fiction

Dastardly Plots: making plot work in fiction

Dastardly Plots: making plot work in fiction

A workshop at Winchester Discovery Centre Saturday 23rd November. 10am – 4pm, £25 (£22.50 concessions) When you”re learning to write, plotting can be one of the hardest thing to master. In fact, many of my students say plotting is what they most want to learn: how to finish the pieces they”ve started, or maybe get(…)

Secrets of Agents: or how to get in with the Smiley People

Secrets of Agents: or how to get in with the Smiley People

On Tuesday, I went to two talks – one by literary agent, one by an author – and I was delighted to spend several hours learning very little. I wouldn’t often say that was time well spent, but this was an exception. I don’t mean the speakers were bad; quite the reverse. First Louise Burns,(…)

It’s A Steal: some thoughts on ‘finding yourself’ as a writer

I spent an enjoyable and thought-provoking evening last night at the Hampshire Writers’ Society. I was invited as the warm-up act, giving a brief plug for the Writing Hampshire project, which is going strong: over 100 poems now, and more coming in all the time. Next I hope we can get 200 poems, including more(…)

New Workshops for Autumn in Winchester and Gosport

  The days are getting shorter and the mornings colder, and the thoughts of children and adults everywhere are turning to new classes.  So I thought I’d mention the workshops that I’ve got lined up for the autumn. I’ve had the chance to put together a bonanza bunch at Winchester and Gosport Discovery Centres, and I’m very(…)

13 Authors in Search of their Characters: ‘Making Characters’ day at Winchester Discovery Centre

  Thank you very much to the 13 enthusiastic, hard-working, and lively writers who voluntarily spent 6 hours trapped in a room with me last Saturday – learning as much as I could cram in about characters for fiction. This was my second fiction workshop at Winchester DC (after my Flash Fiction workshop in December),(…)