There are a wide range of writing workshops at this year’s BookFest. Workshops will be hosted on Zoom. Please book in advance as spaces are limited.

Monday 15th February

7pm

Zoom

FREE – Please book your ticket at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com – search for ‘T’articulation’

Pepping up performance prose- a T’articulation workshop

An evening with T’Articulation to help you refine your written work for a pitch-perfect performance.

Prose for performance needs to be immediately vivid and accessible, and weave a story in a way that springs to life for the listener. The relationship with a live audience is subtly different from the relationship with a reader, and you can also help yourself by writing passages that slip off the tongue with impact and fluency. In this workshop, led by Vin Adams, seasoned members of T’Articulation will focus on the key characteristics of performance prose and help you explore techniques for writing new work or adapting existing pieces. Participants will be encouraged to ‘read out’ at various stages of the workshop and invited to perform at T’Articulation’s Writes of Spring open mic section (bookable on Eventbrite)

Any participation in public readings is entirely voluntary.

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Tuesday 16th February

2.30pm

Zoom

FREE – places strictly limited please book in advance

Looking at ways to use Art to inspire creative writing: with Eileen Phyall

During the workshop we will explore how art can inspire creative writing. Modern and Classic Art examples will be used as prompts for both poetry and stories. Using examples from Portsmouth Museum we can link past and present, fiction and fact.

A further session after the workshop will be offered to give participants a chance to read and share their finished work.

Eileen lives in Southsea, she enjoys writing and performing short stories and poetry. She is a member of Pens of the Earth, Portsmouth Writer’s Hub, Front Room Word and a member and performer of T’Articulation.
Eileen has written for projects across the city such as the 200th celebration of Dickens and the Gallipoli Centenary. Her poem the Dockyard Gate was made into short film for the DarkSide PortSide trail.
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Tuesday 16th February

7pm

£3 – places strictly limited please book in advance

Zoom

Start, Write, Submit – Short Story writing

An informative and engaging two hour long workshop for those who have little experience of creative writing, aimed at wakening the writing muscleusing imagination freely, accessing all the senses, with the use of exercises, writing prompts and props.  Participants will be encouraged to try their hand at writing a short story.

The workshops will be led by Jackie Green, author and previous winner and runner-up of the Portsmouth Short Story Competition, and Christine Lawrence, author, regular contributor to Portsmouths Star and Crescent and creative writing workshop facilitator.  Both Jackie and Christine are founders of TArticulation – Portsmouths spoken word troupe and are active members of Portsmouth Writers Hub.  They are experienced in working in community projects which include Portsmouth Unplugged, Dark City and the Writing Edward King Project.

 

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Wednesday 17th February

7pm

Zoom

FREE

Helping you finish your book and know what to do with it!

Do you have a half-completed novel you’d love to finish? Or a finished novel that you’re not sure what to do with? Let us help you take the next step along the road to watching that novel leave the nest.

In this panel we’ll cover:

Ways to get that unfinished manuscript over the line, without it fizzling out.

The common mistakes that authors make in their first—and subsequent!—drafts and how to rectify these.

What options you have when your story is complete and next steps for making the most of them.

We’ve considerable experience to offer, not just as published authors (traditionally, Indie and self-published): among us we’ve been on acquisition teams for anthologies, read and assessed manuscripts for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme and have led many panels and training events for writers.

Sue Brown: Cranky middle-aged author with an addiction for coffee, and a passion for romancing two guys.

Charlie Cochrane: Charlie writes both romances and mysteries. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie regularly appears at literary festivals and at reader and author conferences, including with The Deadly Dames.

Liam Livings: Liam is an award-shortlisted gay romance novelist, creative writing tutor, ghostwriter and RNA member. His fiction focuses on friendship, British humour, and romance with plenty of sparkle.

Clare London: Clare is an award-winning author of novels and short stories, with publishers and self-published. A member of the RNA, the Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

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4 weeks: Sat 20, 27 Feb & 6, 13 March, 10-11.30 am £40 (£20 concs) whole course: please book your ticket at www.wegottickets.com/event/509116

Zoom

Write Your Novel

Updated info: william-sutton.co.uk/workshops 

Gain a clearer idea of how to write your book.

Four sessions cover Ideas, Characters, Plot & Settings, Edits & Selling.

Aimed at committed writers of all ages, these sessions are run in a friendly, informal atmosphere by published novelist, William Sutton, helping you to set realistic aims, explode myths and get down to writing.

Reviews:

“Thought-provoking: dynamic and inspiring.” 

“Enjoyed engaging with others and writing exercises with the buzzer.” 

“Very interesting – could’ve been 10 weeks and I’d still be coming back for more.”

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Take Your Novel Further
6 weeks: every Sat 20 Feb -27 March, 12-1.30 pm  

£60 (£30 concs) whole course: please book your ticket at www.wegottickets.com/event/509118 

Zoom

 

Updated info: william-sutton.co.uk/workshops

 

Aimed at writers who have a clear idea for a book (fiction, autobiography or non-fiction), or a draft, full or partial, and want to develop their understanding of the further complexities of writing:  

- writing techniques: plotting, characterisation, narrative voice

- paragraphs, dialogue, sentences, vocabulary

- structure, redrafting, using feedback constructively

- copy editing, line editing, proofreading

- submitting to agents, publishers, competitions and editors

- the writing industry, and how to fathom it

Reviews:

 “Content perfectly paced – inspirational and thought-provoking.”
“Engaging and so supportive.”
“I’ve since mapped out characters and the plot.”
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Sunday 21st February

20 minute sessions – places strictly limited

Zoom

“Charity Write” @ Bookfest 2021 with Lynne Stretch

This one to one session will need to be pre booked between 12 and 4 pm. Please supply contact details so Lynne can arrange a time for your individual session nearer the date.

This short twenty minute session will give you lots of information on how to use your written work (a novel, short stories or poems) to support a chosen charity. This one to one session will take place at Southsea library, (face to face if possible), but it can also be booked virtually.

An information sheet will be available to guide you through the process of producing your own book, which will be sold with all proceeds to charity. The leaflet will cover all the steps you need to consider…

  • Approaching your chosen charity.
  • Securing support to fundraise for printing costs.
  • Editing, proofreading and preparing your work for the first draft.
  • Designing your cover and book lay out.
  • Selling your book at appropriate venue

(fetes, fayres or requesting a table at library events.)

Having recently completed a book for the Rainbow Trust Charity, Lynne would like to help you use your written work to support a charity of your choice.

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Sunday 21st February

7pm

Zoom

FREE – Please book your ticket at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com – search for ‘T’articulation’

Going on vocation; exploring work-related travel writing (+workshop)

A cosy sofa chat, with authors who travel to write or write for travel – followed by a workshop on honing those same skills more locally.

We will meet Tom Sykes and friends, including the wonderful Anne Paton-Cragg, on the T’Articulation sofa — where we’ll delve into their travel-writing practices, both here and abroad. We’ll hear exciting and dramatic stories, as well as testimony on the calm of exotic places, and of finding humour in the mundane.

The inspirational chat session will be followed by a series of workshopped prompts, led by Tom who lectures in Creative Writing and Journalism at the university.

Those taking part in the workshop will be invited to read their work at a further event the following week. (Tickets for that event can also be booked at Eventbrite).

Dr Tom Sykes has written for Bradt Travel; had numerous articles in Private Eye and other periodicals both in print and online; a full-length book of investigative journalism, The Realm of the Punisher, was published last year. Tom is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

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Monday 22nd February

1-3pm

Zoom

£3 – places strictly limited to allow for social distancing- please book in advance

Writing crime fiction with Carol Westron

This short workshop will consider the different sub genres of crime writing and discuss what information is required to embark on writing your crime novel, or how to continue and edit if you have already written part or all of your book. We will explore how to grab the reader’s attention in the first line and how to introduce the main character and setting in the first page.

Please bring writing materials or laptop as we will write a few opening paragraphs.

 

Carol Westron is the author of contemporary crime novels and Victorian Murder Mysteries; she is a creative writing teacher and an expert on the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

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Monday 22nd February

7pm

Zoom

FREE – Please book your ticket at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com – search for ‘T’articulation’

Portsmouth women and the walk of shame: an archive materials poetry workshop

Archive materials used in this workshop will include rarely seen court testimony, newspaper clippings, and extracts from hand-written ledgers giving accounts of girls in need of rescue. There are pitiful stories and some of defiance, not all end well. All, though, add rich colour to the grubby streets of Portmouth’s past. If you enjoy social, or local, history and like to write, as a beginner or someone more proficient, this workshop is for you. Participants will be invited to read their work at T’Aticulation’s An Evening of Poetry, early in March. You can book your tickets for that event at Eventbrite.

This event is offered by Richard Peirce and Amanda Garrie, two of T’Articulation’s founder members. Richard is a long-time local poet, well known on the open mic circuit in the city. He appeared regularly with Tongues and Grooves and The Front Room. Amanda was Portsmouth City Council’s Library and Archive Service ‘Poet in Residence‘ (2019), under the umbrella of the Arts Council funded City of Stories. She has special permission to use some of the materials she researched during that term, to bring you this event. Both Richard and Amanda are teachers by profession; they are each published in the areas of poetry and prose and both tutored for City of Stories.

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Tuesday 23rd February

7pm-8pm

Zoom

£3

How To Pick The Right Genre For Your Novel (AND WHY YOUR SALES DEPEND ON IT): with Naomi Lloyd

You have spent months – or more likely years – writing your first book. It’s written, edited, re-drafted and re-edited again and now you are finally ready to share it with the world.

The big question now is: who will want to read it?

And by that, I’m not asking you to question if it’s any good. You’ve poured your heart and soul into achieving this huge milestone. There are readers out there who will enjoy your book. You just have to make sure you put it in front of the right people.

What I am really asking is this: who will enjoy the type of story you have written? Or more specifically, what is the main genre?

Knowing the answer to this is key to getting your story read by thousands of people all over the world versus a few friends and family. It is the difference between success and obscurity.

Join local Sci-Fi & Fantasy author, Naomi E Lloyd, to discover the tricks to adopt and some trips to avoid in the world of publishing and book marketing.

Ideal for all writers who are plotting their book or who are getting ready to market it.

Naomi E Lloyd is a local author and photographer from Southsea. Her published work includes three books in The Tandro Series (A Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy), and Death Kiss (An Adult Dark Fantasy) due to be published in early 2021.

www.naomielloyd.com

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Wednesday 24th February

10am

Zoom

£3 (FREE to Leisure Card holders)

Poetry for wellbeing with Kathryn Bevis

Would you like the chance to write a poem in order to express where you’re coming from and what matters to you? Led by Hampshire Laureate, Kathryn Bevis, this is will be a live, online workshop for you both to explore the work of contemporary poets and to create an original poem you’ll be proud to call your own. Suitable for absolute beginners and more experienced/confident poets alike. Come prepared to play!

Kathryn Bevis is Hampshire Poet Laureate and founder of The Writing School in Winchester (www.thewritingschool.co.uk).  In 2019, she won the Poets & Players and Against the Grain competitions, and was shortlisted for the Nine Arches Primers scheme. She is working towards her first collection.

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Monday 1st March

7pm

Zoom

£3 – places strictly limited

Writing for competitions with Jackie Green and Christine Lawrence

A fun, informative and engaging two hour long workshop for those who have little experience of creative writing, aimed at wakening the writing muscleusing imagination freely, accessing all the senses, with the use of exercises, writing prompts and props.  Participants will be encouraged to explore the art of entering their work into competitions.

The workshops will be led by Jackie Green, author and previous winner and runner-up of the Portsmouth Short Story Competition, and Christine Lawrence, author, regular contributor to Portsmouths Star and Crescent and creative writing workshop facilitator.  Both Jackie and Christine are founders of TArticulation – Portsmouths spoken word troupe and are active members of Portsmouth Writers Hub.  They are experienced in working in community projects which include Portsmouth Unplugged, Dark City and the Writing Edward King Project.

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