Fran Lock and Simon Coltman present the first of our free workshops in the autumn term. We will begin with a short meditation led by Simon Coltman. This will lead to a free writing session using meditative techniques to produce some raw material. Award winning poet Fran Lock will then lead a session of poetry writing. There will be time at the end for feedback and discussion.November 18th 1.30pm, Keynes Library
Workshopping your writing with others and even sitting down to write together as a group can make the world of writing feel a little less lonely and provide valuable criticism. In collaboration with MIROnline, The Secret Garden Writing Club present some different ways of working together, demonstrate their own practice, and lead a discussion on how to set up groups, productive ways to give and receive criticism, and pitfalls to avoid. We will also spend some time writing together as a group and giving feedback on participants work.January 13th 1.30pm, Keynes Library
Getting the first few thousand words of a novel down can be exciting, ideas feel like they are flowing, and characters and plots take shape. But for many of us getting to the finish line can seem like a different challenge all together. Novelist, Sarah Alexander and The Word Factory's Alison Hitchcock discuss how to tie up loose ends, ways to plan narrative arcs, and what makes a good ending as well as giving tips for maintaining discipline and motivation throughout the process. Participants will also receive feedback on their own novel treatments.March 2017, full details tbc
Our hugely popular reading aloud workshop will return in 2018. Details available soon!
This summer class will cover everything you need to know about preparing for publication including editing, style guides, and where to send your work.