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Writing workshops in Bath from Writing magazine’s agony aunt
"I enjoyed our time so much and felt exuberantly inspired! You believe in me – you already see me as a writer, which is something I don’t yet see myself. It’s great that someone is holding on to that vision, too. In the sessions, I feel I’m actually learning the writing trade." - Judith
"Thank you for your time and encouragement at Sherborne Literature festival. I feel quite uplifted by your enthusiasm and passion for writing." - Graham
"Thank you for being my mentor at Sherborne…I really appreciate all the work you put into editing and reading my piece. Most helpful and encouraging." - Naomi
"The workshops at your Bath house are ideal…quiet and relaxing in lovely surroundings. The one to one feedback was very helpful. Not at all what you would get from a larger group." - Tony.
"Inspiring, practical, and excellent value for money" - Lynda
"You are very encouraging….can’t wait for another course." - Bridgett
Diana’s workshops are attracting a large following. They differ from other writing workshops because every student receives an individual critique and discussion on their work – and because speakers include published authors and distinguished journalists like David Kernek – a judge for the British Regional Newspapers Award organised by the Guild of Editors. Only speakers who are award winners take part. Their friendly, practical tips will move you on – and you’ll pick up the training in management of words, and in structure, that’s so essential in achieving publication. The workshops are also relaxing and comfortable – log fires if it’s cold!
Saturday June 21 10.30-4p.m Sci-fi writing workshop
Calling all sci fi enthusiasts! Have a practical and inspirational day on Saturday, June 21 2014 at an SF Workshop Day, led by novelist Jean Burnett. A short list of classic and newer SF stories and novels will be sent to every person who registers – and please ensure that you have read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, who lived for a time in Bath! Students will be encouraged to write a piece of SF flash fiction (200 words). You don’t have to read it to the class if you don’t want to! In the afternoon, all students can discuss and have a short critique of their work from Diana Cambridge of Writing magazine. This is a unique chance to really learn the nuts and bolts of sci fi – you’ll explore the importance of voice and world building in this genre. More details (and a programme to look at) from Jean Burnett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee £48 includes coffee and home-made biscuits.
Venue: central Bath.
Jane Austen Writing Workshops during the Jane Austen Festival 2014!
Saturday September 13, repeated on Saturday September 20 2014 – 10.30 – 1p.m.
Join a Jane Austen writing workshop in Bath! The workshop is held at the start of Bath’s famous Jane Austen festival week, when the city will go back in time. The cobbled streets will be alive with Austen look-alikes, Georgian music, banks of flowers, free events and more. You’ll have the workshop to enjoy in the morning; the rest of the day free to wander and enjoy the very best that Bath has to offer.
Our guest speaker will be author Jean Burnett, who will give a q and a session and read from her best selling novel Who Needs Mr Darcy ? (Little, Brown). Every student will have a one-to-one session with Diana and a chance to discuss with Jean the basic aspects of successful writing.
There will be many tips and do’s and don’ts: this is a practical workshop. Complete beginners or those who have done some writing are equally welcome: all we ask is that you e-mail or send a small sample of your writing (up to 2000 words) a few days ahead of the workshop.
All workshops are held in Camden, central Bath, in a lovely airy studio with rooftop views of the city. You can walk from the venue to the Roman Baths in 15 minutes, down cobbled streets lined with Georgian houses – you’ll be in the steps of Jane Austen herself!
All students have a one-to-one private critique with Diana. Most find this the best part, with extreme focus on their own work. She believes in tough but gentle criticism – and will follow up your work with e-mail. She’ll help you to keep moving your writing on. All she asks is a sample e-mail of your work a few days before the workshop – e-mail this to email@example.com. Our aim is that you leave this workshop with a good idea of how you want your work to progress, and practical techniques for achieving it.
Our Writing Workshop includes coffee, biscuits, goodie bag containing Diana’s How to write for magazines…in one weekend (Canal £9 99), handouts, booklist and a q and a with Jean Burnett.
Here’s what recent students have said:
"This is just the briefest of emails to thank you for your time and encouragement yesterday afternoon. I feel quite uplifted by your enthusiasm and passion for writing". - Graham
Easy to reach, lovely atmosphere and fantastic view…wish I had that office! Meeting Diana at last was great…the typed list of suggestions she gave to take away was great too" - Abigail
"Very useful talking to an actual editor...I’ve never had the chance to do that...thank you" - Angela
"Lovely location, overlooking Bath. The room was very relaxed, but felt very writerly. Really good constructive criticism and suggestions on how to improve my work. I really appreciated Diana’s enthusiasm and positivity". - Sarah
"I am just dropping you a line to thank you for being my mentor at the Sherborne Lit Festival. I really appreciate all the work you put into editing and reading my piece and found it most helpful and encouraging." - Naomi
"We met at the Sherborne Literary Festival, and I told you that I wanted to start writing on environmental and horticultural issues.
I am writing to let you know that I approached the editor of the Blackmore Vale magazine, about my ideas for a gardening column encouraging people to grow their own produce. I now write a regular weekly gardening blog for their website helping people to understand more about growing food and flowers!
Thank you for encouraging me last year, as I needed a bit of impetus to get me to approach people and use the knowledge that I have acquired over the years, and it is really great to have a regular slot, so that I can write on a regular basis which will only improve my skills.
Once again, thanks for the words of encouragement." - Christina
Many students have opted for two-hour one-to-one workshops with Diana. These cost £30 and can be offered in the weekday or weekend mornings, occasionally afternoons – notes, refreshments and workbooks included. Again Diana asks for a small sample of your writing e-mailed or sent ahead. This can be any genre – novel, feature, travel article, memoir, short story. E-mail Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. She is happy to advise on good accommodation in Bath, travel details and so on. If you drive, a free guest all-day parking ticket in Camden is provided.
Stop Press! Diana will be Writer In residence again at Sherborne Literary Festival 2014 from October 15 to Saturday October 18. Fascinating talks from best selling authors, café and bookstall, free private drop-in critiques from Diana plus writing classes. More details from www.SherborneLiterarySociety.com
Early booking is advised: booking forms from email@example.com
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