One of my followers has asked me to let you know about her writing conference and classes in Brighton. It’s such a cool spot, full of creatives and there’s the sea, the sea, the sea!
Brighton writing conference Write by the Beach returns in 2017 for a whole weekend of talks, workshops and inspiration. Following on from the sell out success of the 2016 conference the organisers have extended the event, with a jam packed, not to be missed line up.
Held over the weekend of April 1st and 2nd , Write by the Beach brings together a host of industry insiders including agents, publishers and writers, all discussing how to write and how to get published.
Each day will see six amazing sessions discussing all aspects of the writing process. We will help you with writing the perfect pitch, how to decide on the right form of publishing for you, honing your style, getting your script on air and so much more.
We have a host of industry experts delivery each session, including
- Bestselling writers such as CL Taylor, Rowan Coleman, Tamsyn Murray and Julie Cohen.
- TV and radio royalty such as Sue Teddern (Radio 4), Pete Lawson (Eastenders) and Karen Rose (Sweet Talk Productions).
- Top agents such as Louise Burns from Andrew Mann, Rebecca Carter from Janklow and Nesbit, Camilla Wray from Darley Anderson, David Headley from DHA and Jemima Forrester from David Higham Associates.
- Publishers such as Candida Lacey from Myriad, Xander Cansell from Unbound and Matthew Smith from Urbane.
New to this year’s conference we are also offering every single delegate the amazing opportunity to pitch their work to an industry insider. Each delegate will get 10 minutes sitting opposite a top agent, publisher or commissioner. And if you come on both days you get two chances to pitch to two different insiders.
Organised by local writer’s co-operative, The Beach Hut Writers, this is a conference which focuses on what writers want and need to know. The five writers behind the event are Bridget Whelan, Kate Harrison, Erinna Mettler, Laura Wilkinson and Araminta Hall.
Held in the gorgeous Angel House on Hove seafront, the day runs from 10am-4pm and includes tea, coffee and a delicious lunch. Tickets can be bought for one or both days, costing £130 for the day or £230 for the weekend. Please check our website for the timetable for each day www.beachhutwritingacademy.com. Tickets can be purchased from www.eventbrite.com.
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Revellers bring in the New Year, Hungarian style
Here in Budapest, tradition states one must eat a bowl of lentil soup on New Year’s Eve/Day to attract luck and fortune in the year to come. Last year, my friend Joska invited me to lunch on Jan 1st. He’d cooked a barrel load of the stuff and it was so cold outside we rather overdosed on the bean. Lo and behold, 2011 turned out to be a year of great fortune re my writing. I won three awards, was shortlisted for even more, had quite a few shorts published. Moreover, I set up this website and my online writing course – both of which I’m enjoying immensely and I’ve resolved to make the course my focus for the coming year.
My course, ‘Creative Writing: A Toolbox’ is a six week online one-on-one creative writing introduction. With it, I aim to help you realize your dreams of writing creatively, or improve the practice of those already writing. The course regards the tools of the craft and provides online support for your work via feedback and guidance in relation to editing, submission and markets. Each course is adapted to suit the individual needs of the specific student. There is also the option of retaining my services as a mentor/critic/coach after the course ends.
‘Creative Writing: A Toolbox’ is supported by written material, exercise, assignments and a weekly 45 minute one-on-one online tutorial to guide the student through the six step, six week writing course. This tutorial is usually given via Skype, though some students prefer to use email alone – that is for the student to decide. Over the six sessions, the student is introduced to the know-how, ‘tricks’ and skills of the writer and can work on their own project, such as a short story or part of a novel – whilst, receiving online coaching, instruction, feedback and guidance from Sue.
Throughout the course, students will receive a full professional critique of their work from Sue.
All inclusive price: €150 (introductory offer)
For more information, please contact me on : bpapartment at gmail dot com
In the meantime, if you’d like to make your own Hungarian lentil soup check here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lentil-soup-2/
Joska eating lentil soup on New Year's Day
Wishing you all the best for 2012 – may your ships come in with your dreams onboard.
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A quick post to thank all of you who have signed up for the ‘write an novel in 6 months’ challenge. I’m looking forward to getting up at the crack of dawn (well, sort of) on Saturday to get my first 500 words down. We can do it (ooo, feel a slogan coming on…)
Saturday will be a day for firsts for me. I’m launching my creative writing workshop in Waterford, Ireland at Grayfriar’s Art Centre in the city on October 1st. The course, which I’ve authored myself, provides novice writers with the basic tools of the creative writing craft. It’s designed to entail two face-to-face workshops taking place on the first and last Saturday of a given month.
The first Saturday will focus on: finding inspiration, use of language, developing character, theme and structure. The ensuing four weeks will see the students work on a project of their choice with online support from me. The final face-to-face workshop, on the last Saturday in the month, will focus on editing, submitting and will finish with a peer workshop – after which I’ll give a professional critique and advice on how to bring the piece forward.
I’m planning to run a further workshops in Waterford at the end of the year and in Galway in the new year. If all goes well, and I’m confident it will (well, nerves aside) I am hoping to ‘tour’ the workshop outside Ireland, taking it to Budapest, Nice and London in 2012.
It’s an ambitious plan but I can do it (there’s that slogan again). And we’ve got to dream – as writers, it’s part of the job description.
Therefore, I hope my fellow six-monthers will understand if I don’t post about the the first 500 words until Monday – as I have to fly to Ireland for the workshop.
Please wish me (and my touring course) good luck
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