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Story Structure 101
Saturday 24th April 2021 10am-2pm
Cost: £55 / 45 /35
Earlybird tickets available
In this session, we'll examine traditional story structures, including the hero's journey and you'll explore how to apply these to your own work. You'll find out how to enjoy plotting, playing with structure and how to use it to build tension, to engage, surprise and delight your readers.
This day is ideal if you:
are totally terrified of plotting.
want to get to grips with the shape of your stories.
are keen to work on fiction or memoir.
want to understand how you can use narrative structure as a supportive tool.
are excited about getting new (or old!) stories plotted and ready to write.
There will be time for writing built into the day, as well as opportunities to collaborate, share and enjoy new each other's work. Writers at all stages of their journey are welcome. Suitable for new writers as well as those with novels to their names.
"...well delivered, detailed and gave me a good grounding on how to write stories in a structured way"
"It has helped with my confidence and improved my writing. You make the sessions joyful and interactive and allow space to try"
(September 2020 participant)
“"...it's the best money I've spent on any writing-related course. I've learnt more about writing doing this than anything else." - Priyesh
Dr Rebekah Tennyson is a registered Clinical Psychologist and enneagram coach. In addition to working in the NHS, she is the founder of Enneagram Psychology which offers a range of therapeutic and coaching services integrating the wisdom of the enneagram with psychological theory.
Rebekah is passionate about helping people to understand themselves and others better, and her love of the enneagram has come from personal as well as professional experience of its uses. One of her favourite things about this model is how it helps people to identify and focus on their unique strengths and potential.
A life-long bookworm, she has combined her love of fiction and psychology to offer workshops and consultation to writers that aid with character as well as personal development.
Enneagram for Writers
Saturday 10am-3pm April 10th
Cost: £75 (full price) / £70 (reduced) / £65 (earlybird)
ONLINE - using Zoom
In this exciting workshop, Alison Powell of WriteClub and Dr Rebekah Tennyson Enneagram Psychology combine their years of creative writing, psychology and coaching experience to help you better understand yourself and your fictional characters.
The enneagram is an ancient model of personality that provides a fascinating paradigm for gaining a deeper appreciation of self and other.
In this session we will bring the dynamic insights of the enneagram to the storyteller’s toolkit, helping you to power up your characters and transform your own work - whether you’re writing fiction, memoir, essays, or journaling for self-discovery.
During the session, you will learn about the nine enneagram ‘types’ and discover:
how each type is motivated
the typical behaviour patterns of each type
how each responds quite differently to stress
where different types tend to find security
revelations about childhood patterns
the similarities, differences and overlaps between personality types.
You will find out how to apply this understanding to yourself - identifying ways to support your own creative process - and also to fictional characters. We will examine how the enneagram can be used as a model for examining well-known literary characters and also as a tool for creating nuanced and believable characters from scratch.
This workshop is ideal if you:
are writing fiction, memoir, essays, or journaling for self-discovery
want to understand more about motivations that drive behaviour
are curious about the ways different people are likely to respond in times of stress
want to build convincing conflicts and resolutions between characters
want to gain a different perspective on conflicts in your own life
would love to glean more insight into your own strengths, struggles and needs.
There will be time for writing exercises built into the day, as well as opportunities to share your words, ask questions and meet other writers at various stages of their creative journeys.
Come and get curious about characters - including your own!
"I love these sessions, I am always surprised by what emerges. I've come away with several pieces that I am really pleased with, and have found a real joy in being creative." - Nicola
Heroes and Villains
Monday April 12th 7-8:30pm
Cost: £12.50 (full price) / £10 (reduced) / £8 (earlybird)
ONLINE - using Zoom
Frankenstein or Heathcliff? Hannibal Lector or Jane Eyre? Heroes and villains appear throughout the literary canon and the battle between good, evil and everything in between is one that you can use to enrich your writing.
In this workshop you will look at the hero and villain archetypes and be guided to explore both your hero's strengths and flaws and your villain's power and weakness.
Perhaps you want to show your hero saving the world, or to create a monster so grotesque your reader won’t be able to sleep. Polly Hall, author of The Taxidermist’s Lover, will offer prompts, provocations and opportunities for you to write in this explorative writing workshop.
Suitable for beginners and those who want to take a deeper dive into archetypes in their writing.
In this workshop you will:
• Explore the traits of a memorable hero or villain
• Write your own hero or villain into existence
• Discover what compels your characters to be good/evil
• Try new writing techniques to escalate tension
• Introduce your hero and villain to each other
"Alison provides a safe space to explore and develop a regular writing habit. Wonderful use of prompts, free writing, poems, and suggested reading going forward and I would definitely recommend this course to any writers who need a little nudge." - Pamela
Let's Write a Love Story
Monday 19th April 7-8:30pm
Cost: £12.50 (full price) / £10 (reduced) / £8.50 (earlybird)
ONLINE - using Zoom
Join Polly Hall, author of The Taxidermist’s Lover, in this fun, creative writing workshop where you'll explore aspects of the love story in fiction.
Does writing love scenes make you cringe? Do you want to write authentic heartfelt dialogue but don’t know where to start? Are you writing a love story and need help?
In this workshop we will:
• Help you write love scenes that sizzle!
• Flesh out the character profile of your lovers
• Conjure atmosphere for the perfect ‘meet-cute’
• Look at fictional romances in literature and why they are memorable
• Write scintillating dialogue that drives the narrative.
All writers welcome - from absolute beginners, to those who want to bring new sparkle into existing narratives.
For more information, contact email@example.com