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Workshop: Writing Weather

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Stormy seas or bright sunny days, crisp yellow autumns or a flurry of snow - how do we write the weather, and make it work for our writing?

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We can't control the weather - at least, not in the real world. But in the world of fiction, we're the ones who get to decide.

How do we make the weather work for us? How do we translate the physical experience of being out in it (or trapped inside by it) into our writing?

In this workshop, we'll look beyond the tropes of 'it's raining when the character's sad' or 'it's sunny when they're happy', to explore weather writing at it's best. We'll look at extracts from published novels, and follow some writing prompts of our own.

Whether you’re a published novelist, or you just stash your scribblings in a shoebox under the bed, this 2-hour guided workshop will look at ways you can bring the weather onto the page. (Also suitable for writers of creative non-fiction, e.g. nature 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, and in 2021 she won a Northern Writers' Award. 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.

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Katie Hale is a poet & novelist, whose work has taken her across 7 countries & 3 continents. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster, was published by Canongate in 2019, and has been translated into German, Italian & Turkish. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface (flipped eye, 2017), and Assembly Instructions (Southword, 2019), which won the Munster Fool for Poetry Chapbook Prize. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence, and regularly runs writing workshops for festivals & in schools.

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