Richmond & Twickenham Summer Writers’ Weekend

The Thames at Richmond Flemish School

Saturday 30th of June

The Twickenham Workshops

Book your tickets here: https://twickenhamwriters.eventbrite.com

Session 1 – 11am -12.15

Writing for Children  – How to write stories that children will love – Tutor: Charlotte Maslen

Do you have an idea for a novel for children? Have you started writing a novel but you’re unsure how to continue? In this workshop Children’s editor, Charlotte Maslen, will share her top tips for writing stories that will captivate a child reader. Find out how to plot and to create characters and worlds that children will love.
Charlotte Maslen is a children’s book editor for The Golden Egg Academy. She works closely with authors, helping them prepare their manuscripts for submission to agents and publishers. Charlotte has many years experience editing and writing fiction and non-fiction. She holds an MA in Creative Writing, a BA in English Literature & an Editing for Children certification.

Session 2 – 12.15- 1.30

Writing and illustrating for Children – Top tips from a Picture Book Writer – Tutor: Emma Garcia

Bring your picture book ideas, sketches pencils and a sketch book. In this practical and interactive workshop, Emma will go through the process of putting together a picture book, from initial idea to publication.

Emma Garcia is a writer of commercial fiction and children’s picture books. Her debut novel Never Google Heartbreak has been translated into thirteen languages and the second novel OMG Baby! the story’s sequel is out now (both by Hodder). She has also written and illustrated a series of picture books for young children published by Boxer Books. Visit emmagarcia.co.uk

Session 3 – 1.30-2.45

Erotic Writing Workshop – Tutor: Tessa Ditner

In this workshop we will use the erotic contract as a writing exercise and learn the importance of defining your vocabulary palette to avoid cringe-worthy sex scenes. You will be encouraged to use sex scenes to address political or psychological themes and shown how this can be done effectively in several genres, including non-fiction and comedy.

This workshop might help you write the sex scenes for a book, poem, script, letter or play you are currently working on, be the seed of an erotica novel, or inspire further research while ensuring you stay clear of a Bad Sex award!

No prior knowledge of erotic literature is required, just bring a pen and paper!

Tessa Ditner is a writer and Creative Writing Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. Before moving to the seaside to run the Portsmouth Writers’ Hub (over 700 Facebook members!) she was the Contributing Editor of Skin Two magazine. She called in rubber fashion shoots incl from Katy Perry and helped shape the iconic rubber fetish fashion publication featuring erotica, fetish art interviews, rubber club reviews and journalism. She is also a writer & has edited two books of short stories including Portsmouth Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups supported by Arts Council England and Octomorphosis. Visit tessaditner.com.

Session 4 – 2.45- 4pm

The Short Story from idea to submission – Tutor: Allie Mohlenhoff

This short story workshop will delves into the craft of writing, publishing and performing short stories. It will cover an introduction to the form and what short stories do, look at the process from initial idea to submission stage, where and how to publish your writing. Allie will also share her experiences of being part of the live literary scene in New York, and give you tips and ideas on performing your work in your unique voice.

Sunday 1st of July

The Richmond Workshops

Book your tickets here: https://richmondwriters.eventbrite.com

Session 1 – 11-12.15

Writing for Children – Growing ideas into Saleable Manuscripts – Tutor: Charlotte Maslen
In this interactive workshop you’ll discover the difference between a good idea and a saleable concept. You’ll discover what agents and publishers are really looking for in a manuscript and you’ll write a short pitch for your novel. Bring your idea and a creative mindset.
Charlotte Maslen is a children’s book editor for The Golden Egg Academy. She works closely with authors, helping them prepare their manuscripts for submission to agents and publishers. Charlotte has many years experience editing and writing fiction and non-fiction. She holds an MA in Creative Writing, a BA in English Literature & an Editing for Children certification.

Session 2 – 12.15-1.30

The Short Story from Idea to Submission – Tutor: Allie Mohlenhoff

This short story workshop will delves into the craft of writing, publishing and performing short stories. It will cover an introduction to the form and what short stories do, look at the process from initial idea to submission stage, where and how to publish your writing. Allie will also share her experiences of being part of the live literary scene in New York, and give you tips and ideas on performing your work in your unique voice.

Allie Moh is NYC born and raised but has been a Londoner for 10 years and counting. She specializes in short stories after obtaining her MA in Creative Writing. She has been published in 3AM Magazine, Litro and Open Pen. She was a regular at Bodega Monthly, a live literary event in Brooklyn, NYC. She is currently working on her debut collection of short stories and two screenplays. Visit alliemoh.com

Session 3 – 1.30-2.45

How to Write Commercial Fiction- Tutor: Emma Garcia

In this interactive workshop we will begin to flesh out your story ideas into a plot and consider the aspects of fiction that make for an engaging, unputdownable novel with commercial appeal.

Emma Garcia is a writer of commercial fiction and children’s picture books. Her debut novel Never Google Heartbreak has been translated into thirteen languages and the second novel OMG Baby! the story’s sequel is out now (both by Hodder). She has also written and illustrated a series of picture books for young children published by Boxer Books. Visit emmagarcia.co.uk

Session 4 – 2.45-4

Talk & Journaling Workshop – ‘Document That’ –  Tutor: D.R. Shaw

D.R. Shaw will speak on the power of documenting life through the journal. She will discuss the journal’s role in creative living and explore it as a cornerstone to a healthy writing practice. The session will include writing exercises, so please bring a pen and paper.

D.R. Shaw is a London based multidisciplinary artist with a background in international journalism, film and portraiture. Her current practice encompasses short and long-form fiction, creative non-fiction, script-writing and sound design. Her most recent work investigates the notion of the ‘sound of the story’ in the form of an audio collection of short stories with accompanying soundscapes. www.danielleshaw.co.uk

 

Image details: The Thames at Richmond with The Old Royal Palace. Flemish School. For more info see: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-thames-at-richmond-with-the-old-flemish-school.html

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