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Workshop: Making Stories Happen

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In this workshop with novelist & poet Katie Hale, we'll explore what drives a story, & what keeps us reading (and writing) that next scene.

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'Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.' - Stephen King

We can all tell when we're reading a good story - something that hooks our interest and makes us want to keep turning the pages. A story that urges us to read just another chapter before we turn out the bedside light, till suddenly we realise it's 4am and we've read most of the night away. But what is it that makes a story tick?

There's a quotation about writing, which gets attributed to all kinds of people, that 'drama is conflict'. Giving a character goals, putting obstacles in their path, creating conflict and tension - all these things drive a story. All these things help to keep a reader hooked.

So - whether you’re a published novelist, or you just stash your scribblings in a shoebox under the bed - this 2-hour guided workshop will explore ways of adding drive and a sense of purpose to your story. We’ll look at some examples of wonderful writing from existing works of fiction (and possibly also a film or two), and follow them up with some of our own writing.

I’ll also leave you with a take-home writing prompt, so you can keep on being inspired in your own time.

Who am I?

Katie Hale is an internationally recognised novelist & poet, with more than a decade’s experience of leading creative writing workshops.

Her novel, My Name is Monster, was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award, and has been translated into multiple languages. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and winner of the Munster Chapbook Prize. She has also featured on national television and radio, including programmes such as Radio 4’s Open Book and Front Row, and has created commissioned work for the National Trust, the Barbican Centre, and the BBC Contains Strong Language poetry festival.

She leads writing workshops for universities, arts organisations and schools. She also mentors emerging writers on a one-to-one basis.

Workshop cost: £20

(For each workshop, there are 2 free places available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Drop me a message if you'd like one of these places.)

Workshops run using Zoom & capped at 14 attendees, so it won't feel too crowded.

This is the second of a series of monthly workshops, running throughout 2021.

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