Rachel is one of our favourite workshop leaders and led a brilliant workshop on plotting. Her book ‘Expiry Date’ is published by Sandstone Press and is one another in her cosy crime series of Ant and Bea mysteries. Watch my interview with Rachel below.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to submit your short story by December 2nd for possible inclusion in a simple lockdown anthology.
THIS Call for stories is now closed, the anthology is being edited and writers have been notified if their story was chosen. It was hard to choose the ones to include since the standard was high and there were many entries, however we have chosen 26 stories and these will be published in a simple booklet. Most of the them have been pre-ordered but there will be a few spare to buy, most of the profit will go to Young Carers, a charity for children who look after their parents or siblings. If you would like a copy (when it’s ready) it will be £5 plus postage and first come, first served, so please email your request with an address and we will get back to you. Happy New Year, Alex, Mary and Andrea (who have been organising this anthology.)
As a project for this second lockdown, we are inviting you to submit a short story in any genre of up to 600 words. This is not a competition but we will select around 20 and publish them in a writing anthology booklet.
Below is a list of a dozen words. Write your story incorporating at least 5 of the words in any way you like. Please give your story a catchy title and submit it by email as an attachment (sorry, no hard copies) by December 2nd. The plan is to publish 100 copies and price them at £5 which includes post and packing as well as a donation to one of our favourite charities, Young Carers. (Google to find out more about them)
Please note this project is suitable for beginners and experienced writers and our mission is to keep your creativity flowing during lockdown.
A couple of tips: Avoid cliches, check spelling and word count and try for a story arc.
Here is the list of words – Remember to use a minimum of 5.
Bluebottle Clock Fur Lavender Train Ella Fitzgerald Nylon shirt High heels
Seaweed Turpentine Burnt Toast Bonfire
Ready, steady, GO… We look forward to reading them and will keep you informed. ENJOY! Alex firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, see the new video i made, in between lockdowns, of Rachel Ward and her new book – Expiry Date. Please scroll down.
Im afraid this workshop is cancelled but I may do another workshop on the same theme later in the year, or next year – Please email if you would like to be on a list of interested people.
Meanwhile, Mary Griese, a favourite workshop leader, has had her first novel published by Y Lolfa and my conversation with her on video is below, so please scroll down, and get the book! It’s dark (Welsh Noir) beautifully written and a good read.
These workshops with Alex and her guest authors, are for anyone interested in writing a memoir, or wants to in use their own life as material in a novel or short stories. If you are writing fiction, the exercises will give you plenty of material for those telling details that bring a work alive.
We will do
writing exercises to trigger memories, and look at examples of different types
Just as in a novel we enjoy a beginning, middle and end, a memoir needs a structure. We will look at the different structures you can adopt to help shape your narrative and help you plan your project. Lots of hands-on creative writing exercises to get you going, or keep you going. Beginners and experienced writers very welcome.
THIS SERIES IS NOW FULL UP – … please sign up for emails if you would like to hear about the next lot.. thanks
Dates: Thursday 23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb and 13th Feb.
GET WRITING IN THE NEW YEAR with Alex and guest authors – Thursday mornings 10.30-12.30pm
PLEASE EMAIL TO BOOK AND YOU CAN EITHER DO A BANK TRANSFER OR SEND A CHEQUE, THANKS
Venue: Bath Library £76 for 4 sessions. Sorry, no refunds but you are welcome to send a friend.
These sessions are to motivate, inspire and to enjoy. There will be lots of creative writing exercises as well as focussing on various aspects of writing. Complete beginners are very welcome but also experienced writers who like the company of other writers and who may need a nudge to keep them going.
Guest writers Mary Griese, Christine Macfarlane, Andrea Harman and Tracy Darnton will share their expertise on creating character, language, writing from your own life and writing for young people,(not in that order!)