Writing Workshops & Masterclasses
A collaboration between Words Away and Andrew Wille
" I am really excited to be embarking on a new collaboration with book doctor and writing teacher, Andrew Wille. Andrew was our guest in the first Words Away salon: Make Your Novel Shine. I love Andrew's take on how to self-edit and polish writing and enjoy his unique blog posts on aspects of writing and craft. "
Places are £95 per person for a day-long workshop
A Masterclass On Plotting and Story For Writers: Plot is a verb, as well as a noun. In this masterclass we’ll think about plotting as an active practice of shaping the changes and conflicts in our stories. Through discussion and exercises, we’ll approach plot and story in relation to other aspects of craft, such as character, structure, and genre conventions. We'll also consider outlining and drafting as intuitive ways of digging deep into the symbolic forces that bring life and energy to our work. During the masterclass you’ll also be given various tools and resources on plotting to take home. We’ll end the day with an informal Q&A with Nick Ross, production director at Little, Brown, who’ll tell us about life behind the scenes at a publisher.
A Masterclass On Voice and Narrative Style: Finding your voice is one of the great myths of creative writing: you have a voice already! In this one-day masterclass we’ll use readings, discussion and practical exercises to harness the instinctive power of our natural speaking voices. By listening to your voice in this way you’ll create a strong and adaptable foundation for narrative style in your writing. During the masterclass you’ll also be given various tools and resources on voice and narrative style to take home with you. We'll end the day with an informal Q&A with literary agent Jenny Savill, who can answer your questions about agents and getting published.
“I’m a great believer in trusting the natural speaking voice. It is probably the writer’s greatest tool. It arises instinctively, and harnessed in the right ways it brings clarity and force to our work. Sometimes it needs to shift in tone, or adapt to other registers, or gain a little muscle or sinew, but it’s the strongest foundation for our writing. ‘Find your voice’ is one of the great myths of creative writing; you have a voice already, so trust it.”
Last Saturday we ran a new workshop, The Craft of Revising, led by Andrew Wille at the London Bridge Hive. Andrew put together an inspired program exploring various aspects of the revision process. A vibrant and enthusiastic group of writers took part and the day was further livened up by the arrival of the author Michelle Lovric and later, Virago Press Chair, Lennie Goodings.
We have an exciting new workshop, The Craft of Revising, all planned and ready for Saturday, 23rd June. I'm teaming up once again with experienced editor and writing teacher, Andrew Wille, who'll be leading the workshop. There's also a Q & A session arranged for the afternoon with Virago Press chair, Lennie Goodings. Our venue, the London Bridge Hive, is a recently renovated space located three minutes walk from London Bridge Station - close to Borough Market and the cafes of Bermondsey Street.
On Saturday I again taught my workshop Everyday Magic: The Four Elements of Writing. We started the day by introducing ourselves with a favourite book, telling the group how and why it’s left an impression on us. Much-loved books came up: The Underground Railroad, Cloudstreet, Ladder of Years, Station Eleven, My Name Is Lucy Barton, Home (twice!), Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Palace Walk, Pride and Prejudice, A Song For Issy Bradley, This Is How You Lose Her, East of Eden, Tirra Lirra by the River, Finn Family Moomintroll.
The highlight of my month was our very first Words Away creative writing workshop led by Andrew Wille - Everyday Magic: The Four Elements of Creativity workshop. Andrew devised an inspired workshop, focusing on creativity, play, experimentation, listening and fun. The day was full of surprises. I especially loved his handouts to take away including the bookmarks and the wonderful A Miscellany booklet. Lots of food for thought.
On Saturday I led a workshop called Everyday Magic: The Four Elements of Creativity in conjunction with Words Away. It was the first time that I had done this workshop as a day-long event, and I was also particularly excited to teach a Four Elements workshop in London for the first time; a peculiar and unexpected thrill came from teaching something that I am passionate about in the city that I love. Totally in my element! And maybe after all London is finally my home town.
I am really excited to be embarking on a new collaboration with book doctor and writing teacher, Andrew Wille. On the 18th November we have a workshop planned: Everyday Magic: The Four Elements of Creativity, We've found a great venue too, London Bridge Hive, right in the heart of SE1, two minutes walk from London Bridge Station. With a date and a venue arranged, I decided to interview Andrew about the workshop and how to add a spark of magic to your writing.