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Workshops & Masterclasses

We'll be deciding our programme for 2017 before the new year.

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In the meantime,

"PUBLISH YOUR BOOK!"

with Lizzie Lamb

This one-day masterclass on self-publishing - Sunday, 16 October 2016, in the beautiful town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, was our final workshop of 2016, and, was a resounding success - thanks to Lizzie and all our attendees - and our lovely Georgian venue, Stamford Arts Centre.

We'll be setting up a Facebook page so everyone can keep in touch and follow each other's success in their new careers as independent authors.

Any queries? Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at WriteStars - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 020 3078 7825.

As well as being a best-selling independent writer, Lizzie has a finely honed ability to take a complex subject and make it accessible to everyone. She is also the first independent author to be short-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize - for her third book, "Scotch on the Rocks".

The Seminar:

Morning: find out how to create a paperback from scratch

Lizzie takes us from first edit to book launch.

Afternoon: How to prepare your manuscript for Kindle upload

Lizzie explained how to sign up, set up your title and upload your cover; how to keep track of your royalties; and how her book 'Scotch on the Rocks' became a bestseller in its genre within two weeks of publication.

And Stamford is just gorgeous, with all its churches - and pubs! - restaurants and historical interest. It's just by the A1 and easily accessible via the East Coast train line. It's a beautiful, historical town, a lovely venue in its own right. Home to Burghley Horse Trials every September. There are lots of places to stay, pubs, restaurants, parks, rivers. We'll be holding more masterclasses and workshops here - come for the weekend!

(updated 21 October 2016)

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OTHER WRITESTARS WORKSHOPS ...

Saturday 21 May 2016

The Grange Hotel, 1 Clifton, York

"WRITE A ROMANTIC COMEDY!"

With Rhoda Baxter and Jane Lovering - a great day, thank you!"

THIS WAS A MASTERCLASS for those who want to join the ranks of Sophie Kinsella, Richard Curtis, Helen Fielding et al, or simply add a little air, light and humour to their prose and dialogue - whatever the genre.

Laugh (alot!) while you learn, with brilliant romantic comedy writers Rhoda Baxter and Jane Lovering, in the beautiful old Georgian Library at the Grange Hotel, York.

DATE: 21 May, 2016
TIME: 10am til 4pm (ish)

Places limited. Tickets: £99 - DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE - just ask to see if you are eligible (£3.50 from each ticket bought goes to the literacy charity Children in Crisis); includes coffee, tea, flapjacks - and lunch.

 

We have a full house, but if you'd like to come we can squish up and find space. Email tonight - Friday 20 May -  only to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 020 7025 2538.

So ... what is so funny about falling in love?

There's an art - and a craft - to making people laugh. Learn it and you could be writing the next 'Notting Hill' (you never know ...).

Rhoda and Jane teach these skills - you don't have to be naturally funny, though that helps, of course. They cover all the basics - the set up, how to make your characters unique, dialogue - and more.

As Jane says, “writing funny is mining every last seam of misery for the nugget of gag within”, and these two romantic comedy writers will show you exactly how.

If you watch 'Coronation Street', you'll know how its best writers can find a laugh in the midst of a car crash, and somehow it works, so this day isn't just for those wanting to write romantic comedy - it will bring you a valuable skill that you can apply to whatever you write.

 

What people say about Rhoda and Jane's masterclass ...

"All the ladies enjoyed themselves [at the Romantic Comedy Workshop]. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback."
Beverley Literature Festival

“I found the workshop day really helpful and thoroughly enjoyable. The small group size meant there was
plenty of time to discuss individual issues” Emily, from Harrogate

 

“It was well structured and you both know your stuff. It covered areas I enjoyed - and wanted.” John, from York

"It clarified my thinking about topics like point of view and especially ‘showing not telling', which have been bugging me for some time. I like your friendly 'can do' attitude.” Anne, from East Riding

 

Please note: There are stairs at this venue. We book all our workshops in safe, secure, upmarket venues which are fully insured for the purpose, but we have to say that you attend any WriteStars workshop at your own risk. Should we have to cancel any workshop, we will refund your fee in full, or book you on to an alternative workshop, at your convenience. If you have to cancel, we will refund your fee in full if we can find a replacement to take your place. Otherwise, fees are non-refundable within 14 days of the workshop. If you cancel within between 14 to 30 days of the workshop, we will refund half your fee. Fee is refundable in full if you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop.

 

We had an amazing 2015, thank you to all our wonderful tutors and all our attendees who made each workshop such a success. Do keep in touch!


BUILD YOUR OWN MASTERCLASS

We will be doing more workshops at a later date. In the meantime, if you have a group of writerly friends and you'd like someone to come and give a talk on certain aspects of writing, or to facilitate a workshop, do get in touch, and we'll seek out the best and most inspirational tutor - one we think will suit you.

QUICK QUERIES

If you have a query on any aspect of writing - do email or call us. We might be able to answer your question there and then - or just offer a friendly ear.

 

SO FAR ...

 

2014 ended with a fantastic double date on 20 and 21 September with

Write a Short Story in a Day - with Helen M Hunt, prolific short-story writer, at the Malmaison hotel in Manchester on Saturday 20 September

and ... 'Learn to Write a Children's Book in a Day' on 21 September with author Tamsyn Murray at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Cambridge.

Tamsyn says: "To be a successful children and young adult writer you have to be a master of planning, structure, dialogue, characterisation, setting and plot. You need to know your (very discerning) audience, understand what makes them tick, and have a story that they're desperate to read."

Please note ...

*** SOMETIMES WE OFFER A FREE PLACE ON OUR WORKSHOPS TO SOMEONE WHOSE CIRCUMSTANCES MIGHT NOT ALLOW THEM TO ATTEND OTHERWISE. PLEASE EMAIL US (IN CONFIDENCE) IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY ***

(£2.50 from each place taken goes to literacy charity Children in Crisis)

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OUR COURSES HAVE INCLUDED:

5 July, Be a Travel Writer! Thank you to all who made this day such a great success! A rare chance to spend the day with Kate Simon, former travel editor of The Independent on Sunday, and learn from a professional who knows her market and her craft inside out. An invaluable travel-writing masterclass that's absolutely chock full of inside tips - perfect for bloggers, reviewers, or journalists who want to add to their skills set - and anyone who loves travel and writing. Limited places. Venue: the Royal Over-Seas League, London.

26 July - How to Make Money by Writing - with prolific author and short story writer Sue Moorcroft. Thanks to all who came on Sue's course, and to the William Cecil hotel in Stamford. And for the Spitfire flypast! (On its way to Burghley Park).

Plus: September 2013, Sue Moorcroft on 'How to Write Great Fiction', at the George Hotel, Stamford; in October, INdependent on Sunday chief sub-editor David Ryan's 'Press Releases - the Inside Story' for PRs, in Fleet Street; in November and February Donna Douglas led her 'Write a Novel in a Day'masterclass at the Grange Hotel, York; Sue Moorcroft ran 'Short and Sweet', How to Write - and Sell - a Successful Short Story' at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cambridge on 25 January, and on 8 February at Kettner's in Soho, Katherine Garbera broke out the champagne for 'Passion on the Page', reviewed by literary editor Arifa Akbar in The Independent on 15 February.


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ALSO COMING SOON ...

 

'The Beginner's Guide to E-publishing', with Tamsyn Murray, in Cambridge.

 

... and CRIME WRITING - more details here soon.

 

PLUS ...

 

'The Flying Workshop' – Build Your Own Course: (Any date) Pick your topic, gather your friends, and call us on 020 3078 7825. We'll do our best to find the author/tutor who is the best match for you, and who can travel to your area and hold a course just for your group, on practically any genre — from romantic fiction and non-fiction to cowboys and Westerns! Fee to be agreed.

 

Do let us know what you think, and if you have an idea for a workshop, please call or email us, we'd love to talk about it with you .

 

Call 020 3078 7825/email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Our workshops so far: September 2013, Sue Moorcroft on 'How to Write Great Fiction', at the George Hotel, Stamford; in October, chief sub-editor David Ryan's 'Press Releases - the Inside Story' for PRs, in Fleet Street; in November (a sell-out) and February Donna Douglas, led her 'Write a Novel in a Day'masterclass at the Grange Hotel, York; Sue Moorcroft ran 'Short and Sweet', How to Write - and Sell - a Successful Short Story' at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cambridge on 25 January, and on 8 February at Kettner's in Soho, Katherine Garbera broke out the champagne for 'Passion on the Page', reviewed by literary editor Arifa Akbar in The Independent on 15 February.

 

Please note: We book all our workshops in safe, secure, upmarket venues which are fully insured for the purpose, but we have to say that you attend any WriteStars workshop at your own risk. Should we have to cancel any workshop, we will refund your fee in full, or book you on to an alternative workshop, at your convenience. If you have to cancel, we will refund your fee in full if we can find a replacement to take your place. Otherwise, fees are non-refundable within 14 days of the workshop. If you cancel within between 14 to 30 days of the workshop, we will refund half your fee. Fee is refundable in full if you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop.

If you are disabled in any way, please let us know so we can make sure that the venue is suitable for you. We will always do our best to help.