As well as my regular courses and workshops, I offer workshops by arrangement for writing groups, local societies (eg WI, history societies, etc), research groups, and company creative development and team-building.
Browse the sample workshops below or contact me to arrange a bespoke workshop for your group.
Explore the basics of story-building with the Premise Circles game. I give a short talk about story-telling, then lead the group through the game to create their own, wildly inventive stories. This is ideal for large groups and for groups without special writing experience. This can be a 1-hour or 2-hour session.Contact me to discuss a taster evening for your group.
creating richer, more complex characters character developments characters' theory of mind first-person narratives & third-person narrators unreliable / contradictory narratives multiple points-of-view and choosing points of view
premise versus plot building on a premise overview of the course's elements setting up the main plot bridging tension to carry the reader through first lines, first paragraphs, first scenes
creating a richer sense of place
point-of-view place & changing perceptions
scene locations creating a richer sense of time & setting research & using signifiers attitudes within a time
your personal themes identifying & developing complex themes moral challenges personal symbolism using a plot cupboard how symbols develop avoiding the obvious
angles, voice, personalities, and style
process vs product, wild ideas, bombard your brain, words as playthings
document layout & online tools, your online presence, build your website, creating ebooks
For workshops in Oxford:
Larger groups and workshops in other places will be quoted accordingly.
Quotes include the cost of materials and travel within Oxford.
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