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What does an editor do?

Alex and Jude with Guest Speaker, James Ellis

Thursday July 6th.  10.30-12.30pm at

Hall and Woodhouse, Bath.

Cost: £26. To pay contact us for bank transfer details

Have you ever wondered what an editor actually does? Do you know what is the difference is between a structural edit and a copy edit? What suggestions might an editor make?  This workshop is for anyone who writes and wants to know more about the editing process, as Ernest Hemingway said, ‘the only kind of writing is rewriting.’

If you are self-editing, get tips on the best way to approach your work in order to get it into tip-top shape before sending to an agent, or for self-publishing.  James Ellis  has worked at an Oxford-based literary agency as a submissions reader, offers a portfolio of editorial services and is an author himself.  Alex and Jude will start the workshop with some simple editing exercises.  James recently ran a popular session for us on publishing his novel The Wrong Story with the innovative crowd-funding publishing house, Unbound.

You don’t need to have completed a book to enjoy and learn from this workshop.   And please read our terms and conditions

 

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Spring Writing Series

Unlock your writing at our spring series of writing sessions at  Brown’s Brasserie, Orange Grove, Bath.

To book, SOLD OUT BUT please email to see if we have any cancellations


Cost £72 for the four sessions.

Thursday mornings 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

April 27th, May 4th, May 11th and May 18th.

The group is suitable for beginning and experienced writers. Each session we have a theme and introduce several writing exercises to stimulate new writing or to get you started if you have never written before. It’s a friendly and fun group, with both regular attenders and new people each series.  Places are limited –

Contact us for any questions and check out our terms and conditions.     

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Get into Print – April and May workshops

Wednesday  April 26th, Hall and Wood House cafe, Bath

The Road to Publication

with children’s  and YA  writer, Tracy Darnton

10.30-12.30 pm.Cost £26. Sold Out



Are you an aspiring children’s writer? Do you have a manuscript ready to go, or an idea for a children’s or young adult book you want to get on to paper? Come to a talk followed by a Q & A session by debut YA author Tracy Darnton and hear explain the stages of her journey to a publishing deal. Discover what helped and what she would have done differently.

Tracy Darnton won the Stripes/The Bookseller YA short story prize and was short listed for The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition in 2016. She recently graduated with Distinction from the Bath Spa University MA in Writing for Young People, but originally studied law and Cambridge and worked as a solicitor and law lecturer. Her debut YA novel will be published by Stripes in 2018

Prior to Tracy’s talk, which will begin after the coffee break, Jude and Alex will introduce exercises to help you focus your ideas about your YA or children’s book. What’s the essence of your plot? Which age-group is it for? Can you write a ‘book blurb’, that will hook in your readers, or an agent?

Monday 8th May, Hall and Woodhouse cafe Bath.

Meet an Agent

10.30-12.30 pm. Cost £26.

sold out. Please contact us  in case someone drops out.


Literary agent Juliet Pickering will talk about how best to prepare a manuscript before sending out to agents.  All the dos and don’ts of submitting your novels, short story collections and non-fiction works. Q & A session after talk.

Juliet Pickering worked for Waterstones as a bookseller and fiction buyer before starting at A P Watt in 2003, where she became an Associate Agent in 2007. Juliet joined Blake Friedmann in 2013, and her authors have been shortlisted for Booker, Costa, and Guardian First Book Awards, won the Whitbread and Green Carnation Prizes and, in 2015, the prestigious French literary award Prix Femina Etranger. Her interests range from literary, book club and well-written, feminist commercial fiction to crime writing. She also represents many non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, feminist and political commentary, cookery and food writing, humour, and all sorts in-between. Juliet  is also a judge for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2017

Before Juliet arrives to begin her talk at 11.30,  Jude and Alex will introduce exercises to help you  write  a short pithy summary of your book. Come if you’ve a book ready to go or if you’ve never put pen to paper but want to find out more about the agent’s role and what they are looking for.

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Get into print, February and March workshops

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Self Publish your Book

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017,

Hall and Woodhouse cafe Bath

10.30 – 1230 pm

Cost £26: Pay via paypal or any card below

Douglas Walker, from the Self Publishing Partnership, will talk about how they work with authors and produce anything from memoirs, children’s books, cookery books, novels and collections of short stories. They have produced the  Bath Short Story Award Anthologies for the last three years –  beautifully produced books.  If you want to publish your own fiction or non fiction book in print and digital forms, come along and find out about the process.  SOLD OUT please email if you would like to be on a waiting list

Prior to the talk  Exercise on writing a good synopsis. What to do and what not to do. Useful to compile for marketing  your self-published book, or to send to traditional publishers and literary agents.

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On Wednesday February 22nd 2017 10.30-12.30 pm at Hall and Woodhouse, Cafe, Bath. Local author, James Ellis,  talked about publishing his novel with Unbound an award-winning crowdfunding jamespublisher, that publishes works in all genres, fiction and non-fiction. James is a graduate of Oxford University’s MSt in Creative Writing. He has had flash fiction and short stories published as well as a travelogue of his journey through Central America. His first novel The Wrong Story  is about to be  published by Unbound.

Prior to the talk,  Alex and Jude did Exercises on refining and editing that all- first page of your manuscript, and on how to write a strong cover- letter/pitch.

 

Names matter

This week’s prompt from Alex:     This is my latest acquisition by artist, and author Mary Griese. Give my sheep a name. Now make a list of names for your next short story or novel, and keep for reference and as prompts.  Remember, names go in and out of fashion. Ethel is back in, Derick is out. Invent some names. Names matter.

   Update on places: Booking is now open for workshop on Editing. How to edit your work, and what does a professional Editor do, with guest James Ellis. Thusrday 10.30-12.30pm July 6th at Hall and Woodhouse cafe. £26

What’s in a title?

This week’s prompt by Jude

In our creative writing sessions we frequently ask writers to find a title for the draft pieces they write. The intention is to find titles that are engaging and not common place. The book pictured is by well-known French crime writer, George Simenon, who was a prolific writer,publishing over 500 novels during his lifetime. This novel was published in 1949 and has a dated title – one you couldn’t get away with these days. Perhaps the French title was different. And better.

Your exercise is to write a story about a married woman who is lost and confused or is literally at sea somewhere. Give it a twenty-first century title. Four words long,  like the one in the picture. But don’t include ‘the’.

A hut of your own

This week’s prompt by Alex is a photo of a beach hut. Describe someone furnishing it. What would they put in it? Write a short story about a family on the beach.

Update on workshops: 2 places left on Creative Writing group in April/May, 2 places left on workshop with Tracey Darnton, children’s and YA author, and save the date for What does an Editor do? on July 6th with James Ellis. Booking coming for that soon. Booking for others on website