Category Archives: Writing Events

Keeping going novel workshop

Writing a Novel: Keeping Going’, with Alex and James (Ellis), Tuesday 17th April 2018. 10.30am-12.30pm.

Cost: £20 (payable on the day or beforehand via bank transfer).Venue: Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA.Please book in advance to confirm your place. Email writing events bath Places limited.. 10 to go.

Have you begun writing your novel but now you’re stuck, or lost momentum, or not sure where to take it next? Have you literally lost the plot? If so, then this two-hour novel writing booster session is for you. Whether you’re an experienced fiction writer or a debut novelist it’s all too easy to veer off course, run aground or just find yourself blocked. In this session the focus will be on sharing the challenges that you are encountering in writing your novel, identifying and exploring techniques to overcome those challenges, and reclaiming your enthusiasm as a writer for the project. The emphasis will be on discussion and exercises so please bring a pen and paper.


Writing a Novel, with Alex and James (Ellis), Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 13th March 2018 Cost: £56  for both sessions. Venue: Hall & Woodhouse, Bath,10.30am-12.30pm 

 Sold out but please contact in case a place comes up… Please Contact Alex    £56 for both sessions

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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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