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Writing a memoir, or writing from life for fiction   

  2 memoir writing workshops with Alex — Thursday 1st February, 10.30-12.30 pm and Thursday 8th February 10.30-12.30 pm

Venue: Hall & Woodhouse, Bath      SOLD OUT 

                              If you want to be on a waiting list in case a place comes up  PLEASE CONTACT ME

One place left on Writing and Editing Flash Fiction with Jude beginning in Jan. 6 places left on December pop up with Jude, Write into the Light.

These two workshops with Alex, are for anyone interested in writing a memoir, or wants to in use their own life as material in a novel or short stories with plenty of writing exercises to trigger memories.  We  will also look at examples of different types of memoir.

If you are writing fiction, the exercises will give you plenty of material for those telling details that bring a work alive.  Just as in a novel, we enjoy a beginning, middle and end, a memoir needs a structure. In the first workshop, we will look at the different structures you can adopt to help shape your narrative.

Once you have chosen a structure, you can begin plotting your project so that you don’t get stuck in the middle. Guest Anna Schlesinger, will be on hand to answer questions about why she chose to use her experiences in Samoa to write a biographical novel, rather than a memoir.

In the second workshop, as well as sharing thoughts about ongoing work and doing more   creative writing exercises with prompts to jog your memory, we will look at various publishing options. Beginners and experienced writers welcome.

Please note: We don’t give refunds but you are welcome to pass your place on to a friend.

One place left for ‘Writing and Editing flash fiction’ with Jude, beginning Jan. 2018

Alex and Jude at the American Museum, Bath


SOLD OUT. We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone. It’s such a great venue.

Starting on September 20th 2016, we’re running four sessions of creative writing at the American Museum, Bath using some of the museum artefacts to get you writing.

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Conkers, catkins, acorns, adders…

notebookThis week’s prompt by Jude

“Words omitted from the 2007 Oxford Junior dictionary included acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion, fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pasture and willow. The words taking their places in the new edition included attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail.” Robert MacFarlane

An experiment:  Take a notebook and pen and write a short piece with your non-dominant hand from the  point of view of a child. Use one or more of the  words omitted from the Oxford Junior dictionary.

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