Half Day Writing Workshops – September 25 – 27, 2020, Contact us for bookings >
From time to time we run workshop weekends in conjunction with our retreats. This enables writers who don’t have the time or resources to attend some or all of the guest tutored afternoon workshops. It’s also ideal if you’re particularly interested in a specific workshop or are dying to meet the guest tutor. Our workshop groups are small – up to 15 writers maximum so it’s a great opportunity.
Guest tutors running workshops have included best selling authors Tessa Hadley, Claire Fuller, Louise Doughty and Marcel Theroux as well as Doubleday publishing director Kirsty Dunseath, publishing director at Penguin Random House Selina Walker, literary agents Caroline Wood, at Felicity Bryan Associates and Antony Harwood
At our Autumn weekend workshops running from September 25 – 27, 2020 at Templeton House in Kintbury the guest tutors will be authors Alice Jolly and Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott as well as leading literary agent Nelle Andrew.
Come and join us for a wonderful afternoon of writing and discussion.
Bespoke Workshops tailored for your writing group
We can also develop and run half and full day workshops for your writing group. Get in touch for more details.
Here’s an outline of a full day workshop on Structure as an example.
STORY, STRUCTURE AND CHARACTER ARCS
It’s a character’s desires, fears and actions that shape story. This workshop looks at how the protagonist’s character arc can give structure to a novel. We discuss what a central narrative is, and how concurrent storylines contribute to the protagonist’s character arc, and the narrative steps towards a dilemma/crisis that will help deal with that sagging middle.
Looking at some well known classic novels, we follow the emotional journey of a central character examining the narrative steps, turning points and obstacles presented by surrounding characters which shape the novel, until finally a crises brings the story to its conclusion.
Writers will outline their own stories within the 3 Act and 5 Act structure and will also write a flash fiction piece inspired by a postcard which they read to the Group.
Tutored workshops for small groups of writers
Our workshops offer writers the chance to get some tuition from best selling and exciting authors who also have expertise in teaching and inspiring other writers. The publishing world is so hard to break into and finding the right agent to represent you and sell your novel to publishers has never been harder. We bring in literary agents and publishers to give you the inside knowledge on the publishing world and some help with your submission.
Structure, Point of View, Voice and the Writer’s Palette are some of the subjects our tutors have tackled in the afternoon workshops which generally run in conjunction with our retreat weekends.
How to write a synopsis, do’s and don’t for submitting to agent and tips for writing your cover letter are subjects covered by our agent tutors. The world of publishing is demystified by our visiting commissioning editors.
Join us to get some help with your novel.
Our next weekend of workshops runs from 25 – 27 September 2020 at Templeton House, Kintbury, Berkshire. Guest tutors running afternoon workshops include award winning novelists Kelleigh Greenberg – Jephcott whose debut novel Swan Song so vividly captures Truman Capote’s fall from grace. Her workshop on The Writer’s Palette will give writers the tools to create evoke emotion and engage the reader in a vivid experience. “Point of View” seems to get writers in more of a tangle than any other technical issue. Author and creative writing tutor Alice Jolly explains how to get it right in her workshop. There will also be an afternoon workshop on Pitching your Novel – synopses and agent submissions with leading literary agent and advocate of debut writers, Nelle Andrew
Tutors at previous retreats have included best selling authors Tessa Hadley, Claire Fuller, Louise Doughty and Marcel Theroux as well as Doubleday publishing director Kirsty Dunseath, publishing director at Penguin Random House Selina Walker, literary agents Caroline Wood, at Felicity Bryan Associates and Antony Harwood
Numbers are limited so there is plenty of time for discussion and Q & A.
2020 Creative Writing Workshops
“It was such a spectacularly happy time that you created for us all and the good effects continue… It was an immense privilege to be part of such a special gathering.” read more
“Louise’s workshop was really informative and encouraging. I immediately went and split my novel into four piles and was relieved to discover it worked!” read more
“Louise was engaging and knowledgable. She gave us useful and practical tips which we could all implement immediately. I really recommend her as a speaker.” read more
“A well structured programme, the editorial sessions and workshop with Louise Doughty were excellent.” read more
“It was a really, really special few days, a very well structured programme, brilliant location and fantastic food. it was lovely to meet Emma and Sara as well as to spend time with a fantastic and supportive group of writers. Thank you so much.” read more
“Beautiful location. Idyllic, pastoral village setting in Oxfordshire. Delightful family home of the Mitfords, steeped in history and literary vibes – an inspiring place to write! I enjoyed the delicious organic and vegetarian options prepared by Fiona. Her cakes were out of this world! Emma and Sara were great hosts ” read more
“I loved every minute of the retreat! It was brilliantly organised and I haven’t felt so intellectually stimulated for ages. I loved meeting all the other aspiring writers and I feel we developed and special bond. I will definitely keep in touch with them all.”
“The retreat was absolutely brilliant. Emma you put together a very special package. Being able to spend time in a small group with an author was amazing. I feel I have met some delightful fellow writers too. I also want to mention the fabulous food cooked by Fi. Thank you for a wonderful week.”
“The retreat exceeded my highest expectations. Many congratulations on a most successful few days”.
“Asthall was fabulous. Very good contemplative atmosphere with lovely gardens to stroll in and muse on the next chapter! Fiona’s food was excellent. The two speakers were really well chosen…and the whole event very warm and supportive. Thank you Emma.”
Visiting Tutors and Guests
Thanks to the Authors, Publishers and Agents who have been so generous with their time.