Russ Thomas
"But still, the fates will leave me my voice, and by my voice I shall be known" - Metamorphoses, Ovid
Writing workshops
***Next Workshop***
 
Saturday
2 Feb 2019
 
Space to Write Day

Workshops

Venue:  Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield S10 1UD
Time:  Saturday workshops run 10.30am to 4.30pm unless otherwise stated
              Evening classes run Tuesdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm unless otherwise stated
Cost: Each workshop is individually priced
PaymentPlease book in advance. To reserve a place fill in the contact form here  stating which workshop you're interested in. I will email you confirmation of price and payment options. You can pay via PayPal, cheque or card, or by bank transfer.
Cancellation: If you cancel at least 14 days prior to the workshop, your course fee will be refunded in full. Sorry, but we cannot offer refunds for cancellations in the 14 days leading up to the workshop. 
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Saturday 2 Feb 2019:                                                      £30.00
     Space to Write Day
                                                                  
Would you benefit from some time away from domestic distractions to work on your current project in the company of like-minded people? We're running a relaxed and informal 'retreat' day in Sheffield where you can do just that. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day, and we'll be on hand to support, encourage and advise where possible. For those who aren't working on a specific project but would still like to benefit from the day, we'll offer a writing prompt in the morning and another in the afternoon to get you started. There will be some time at the end of the day to read a small section of your work to the rest of the group, though this is purely optional.

Cost £30 (or a special 'loyalty' price of £25 for anyone who has attended, or is booked onto, one of our other writing workshops. Please book in advance.

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"I came with only a vague idea of what I wanted to write. Through the course, I have been able to develop a story that I am now excited to write."
-Mik Cosgrove


Saturday 23 Feb 2019:                                                      £45.00
     Planning and Plotting
                                                                  
Do you have an idea for a novel that you'd like to develop? Or have you started a novel and are not sure where to go next? Through class discussion and practical exercises, this workshop will help you to pinpoint what your novel is really about, enabling you to describe it in an 'elevator pitch'. It will also help you to identify whose story it is that you're telling, and will offer ways of thinking and practical techniques to help you develop ideas and put together a workable plot.

Cost £45. Please book in advance. Cost includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

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Saturday 16 Mar 2019:                                                      £45.00
     Bringing Your Characters to Life
                                                                  
Do you have a strong, convincing protagonist? Do your minor characters earn their place in the novel? How well do you understand these people you've created? This workshop will help you to understand and strengthen your existing characters, as well as to create new, believable characters who will leap off the page. 

Cost £45. Please book in advance. Cost includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

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"Excellent! I really enjoyed the opportunity to share my work with the group."
 
 
-Jack Kidder


Saturday 13 Apr 2019:                                                      £30.00
     Space to Write Day
                                                                  
Would you benefit from some time away from domestic distractions to work on your current project in the company of like-minded people? We're running a relaxed and informal 'retreat' day in Sheffield where you can do just that. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day, and we'll be on hand to support, encourage and advise where possible. For those who aren't working on a specific project but would still like to benefit from the day, we'll offer a writing prompt in the morning and another in the afternoon to get you started. There will be some time at the end of the day to read a small section of your work to the rest of the group, though this is purely optional.

Cost £30 (or a special 'loyalty' price of £25 for anyone who has attended, or is booked onto, one of our other writing workshops. Please book in advance.

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"...rewarding and satisfying... and not least of all, it was really enjoyable!"
 
-Pamela Jackson


Saturday 27 Apr 2019:                                                      £45.00
     Creating Scenes using Dialogue, Thought
                      and Action
                                                                  
How do you convey your characters' feelings, thoughts and emotions in a convincing way? This workshop will help you to decide when (and how) to create scenes by understanding when to 'show' or 'evoke', and when it's okay to 'tell' or 'inform'. We'll help you to craft realistic and revelatory dialogue that helps advance your story and deepen your characters.
u develop ideas and put together a workable plot.

Cost £45. Please book in advance. Cost includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

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"It gave me the unique opportunity of honing my ideas and having them critiqued in a safe and friendly environment."
 
-Dr Martyn Smith


Saturday 11 May 2019:                                                      £45.00
     Structuring Your Novel
                                                                  

"A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order."

In other words, there's more than one way to tell a story! Structuring your novel can be one of the biggest challenges you'll face in your writing journey. This workshop will explore the options available and help you to apply them to your own novel. We'll look at what makes a good beginning and ending, the pros and cons of prologues and epilogues, how to move around in time, how to tackle a dual narrative, and a great deal more besides. To get the best from this workshop, you will have started writing already, even if it's only a chapter or two. But if you haven't, you'll need, at least, to have a rough outline of your novel.

Cost £45. Please book in advance. Cost for the day includes tea/coffee and biscuits.


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Saturday 8 Jun 2019:                                                      £30.00
     Space to Write Day
                                                                  
Would you benefit from some time away from domestic distractions to work on your current project in the company of like-minded people? We're running a relaxed and informal 'retreat' day in Sheffield where you can do just that. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day, and we'll be on hand to support, encourage and advise where possible. For those who aren't working on a specific project but would still like to benefit from the day, we'll offer a writing prompt in the morning and another in the afternoon to get you started. There will be some time at the end of the day to read a small section of your work to the rest of the group, though this is purely optional.

Cost £30 (or a special 'loyalty' price of £25 for anyone who has attended, or is booked onto, one of our other writing workshops. Please book in advance.

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Saturday 29 Jun 2019:                                                      £45.00
     Setting, Description & Imagery
                                                                  

With more than 1 million words in the English language to choose from, how do you select the right ones? This workshop will explore ways to use imagery effectively, how to create evocative descriptions and setting, and how to develop a confident and accomplished style that will help make your writing sing.

Cost £45. Please book in advance. Cost for the day includes tea/coffee and biscuits.


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