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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 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

 

Used car

This week’s prompt by Jude.

Was your first car new or used?  Describe the car and its particular features. Mine was a Morris 1000 split-screen. Moss grew on the window seals. The driver’s door kept flying open. It had a crank-handle for when the battery went flat. Write about an adventure you had when you owned your first car. Adventures can be large or small.

(Want to get into print this year? We’ve two spaces left on our March workshop talk  on self-publishing by the Self Publishing Partnership Bath and, at the moment, several on our April talk by children’s writer Tracy Darnton  on her Road to Publication. Book soon.)

March Creative Writing Sessions

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Four creative writing sessions with Alex and Jude  in central Bath at Brown’s Bistro Old Police Station, Orange Grove, Bath, Somerset, UK BA1 1LP.  A lovely light upstairs space. Great coffee and a great ambience.

Who’s it for?  Beginners and experienced writers of all ages, genders and backgrounds, who want to come along and join a fun and friendly  writing group. We will introduce hands-on writing exercises on different themes and aspects of writing, Guaranteed to inspire and encourage you to begin writing or to help you carry on with a current writing project – your short story, novel or memoir.  Twelve people maximum.

Dates:  Thursdays March 9th, March 16th, March 23rd and March 30th

Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm (for those who have been before, please note earlier time)

Cost: £72

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