psychological theories to add depth to your fictional character development. Topics covered include attachment theory, character change and growth, and psychological defence mechanisms. A mixture of tutorials, group work, individual writing time and one-to-one support, will help you to develop intriguing and authentic characters based on psychological theories. Suitable for character development in short stories or novel-length.

 

Dr Stephanie Hutton (Clinical Psychologist) and Liz Kay (Integrative Counsellor, Occupational Therapist) have years of training and therapy skills to add to their knowledge as writers to help you develop your fiction and deepen your understanding of character.

Suitable for all levels of writer, from beginner to published. However, you will get the most out of the weekend if you have specific fictional characters in mind to work on.

 

Two half-price places available for low-income writers.

Reductions for friends booking together.

 

To find our more about the course and instructors, or to book, please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inside-fictional-minds-psychological-theory-for-writers-tickets-45415747724

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Haringey Literature Live – a wealth of Masterclasses and Short Writing Courses coming up

North London’s HARINGEY LITERATURE LIVE has an inspiring range of writing courses & Masterclasses coming up from April – June 2018.

Energising writing workshops on the Short Story, Life-Writing, the Novel and Poetry can be found here: http://haringeyliteraturelive.com/workshops-programme-autumn-2016-springsummer-2017/

Fabulous Masterclasses from successfully published writers kick off with novelist Helen Gordon here who will be giving expert advice to writers of both short and long fiction on Sunday April 29th: http://haringeyliteraturelive.com/writing-masterclasses/

http://haringeyliteraturelive.com

Creating Short Fantasy Fiction from Dartmoor Myths and Legends – A free workshop

Creating Short Fantasy Fiction from Dartmoor Myths and Legends – A free workshop led by Myfanwy Cook www.myfanwycook.com as part of the 15th Tavistock Festival www.tavistockmusic.co.uk

Come along and be inspired to write the opening to or a mini-short story based on a selection of the myths and legends such as Old Dewer’s ‘Wisht Hounds’ and cream eating pixies.

Venue: Tavistock Library

Start time: 10.30 am am till 12.15 pm

Date: 25th of April, 2018

Booking is essential through: tavistock.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk

Telephone: 01822 612218

St. John’s Well, Tavistock

Bursaries for Arvon Flash Fiction course for BAME/Low income writers

Hello, I’m Tania Hershman and I run ShortStops! I’m also a short story writer and teacher – and I have crowdfunded so that I can now offer three £250 bursaries for BAME writers or writers on low income who would like to attend the Arvon foundation 5-day residential flash fiction course I am co-tutoring, with the amazing Nuala O’Connor, in Devon in November. More details about the course here – there are only a few places on the course left. This funding is coming directly from me –  if you’d like to be considered for one of the £250 bursaries (you will need to pay for the remainder of the course fee yourself) or you know someone who is not on social media who might like to apply, please email me taniah@gmail.com as soon as possible and let me know why you’d like the funding! It’s going to be a wonderful week, come join us!

 

Tania

Writers’ HQ Online Writing Short Fiction Course (plus membership discount!)

 

Short stories aren’t just easier versions of the novel. They’re a broad, complex and rewarding art form in their own right. Writers’ HQ’s new online short story course will help you see the bigger picture and compress it into short stories with real punch.

Short stories have been here since the dawn of time. Based in the oral tradition (stop sniggering at the back), they’re the apocryphal family legends our grandmas/weird uncle used to tell us over Christmas dinner; they’re the school-yard urban myths; the sleepover ghost stories; the soliloquies in our diaries; the wine-soaked rants to that random person you cornered in the kitchen at that party after so-and-so dumped you. Short stories are all around us.

But super short stories are not super easy for writers, natch. In fact, the shorter your story becomes, the harder it is to distil what really matters onto the page. I would have written a shorter letter, so the famous quote goes, but I didn’t have the time.

So what makes truly great short fiction? The kind that leaves you dribbling, slack-jawed, and slap-faced when you finish it. The kind you remember forever, like some weird dream-memory. Well. We can’t write it for you, but we can give you a nudge, a shove, and a poke with a sharp stick (whatever floats your boat) to help you on your way. With the help of writing prompts, advice from award-winning short fiction writers, inspiring exercises, and the awesome little Writers’ HQ online community, you’ll come out the other side with at least one fully formed short story to call your very own – and maybe even send out into the world of literary magazines and competitions…

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW or sign up for the full WHQ MEMBERSHIP for access to all seven of our online courses and exclusive discounts and freebies!

Sign up for monthly membership before 31st December and get 25% off your sign up fee with promo code WHQERSRULE25

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London Lit Lab: Write and Edit a Story in a Weekend 7-8 Oct

We had so much fun teaching Write and Edit a Story in the spring that we’ve brought it back again this autumn. Only this time we’re not only dissecting the short story, but also the personal essay.

We all have different strengths and weaknesses as writers. For some, getting a first draft down is a necessary torture before the fun of editing begins. For others, editing is the agony after the ecstasy!

This two-day course is designed to get you both writing and editing, by combining dedicated creative time with an intensive tour through ways to improve your craft.

On day one, we’ll kick off by exploring ways to turn our ideas into full stories, whether we’re writing fiction or creative nonfiction, from getting first words down to finishing a draft. You will then have ample time and space (and tea and cake) to write, in the quiet company of fellow scribblers.

On day two, we will work through a series of editing approaches, which you will be able to apply to your own work. Think of these as a series of editorial experiments that will throw new light on plot, style, characterisation, setting, dialogue, openings and endings. We suggest that you bring your draft from the previous day (or another story or essay if you prefer), in multiple copy or on a laptop, so that you can test out approaches even if you choose not to apply all the editing techniques we teach in the session. We’ll discuss the results and share our work if we wish. In the spring both Zoe and Lily shared a very rough draft of their own writing, to be pulled apart by the group, but it was a great learning curve for everyone. So we’ll most likely do this again as well. Eek!

You don’t have to come up with an idea on the spot. You might have an idea you’ve been wanting to write, or a piece you have already started. Please bring this with you, to draft on day one. For those who want a new idea, we’ll provide optional idea-generating material to get you going.

This course is suitable for both beginners and committed writers. For both those writing fiction and creative nonfiction. Whether you’re dabbling in your first short stories or personal essays, or you’re compiling a short story collection, or writing a memoir, we welcome you. By the end of the course we’ll endeavour to help you have a new draft of a story or essay, and a range of editing skills to help get it into shape.

Course fee: Early Bird £189. Full fee £229

Date and Time: Weekend of October 7th & 8th, 10am-4pm

Location: Clapton Laundry, London – a luxurious, inspiring space in East London, where you will have plenty of space to spread out and find a quiet spot during the first day of writing. Lunch will also be provided

Tutors: This course will be taught by both Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert of London Lit Lab. By leading workshops together, we are able to bring two perspectives to everything we teach, and therefore everything is up for discussion! Sharing our differing approaches to writing helps to create a richer learning experience, which we believe benefits everyone who comes on our courses.

Places are limited, so if you would like to reserve a place, or for more information, please get in touch at info@londonlitlab.co.uk

We have one place on this course available at a 75% discount for a writer who would struggle to pay the full fee. If you, or someone you know, would like to apply for this place, please write to us at info@londonlitlab.co.uk, by 23rd September. In no more than 200 words, please tell us why you would like to come on the course, what you write, and why a discounted place would be valuable to you. We won’t be fact-checking but we really want to give this place to someone who genuinely needs it, so please be honest. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.

http://www.londonlitlab.co.uk/

FREE short story critique with the Writers’ HQ Writing Short Fiction course

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Get a FREE 3,000 word story critique when you book onto the next Writers’ HQ Writing Short Fiction online course (starting 18 Sept) using promo code CRITMEBABY

Spend six weeks immersed in the art of the short story with Writers’ HQ 5-star online course AND get feedback on the story of your choice (up to 3,000 words) with a special one-off promo code: CRITMEBABY.

The WHQ course is designed to fit in around busy lives, working hours, kids, attention-seeking partners, household chores and inevitable procrastination. Inspiring exercises, writing prompts, advice from award-winning short fiction writers, and a supportive online writing community will help you come up with some brand new ideas and explore a range of approaches and techniques to get the very best out of your short fiction.

And at the end of the course, submit a story to the Writers’ HQ tutors for detailed, one-to-one feedback and critique!

 

The next Writing Short Fiction course starts on 18 September

 CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

(and don’t forget to use promo code CRITMEBABY at the checkout to get your free critique!)

 

Still not sure? Here’s what a few past students have said about the course (more reviews here):

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