Previous Speakers and Workshops 

The Speaker evenings are scheduled for the final Wednesday of each month at 7pm. They are also open to non-students please contact us via the website.

 

NOVEMBER 2nd 2013

WRITING ROMANCE WORKSHOP

with SALLY QUILFORD


We were thrilled to welcome back Sally Quilford, who led a one day workshop on The Recipe For Making Love Stories. 

Sally is the author of eleven DC Thomson Pocket Novels (to date), and covered the following topics:

The hero and heroine
The conflict
'Getting to Know You'
The pivotal moment 
The black moment 
The Happy Ever After/Happy For Now Ending

Sally's workshops are well worth attending if you get the opportunity. 

Find out more about Sally herehttp://quillersplace.wordpress.com/

  

 

September 2013 Guest Speaker

Tom Hart Dyke 

Our speaker this month was Tom Hart Dyke, writer and designer of The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle.

Tom is a popular speaker and we welcomed him back to The Write Place for the second time to update us on news of The World Garden and also his writing life.

http://www.tomhartdyke.co.uk/

http://www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk/tom-hart-dykes-blog.html

 

 

 January 2013 Guest Speaker

Peter Jones:

    How To Do Everything And Be Happy 

 

On 30th January 2013 we were visited by Peter Jones, not the owner of a posh London store or the entrepreneur on Dragon's Den, but the author of How To Do Everything and Be Happy. Peter spoke to us about his writing and how he came to write this best seller. Everyone who sends a photo to Peter of his book, either holding it or on a shelf at home, gets a free badge, so members of The Write Place couldn't resist having this photo taken with Peter.

 

 

                                                              

   

NOVEMBER 3rd 2012

WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION WORKSHOP

with JEAN FULLERTON

by Catherine Burrows

 

Saturday 3rd of November was a crisp and cold autumn day - perfect for a spot of time travel with historical novelist Jean Fullerton. Jean come from a nursing / teaching background and under the remit of an NHS Stress Management Course, turned to writing. Ten years later, she has completed five published novels all set within her 'patch' of London, within the sound of the Bow bells. A prominent member of the RNA, Jean is also an official WI speaker and along with her continuing career in nursing, she has many strings to her bow.

So what is an historical novel? It seems the accepted criteria is that it's set in any era pre-1970, which means that the days of many people's childhood or youth can now be classified as historic! A series of exercises sketching out our novel's setting, characters and plot helped the delegates to identify several problems associated with writing an historic novel:-

  • Research and authenticity of facts - steer away from being bogged down in historical facts and minutiae.
  • Dialogue and dialects - don't use forced historical dialogue. It must still be plausible.
  • The problems of describing places you've never visited (don't forget you don't have to visit somewhere to write well about it - after all, nobody has ever visited most historical periods but can write about them with authenticity).
  • Is your research accurate? People remember different things from modern history and even a contemporary novel requires accurate research.
  • Take care when using real historic figures, their place in your novel needs to be plausible and possible.

 

During the course of our discussions, we were reminded that you should pick your chosen historical era with free rein and not to chase bandwagons and fashion. By the time you have written your novel, the latest craze is now history.

Get to know your characters thoroughly so they come alive. Devise a set of questions and interview them about their relationships, careers, hobbies, their goal in life, attitudes, thoughts and motivations. The answers may surprise you and should uncover your character's true voice.

Your heroine is the key to the story. She needs to be a fully drawn character that springs from the very first page. Give her depth and don't be afraid to make her imperfect.

Your hero can't be a brute, bully, chauvinist or cruel. He should step forward and be protective, honest and self-sacrificing. He needn't be a caricature, he must be 3D.

Jean admitted one of her favourite characters were the villains. They are complex characters with an established personal/emotional agenda which drives their actions. Apart from psychopaths, no one is born a villain, so it's fun to uncover what made them this way.

Don't forget that although your characters are historical, your readers are modern. So they need to engage in a realistic and authentic way.

Your characters must:

  • Make an emotional journey.
  • Experience tough times
  • Have defined / conflicting goals
  • Tie together large and personal pictures within the novel.
  • The main characters must have something important in their lives they are in danger of losing.
  • They must have something they want to win.

 

Plot is the key to a successful novel. Things have to happen to make a plot!

Your novel's plot should follow an arc from exposition, through a series of events to a climax, falling action and then resolution and conclusion.

Start by setting your heroine in her time and space. Give her strong character traits and set her at least one or two problems to tackle.

 

Plot Guidelines

·         Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em wait.

            ·        Start with action NOT back story

·         Don't over describe

·         Don't lose sight of your story. Know what has to be told and what is kept back.

·         Be ruthless - keep the pace tight and moving.

·         Check your plot for twists, action, scenes that move the story, no padding and lots of dialogue.

 

Jean finished the workshop by exploring several important principles. Show don't tell is a vital idea. Allow the reader to experience emotions not be told about the character's feelings. Dialogue is a great tool to achieve this outcome.

Keep dialogue plentiful and make sure it sounds real. Accents can be included by using a flavour of local dialect. Don't make your work unreadable though.

Take care not to over write and when editing, get rid of as many adverbs as possible.

Point of view should be consistent. Stick to a single POV in each scene and only use 6- 7 POVs in the entire novel. Your reader needs to get to know your characters well and anymore than this will dilute that vital relationship.

Jean's final words of wisdom were to avoid flying in the face of tradition until you are an established writer, do your research, listen to good advice and get a beta reader or seek a professional critique of your work. Check historic facts by cross checking and for the very best reflection of moments in time, refer to personal diaries.

When you have finished your labour of love, the best thing to do is get on and start your next novel!

At the end of the sessions, it felt like time was playing a trick on us - it all went far too quickly. A fabulous workshop with invaluable advice, great company and a delicious lunch. What more could a writer ask for?

 

 

OCTOBER  2012 GUEST SPEAKER 

JOANNA CZECHOWSKA

Author 

by

Karen Aldous

 

Joanna Czechowska currently has two novels The Black Madonna of Derby 'is her first inspired by a powerful image of an elderly widow which haunted her mind for a long time. She believes it was the influence of her 'beloved Babcia', her paternal grandmother, (her father was a political refugee and in the RAF during the war) who was instrumental in her upbringing here in the English town of Derby. The story centres on a Polish family set in the same area from 1964 to around 1978 and is told from the heart with the warmth and passion she has for her family and her writing. Her sequel entitled  'Sweetest Enemy'continues from the early 1980's at a pivotal time in Polish history when Communism was being overturned and solidarity was giving the people of this eastern European country hope.

Joanna's theme for the evening was the advice she could offer, based on her own experience and journey. She understands the issues of writing in isolation particularly at the time when she began there was very little information available for writers and libraries stock was sparse. Drawing from this knowledge and what she had learned during her writing career she provided some excellent tips which she still employs today in both her novel writing and short stories which she writes for the women's magazine fiction titles. She also works as Chief Sub Editor at Women Magazine for the IPC Group, in London.

It was during her early days in Derby that her instincts to write emerged; she was just eight years old when she wrote her first story so that fertile imagination was already beginning to sew its first seeds of success. With limited opportunity to pursue writing whilst at school or college; mainly through lack of courses for creative writing, she studied history at university before starting her career in magazines. Her path was non-fiction; film reviews, travel articles for magazines such as Ms. London, which was then, a free London magazine read by virtually every commuter at the time. The press trips took her to places less travelled then, Egypt for example. Her next attempt at a novel was two chapters which she wrote in a week and then kept in a drawer for the next twenty years!

However, like many of us, that overwhelming desire to write hadn't diminished and Joanna, after some time abroad working on an ex-pat magazine, returned and worked again for UK titles such as Best magazine. Whilst there, she was fortunate enough to meet and instantly become inspired by a name many of us know well, prolific short story extraordinaire Gabrielle Mullarkey. Gabrielle's talent became infectious and Joanna was soon enrolled on a Creative writing course at Birkbeck College.

The feedback on her first short story was so encouraging not only from the tutor but from the class; her confidence and enthusiasm exploded. There was much to do and learn. The course taught her to seek out her 'own story' her USP (Unique Selling Point) which took a while she confesses. She tried writing a history of her beloved Derbyshire, somewhere she knew well, using her research skills to dig out historical documents but, she says 'nothing happened.' She had all the information but felt a key element was missing; she needed to be 'writing something where something happens.' It was this that led her to 'kill this darling' and bring out her USP, her own Polish immigrant story.

Once written and edited and rewritten and re-edited, she sent her manuscript to Cornerstones and, with an encouraging report, then pursued agents and publishers from the Writers and Artist Yearbook, sending it out again and again. Then her cousin in Gdansk, herself a novelist got to read it. This was in 2005. Immediately impressed by the work, she said she would translate it and find a publisher in Poland. She did and it was entitled, 'Goodbye Polsko'and in 2006. It was published coinciding with Poland joining the EU; perfect timing!

Joanna did a promotional tour of Poland and was interviewed by national newspapers in England. It sold very well to Poles in England and Joanna was delighted it touched so many hearts. She received emails from school friends and people from her home town and even from people who knew her father, ex-RAF, the Catholic community and even Celebrities. Actress, Rula Lenska offered to read the audio version and Marina Lewycka of A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine fame, contacted her to congratulate her.

So, the satisfaction of seeing her work in print has made it all worthwhile and, she believes it was those key ingredients she found along the way that she can now put it down to and thus, the advice she can now offer:

  • The USP
  • Writing from the heart
  • Killing your darlings
  • NOT putting your Work away in a drawer
  • Finding your voice.

 She cannot define style easily but she says 'you know when you find it, like your voice.' Her favourite line is from the film Amadeus, when Mozart* says 'Why implant the desire for music in me when I don't have the talent.' Hard work, discipline and persistence are necessary but she values another key ingredient too; creativity. To build confidence and create ideas, she recommends her favourite exercise, walking. Like Stephen King and Charles Dickens she finds walking a huge benefit to improve her writing. Apart from the fresh air and obvious health benefits, it helps her to generate and form ideas for her writing. So keep her advice in mind because it has been paramount to her success. Joanna is keen to keep her fires burning, creating characters who feel very real to her readers; making them keep turning those pages and engaging with a fictional world of the human spirit; fun and laughter as well as fear and tragedy.

*All I wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing... and then made me mute. Why? Tell me that. If He didn't want me to praise him with music, why implant the desire? Like a lust in my body! And then deny me the talent?

Mozart 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2012 GUEST SPEAKER

ELIZABETH HAYNES

Author 

by

Linda Tovey

 

When Elizabeth Haynes, author of critically acclaimed bestsellers, Into the Darkest Corner and  Revenge of the Tide, came to talk to the students at The Write Place on Wednesday September 27th, one of the things she said was that she "still doesn't feel like a proper writer".

By this point, however, she'd already talked about how her third book,Human Remains, will be published in February 2013 and of her plans to write her fifth book, for publication under a new deal with a larger publisher, during November 2012, so it was easy enough for her audience to believe that she is, indeed, a proper writer.

November is, of course, National Novel Writing Month: writers all over the world sign up for free at the NaNoWriMo website to accept the challenge to write 50,000 words in thirty days.

Elizabeth's potted history of her own Nano experience revealed that every one of the five books for which she has a publishing deal was started to fulfil that challenge. While she is by no means the only author to have a Nano novel published - others include Erin Morgernstern, Sara Gruen and Julia Crouch - she says that she is unusual in that she continues to sign up in November to give her the impetus to write. For her, it has been such a successful scheme that she became the Kent Municipal Liaison for Nanowrimo 2011 and will reprise the role this year. It was in this guise that she came to encourage The Write Place writers and would-be writers to benefit from the great communal spirit that inspires people worldwide to sit down and write.

When asked about the best way to approach the task of writing 1667 words a day for four weeks, Elizabeth replied that in the end, you have to find your own way. She is not a planner: she has the germ of an idea, starts writing and carries on for as long as she can.

It doesn't always go exactly to plan. On her initial attempt in 2005, she eventually abandoned her first 10,000 words and started over again with a story about a serial killer - modelled on her unpopular boss - and reached the target word count on November 30thwith a terrific sense of achievement. She emphasised that backing up your work during the month is important. She lost 20,000 of those words in a hard drive failure two weeks later.

The point is to have a place to start on November 1st. The website is renewed in October every year but anyone can sign up anytime. Once registered, writers can participate in the Nanowrimo forums and take advantage of other people's ideas to spur them on. You can adopt plots, characters and good lines and make them your own - Elizabeth's third book begins with an adopted first line that she couldn't resist. Another tip is that crossover crime fiction, particularly stories with a supernatural element such as theRivers of Londonseries by Ben Aaronovitch, are becoming popular.

It is common advice, which suggests that it's worth noting, but she advocated carrying a notebook at all times. Immersing yourself in a story will generate random ideas that should be written down when they arise. Elaine Everest, Director of The Write Place, who has taken part before, suggested jotting story ideas on index cards to provide a ready resource throughout November.

Writing so many words in a short space of time inevitably leaves little opportunity for editing. Save everything you write, don't abandon it, and return to it later. What you need to do in November is just keep writing: if you get stuck, jump over the sticking point and carry on.

Elizabeth advises leaving whatever is written in November alone during December. January is official editing month. On revisiting her own manuscripts, she has always been surprised by the quality of some of her passages, even if she doesn't actually remember writing them.

It is possible to cheat, of course, but ultimately pointless. Nano Writers can enter their daily word counts on-line to chart their progress. In the last days of November, those who have reached the target are invited to paste the text onto the site to have the word count verified, in order to be designated a "winner". Since that text should be encrypted before submission, for example using the 'find and replace' function on Word, nobody reads it anyway. Even so, Elizabeth always spots people who claim to have written 600,000 words in the first day.

Her own best word count for a single day was 12,000 words on November 30th 2012. On a bad day she does nothing and warns that it is easy to get behind. She is currently having a career break to write full time, but taking a week off work in November has seemed a treat in the past and was invaluable in achieving her target.

Once the story is done, the real work begins. Nanowrimo makes Elizabeth write because she does better with a deadline and but she spends much of the rest of the year editing. To be published, authors need contacts and publicity. While acknowledging that online social networking sites are invaluable, Into The Darkest Corner was published because she sent it to somebody whose writing course she had attended in the past; he was impressed enough to send it off to a publisher without telling her. She regularly attends publishing events, such as book festivals in York and Harrogate, and laughingly admits to being intimidated by romantic fiction writers.

For her, one of the best bits about being in print is the opportunity to indulge her own appetite for reading crime fiction by reviewing unpublished works. It is a chore to read manuscripts she would otherwise put down, but she has recently come across several brilliant books. Her recommendation for Crossbones Yard by Kate Rhodes will appear at the top of the US hardback edition. It was then that she admitted she might be a proper author, after all.

Elizabeth's enthusiasm for Nanowrimo, and for writing generally, was inspiring. It was good to know that she will be organising events in Kent throughout November to encourage local writers, and will be available as a writing buddy online, under the name 'Cosmic the Cat.' It is time she will give for free as Nanowrimo is a non-profit organisation, but she highlighted that donations, used to fund various global literacy projects, are welcome.

The ideal is to write one complete story during Nanowrimo but at least one of The Write Place students wanted to become a 'Nano Rebel', using November to write a stock of short stories. Other people write non-fiction and poetry. However it's done, the challenge is simply this: write 50,000 words in November. Good Luck!

 

 

JULY 2012 GUEST SPEAKER 

ADAM BAMBOROUGH

of the 42nd Street Theatre Company 

 by

Rosemary Goodacre

 

Wednesday 18th July was Speaker Night at The Write Place, when we welcomed Adam Bamborough to give us advice on scriptwriting.

Although this was our last evening meeting until September, several of us were looking forward to attending the Writers' Holiday at Caerleon. 

Our speaker, Adam Bamborough, has experience as an actor and producer and is one of the team of 10 who run 42nd Street Theatre Company, which encourages new writers of plays, both full length and shorter.

He began with valuable advice about submissions. They should include the full play, a synopsis (which in this case need not reveal the ending), a breakdown of characters and a covering letter. Correct layout must be used; beware of e-mail submission spoiling it.

42nd Street will normally read the entire play. They expect a strong story line and characters to whom the audience will relate. Bad language and graphic sex scenes are generally unwelcome. Writers need some knowledge of the stage and awareness of theatre limitations.

42nd Street try to decide on a submission in two months, less than other companies. When they reject a play they like to give helpful feedback.

If the company are interested they meet the writer to discuss the play, and could still reject it if the author proves difficult. Much work may still need doing and they try to be sensitive if the writer has other commitments. They discuss the set, costumes, acting, music and marketing. The play is pitched to theatre companies.

Eventually the lucky writer may receive a contract and an up-front fee. Adam's company casts the play and normally the writer attends some rehearsals and is consulted about any major changes. The company usually holds performing rights for a year.

We all enjoyed Adam's talk and his readiness to answer our questions. We were impressed by 42nd Street's welcoming attitude to new writers.

 

Website:http://the42ndtheatrecompany.com     

(follow the link for submission guidelines.)

E-mail: literary@the42ndtheatrecompany.com

 

 

WORKSHOP

 

WRITING WORKSHOP  WITH SUE MOORCROFT 

Author 

 by

Natalie Kleinman

 

Members of The Write Place, Dartford, were lucky enough to benefit from a full day's workshop presented by Sue Moorcroft novelist, short story writer, creative writing tutor, competition judge and columnist.

Concentrating initially on short stories Sue gave the following formula. There are three elements: Establish your central character and Problem or Conflict in the first two lines, together with genre and point of view (the Voice)Secondly, move your story forward to the turning point, black moment or epiphany. This is known as the Pivotal Moment. The final element, Resolution, solves the conflict and completes the story. Put another way: Puzzle, Key and Revelation.

Sue went on to give a breakdown of Point of View and the advantages or otherwise of telling a story in (a) the first person - good impact but lacking inside knowledge of other characters, (b) the second person - rarely used and difficult to achieve successfully and (c) the third person - deep third person where the readersees scenes through the viewpoint character, or omniscient third person, perhaps too deity-like.

Additional advice - keep the story tight. Cut then cut again. For greater impact don't use five words where two will do.

Attendees had each brought a magazine and were invited to analyse the content and judge the readership's age and preference. Market study is imperative in order to learn what publications want from the writer. The editor knows what works and will not change it for the benefit of the contributor. Wordcount is of paramount importance. Stick to what is required.

Be cheerful. Readers want to be entertained not reminded of their aches and ailments. Make your story happy and uplifting. The magazine short story should provide a feel good factor, a sense of satisfaction.

With such an input of information sustenance was required to keep everyone going. This was provided in abundance by Elaine Everest and Francesca Burgess who together run The Write Place Creative Writing School (www.thewriteplace.org.uk/) at the Mick Jagger Centre. What a talented pair though as yet neither is prepared to forego the pen for the pinafore.

Altogether an absorbing and rewarding day. 

 

 

JUNE 2012 GUEST SPEAKER

JACQUELINE BURNS 

Literary Agent 

by

SUZANNE MCCRINDLE

 

Jacqueline Burns, Literary agent, Author, co-founder of London Writers Club, gave a lively, interesting, informative talk at The Write Place Creative Writing School in Dartford Kent on June 27th. Down to earth (brought up in Australia); she spoke frankly about her academic background and career as a Commissioning Editor for Random House and Harper Collins. Her own books cover women's fiction to personal development and business.

Her core recommendations for a saleable story were (notably she liked it set it in South-East Asia- so my next one will be in Vietnam) to:

 

  • know the "Voice" (the character telling it)
  • be clear about the "Concept" (the soul)
  • have a strong setting
  • have a clear selling point (why publish this now?)
  • a good beginning-no prologue
  • good chapter endings
  • have a reason for everything there
  • know where your story starts and finishes
  • have a title that captures the essence of the book

 

She was also able to entertainingly enlighten the group about the Editorial publishing process as well as advice on how to pitch to agents. Apparently cakes are a good move.

 

  • More serious recommendations were:
  • talk about your book in person/ by phone
  • to have a strong line for what it is about - the guts of it-main character/their direction
  • be able to talk about your next submission

 

She gave interesting advice on how to turn your friends and family into critics. Ask several to listen to your work but ask them each to concentrate on a specific aspect-character, dialogue, description.

London Writers Club meets monthly in Farringdon. It is a networking medium for agents and writers to meet rather a creative writing class.

http://www.londonwritersclub.com

The Write Place meets weekly Wednesday evenings at the Mick Jagger Centre Dartford. "Write a Novel" is 17:30-19:30 and "Get Writing" 19:30-21:30, looking every aspect of creative writing for all levels of writers. Elaine and Francesca run a friendly and supportive group of both men and women who span a good age range and discussion is animated and new students are always welcome.

http://www.thewriteplace.org.uk/


 

 

 NOVEMBER 30th 2011 GUEST SPEAKER

LISEMARIE LAMB

Author 

 

Our speaker in November was author Lisamarie Lamb.

Here, Lisamarie tells us abou her writing life:

I have a blog (http://www.themoonlitdoor.blogspot.com) and I talk about all sorts of writing related things on there. I also post pieces of flash fiction.

I was five when I wrote my first short story - it involved a car going over a cliff, Jessica Fletcher and the Phantom Raspberry Blower. It didn't have much of a plot (he did it, she solved it) but it did have rather colourful (crayon) illustrations and it did make me realise that writing was for me. 

At 12 I wrote my first novel during the school summer holidays. Loosely based on the Famous Five, with a bit of James Bond thrown in, it was an adventure story and my English teacher made me read some of it out in class. And that's when I realised that I wanted people to hear my stories and read my work. 

Over the intervening years, I have written various short stories, plays, poems and novels in different genres, including romance and children's books. My first novel, Mother's Helper, is out now, as well as a collection of short stories entitled 'Some Body's At The Door'. I have been chosen to appear in various anthologies due to be published between now and June 2012. The first of these is Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls, which is available through Amazon, and which includes my short story, 'Mr Doll'. I'm a little bit addicted to submitting to these collections, and have a file with at least ten more anthologies that I need to write for!

I promise I'm better at plots now, and I use my own characters, but the excitement, fun and just a little wonder are still there. My crayon skills have not improved.

 

OCTOBER 26th 2011 GUEST SPEAKER


JEAN FULLERTON

Historical Author 


Our speaker this month was author Jean Fullerton.

Jean has recently won the Festival of Romance's Reader's Award for the Best Historical Read.

Jean grew up in the East End of London, a city she is very proud of. This, combined with her love of history, led her on the path to writing historical novels set in London and particularly the East End. Her third novel Perhaps Tomorrow is due out shortly, with another (Hold on to Hope) in the pipeline for 2012.


 


The Speaker evenings are scheduled for the final Wednesday of each month at 7pm. They are also open to non-studentsplease contact us via the website.

                                                              

 

 

 September 2011 

Debbie Viggiano 

Author 

 

 

Our Speaker this month was author Debbie Viggiano. Debbie spoke about her efforts to get published and what she had learned along the way.

Debbie's website: www.debbieviggiano.com

 

 

April 20th 2011


Linda Regan

Author and actress 

 


Our speaker this month is author and actress Linda Regan. Linda will be well known to viewers of television programmes such as Hi De Hi and has carved herself a new career as a successful crime writer. 



  

 

February 23rd 2011

Jessica Ruston

Author 


Writer Jessica Ruston joined us this month to tell us how she started writing blockbusters. We were all interested to hear how she organises her writing and her time, along with something of the publishing process. 


Find out more about Jessica at: 

http://jessicaruston.com/ 



 




January 26th 2011

Tom Hart Dyke

Author


A lively evening was spent with Tom Hart Dyke as he regaled us with his time as a hostage of guerillas in Central America, an event which led to his book Cloud Garden (with Paul Winder). We also heard something of his project, the World Garden, featured on BBC Two's Save Lullingstone Castle,  and from which came his book An Englishman's Home.


Read more about Tom's exploits and the World Garden on the website:


http://www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk/ 


 

 




November 24th 2010

Fiona Harper

Mills and Boon Author 


Fiona Harper, award winning Harlequin Mills & Boon was our speaker this month. She spoke non stop to an audience who all left determined to write for this famous publishing house!


 http://www.fionaharper.com/index.htm

 

 




November 20th 2010

Lynne Hackles

Author 


We had a great day with Lynne Hackles at our Writing Short Stories for the Magazine Market workshop. She helped generate plenty of ideas and we all left feeling enthusiastic. A wonderful tonic for a miserable autumn day.


http://www.lynnehackles.com/

 

 

 

 



October 27th 2010

Lesley Cookman

Author 


Well known crime author Lesley Cookman travelled to Dartford and chatted about how she came to her life of crime - crime writing that is! Students were enthralled as she explained about her writing life and her publishing history. A selection of books were purchased by students.


Read more about Lesley on her website:


 www.lesleycookman.co.uk

 

September 29th 2010

Christopher Fowler                                                                          Author 

Renowned author Christopher Fowler attended The Write Place this month and students and guests enjoyed his tales of his writing life along with wise words of advice for those setting out on their writing adventure.


For more information about Christopher:


http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/

 

 

 



May 2010

Keith Skinner and Alan Moss

Authors and historical crime researchers 

 

It was great to meet Keith Skinner and his colleague, Alan Moss at Speaker's night on May 26th. Keith and Alan thrilled us with interesting tales of life in the Yard, the trials of a writer turned historical researcher and innumerable tips on how to make our crime stories factually accurate. Our guests proudly discussed their book, 'The Scotland Yard Files'.(National Archives, 2006). We received so much positive feedback after the talk, the evening certainly seemed to strike a chord. We look forward to a plethora of who-dunnits from The Write Place students now.

 

                  

"Very good for any one interested in writing crime fiction. Alan Moss was very interesting with his vast knowledge of police procedures" - June Crowe.

 



April 2010

Ghost Connection


April's Speaker's Night was a great reminder of how valuable these evenings are for writers. Nobody sat through the fascinating evening without shivering, shuddering or looking over their shoulder at least once during the evening. We all went home with ghosts, poltergeists, sounds and even fraud on our minds. The four intrepid investigators from Ghost Connections entertained us with their anecdotes, views, research and spooky sound recordings. An unforgettable evening.

                            

 




February 2010

Vivian Akinpelu

Publisher 


This month, we welcomed Vivian Akinpelu from Pneuma Springs Publishing to the Write Place. Vivian gave an illuminating and interesting talk that traced the history of their company from a gap that was identified in the publishing industry to their current success and future philosophy

                                                        

 




William Beadle from The Whitechapel Society 1888 .

"I found him very interesting with a wide knowledge of his subject. He made me want to find out more which I was able to via the internet" - June Crowe.

 


 

Crime writer Yvonne Hughes

 

 

 


 

Writer & journalist, Joanna Czechowska

 

 

 


 

Writer & journalist, Kelly Rose Bradford

 

 


 


Penn Press

 

 

 


Pulp Fiction Author Danny Hogan

 

 

 


 

A One Day Travel Writing Workshop with Cindy-Lou Dale

 

 

Delegates comments:

"Cindy Lou Dale - Cindy's enthusiasm and commitment to her  craft cannot be doubted.  She gave a lot of information and detailed presentation.  I only wish I had her ability to persuade people to let me use their top-of-the-range car!" - Joanna Whisker.

 


A One Day Journalism and Life Writing Workshop with Kelly Rose Bradford

  

 

 

Delegates comments:

"Kelly's enthusiasm spreads quicker than marmite on toast!  The workshop was interesting, informative and fun.  There was good interaction and she made everyone believe they had a 'tale to tell' - she also gave contact details which increased my trust in what she was presenting" - Joanna Whisker.

"A very informative workshop with a lady who certainly knows her stuff. She is very vivacious and oozes enthusiasm. A very enjoyable day." - June Crowe


 

A One Day Fiction Writing Workshop with Jane Wenham Jones

 

 

Delegates comments:

"Brilliant! She has such a great sense of humour which came across at the workshop. She was extremely helpful and I felt she never talked down to us. A really good interesting day, came away with renewed enthusiasm" - June Crowe