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Online creative writing workshops

Hosted by Anne Rainbow, these sessions will be presented by Kerry Hadley-Pryce.

  • Each session will start at 10am and we aim to complete by 12.30pm but will most likely run to 12.45pm or 1pm to make sure everyone has time to share their work.
  • Places are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment …

A video of the session is available for a limited time, and all registrants will be emailed a link to the recording. So, if you cannot attend in person, on the day, you will not miss the fun!

For more details, contact Anne Rainbow on 07721 695044 or by email at anne.rainbow@btinternet.com

Dates for 2022

Please put these dates in your diary. Details for the first six workshops (listed in the first column) are given below. We will decide the topics for the final four workshops during July.

  • 2 February
  • 2 March
  • 6 April
  • 4 May
  • 8 June
  • 6 July

  • 7 September
  • 5 October
  • 2 November
  • 30 November

6 July 2022

Honing Your Craft

We will explore ways to make ourselves better writers, and ways of selective listening to our inner critic by looking at ways to:

  • Experiment with different styles
  • Be bold with form
  • Get out of our comfort zone

The cost of this workshop is £30 per person. The payment should be sent by bank transfer to Mrs J Lawson (that’s Anne’s business account); sort code 20-97-58; a/c number 70604054. Please use HONING and your surname as your reference. If you wish to pay through PayPal, Anne’s PayPal address is scrivenervirgin@gmail.com.

Click here to register for this workshop.

ANNE and KERRY

Anne Rainbow moved from Surrey to Salcombe in 2006 with her husband, artist Stephen Thomas.

Ha-ha retired, Anne wears three hats: writer, mentor and teacher.

As a writer, Anne has published under two names: Jenny Lawson and Anne Rainbow. Her extensive publishing career of text books in Mathematics, and IT/Computing can be viewed on her LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/anne-rainbow-69b3945/

Since moving to Devon, Anne has completed NaNoWriMo more times than she cares to remember and has several unfinished novels that keep her busy. She took on the role of Municipal Liaison (ML) for Devon and Cornwall for several years, encouraging the formation of writing groups that would meet monthly rather than just for November. Several of these groups still meet and the Truro group have recently published an anthology of short stories. Anne was involved, hosting a full-day editing workshop when the stories were at the first draft stage. A second anthology is in production and one of Anne’s stories appears in that anthology.

Her blog on the ScrivenerVirgin website encourages writers to use Scrivener, the sophisticated writing tool, which can take an author from blank page to self-published book.

Her website is also the door to RedPen through which Anne offers online training for writers in self-editing, publishing and marketing.  For a few students at a time, this provides access to her RedPen Mentoring scheme.

In her ebook, EDITING The RedPen Way, Anne explains her tried-and-tested approach to self-editing.

Anne’s objective is always to help budding writers to learn how to edit their own words, and therefore to maximise their chances of having their manuscripts accepted for publication. And, she makes it sound fun!

When Anne is not working with other writers, or devising courses, she makes time for her own writing: writing plays and editing those NaNo novels.

She has written three short plays and had all of them performed, script in hand. Running Wild Though Barren Ground was performed at TR2 in 2013, Coming Clean had two nights at The Drum in 2015, and When I have Fears was performed at Bridport Arts Centre in 2017 and then in Kingsbridge in 2019.

Anne is currently working on a full length play Waving, Not Drowning.

Kerry Hadley-Pryce has written fiction for as long as she can remember.  She has had a thousand jobs ranging from dinner lady, petrol pump attendant, secondary school teacher to company director, but writing is the best job she’s had. Kerry was born in the Black Country and is currently a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University, researching Psychogeography and Black Country Writing. She focuses on ‘writing with a sense of place’: how walking practice is linked to the art of writing.

Kerry has enjoyed holidays in the South Hams and attended a Wednesday Writers workshop. She was then invited to be a presenter for 2020 and, on the day we had our Zoom session to decide how to proceed, it should have been her workshop at the Cottage Hotel: Psychogeography as Inspiration for Writing.

Instead, the Zoom session resulted in the decision to create Wednesday Writers Online.

Kerry is now in the process of moving to this area and had been looking forward to attending Wednesday Writers in person regularly.

Kerry’s novels and short fiction tend to be dark and unsettling, and are usually set in the Black Country, or at least have a sensation of the place.

Kerry wrote The Black Country as part of her MA at Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded The Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013-14.

Her second novel, Gamble was shortlisted for The Encore Second Novel Award 2019. She has had short stories published in anthologies and online. She has been appointed the first woman editor of The Black Country Society’s quarterly magazine, The Blackcountryman.

When Kerry isn’t writing, she researches for her PhD in creative writing, or can be found teaching creative writing on Creative Writing Ink and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, or walking alongside the canal thinking about writing, or running, thinking about writing.

Her two dogs, Rufus and Fflei, often assist her.

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS with Kerry Hadley-Pryce

8 June 2022: Creative Non-Fiction Revisited

We explored forms of non-fiction and what makes creative non-fiction by looking at ways to:

  •  Write about something we know in a creative and imaginative way
  •  Access our creative skills to inform and explain
  •  Summon ideas from our memory and write them in an original way

4 May 2022: Adding Humour To Your Writing

We explored ways to a sense of humour to your writing by looking at ways to:

  • Turn everyday moments into funny stories
  • Connect with your audience on a different level
  • Design characters/setting/dialogue that amuse and entertain

(PS: You did not have to be a comedian or even consider yourself a ‘funny person’ to attend and enjoy this workshop.)

6 April 2022: Writing From The Senses

We explored ways in which we can use all our senses to create writing that engages our reader by looking at ways to:

  • Use six different types of sensory imagery
  • Use our observations and reactions to the everyday
  • Tap into our own sensory experiences and convey them in writing

2 March 2022: Travel Writing

We explored what ‘Travel Writing’ is, or could be, by looking at ways to liberate our thinking about what a ‘journey’ is. We considered the four key elements of travel writing

    • Sense of place
    • Symbolism of journeys
    • Stories/journeys as transformative experiences
    • Narrative voice

2 February 2022: Finding Your Inspiration

We explored ways to stimulate creativity and to encourage that genie out of the lamp by looking at how to invigorate your imagination, write what you don’t know and to be brave and explore ideas.

1 December 2021: Creative Non-fiction

There is a growing interest in this genre, which is an umbrella term for a mix of descriptive and factual writing. For those who’ve read and enjoyed anything by Robert McFarlane or Rebecca Solnit, or liked to write something autobiographical, or felt driven to write something about ‘place’ or ‘landscape’, this workshop provided some ideas about how to get started.

3 November 2021: Flash!

There are many definitions of flash fiction but the important thing to remember is that flash fiction is a short, short story, usually defined in terms of word count. Not only can flash fiction be read in a flash, but it can also be written in a flash. In this workshop, we experimented with prompts and ideas, and working out ways to create complete, engaging fiction with a limited word count.

6 October 2021: Planning your Novel

Writing a novel is a huge undertaking. It’s fun, for sure, but planning it is the first step. In this workshop, we enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of the basics of plotting the plot, the importance of characters and finding your voice.

8 September 2021: Short Stories

How exactly do you write a short story? In this workshop, we looked at the components of the short story form, including getting started, responding to inspiration, and narrative and character arc. We looked at some excellent examples of short stories and writing the first draft of one of our own.

30 June 2021: Literary Fiction – How do you do that?

We explored what makes a creative piece ‘literary fiction’ and what techniques define it?

2 June 2021: Creating Obstacles

Readers love it when you make life difficult for your characters. In this workshop, we tackled how to create carefully planned obstacles which affect the tone and atmosphere of your story, and keep your reader turning those pages.

5 May 2021: Using Dialogue

In this workshop, we looked at how to convey believable, naturalistic dialogue to enrich your characters and make your writing flow.

7 April 2021: Generating the Hook

This workshop was all about how you lure your reader towards the end of a chapter, or section of your writing, by escalating the tension with a fictional ‘hook’.

24 March 2021: Museum of Emotion

This workshop was all about writing ‘from the senses/emotions’ to create a unique and evocative setting. We created vivid and original locations within which to set our stories.

10 February 2021: Time and Pace

The pace of your narrative is vital in order to keep your reader engaged, Judging timing is crucial for creating narrative drive.

This workshop examined how you can manipulate your writing by quickening and slowing the pace using flashbacks and story structure.

13 January 2021: Juxtapositioning

Juxtapositioning is a technique used in creative writing that places different, contrasting aspects of a narrative together in order to create a unique and interesting effect. The workshop identified how to use juxtapositioning in order to create an original and entertaining slant in your writing.

9 December 2020: Symbolism and Suspense

Symbolism is a literary device that uses, for example, abstract ideas, items, locations, the weather or people to represent or symbolise something beyond the literal.

Suspense is a literary device that authors use to keep their readers’ interest alive throughout the work. It is a feeling of anticipation that something risky or dangerous is about to happen.

This workshop looked at examples of these two literary devices in the work of writers like Sandra Arnold, Daphne Du Maurier, and Laura Van den Berg.

18 November 2020: Character Creation

This workshop looked at the importance of characters as elements of storytelling, types of characters, ways of developing richer characters and avoiding character stereotypes by considering ‘what if?’, and the importance of dialogue in creating and conveying our characters.

20 October 2020: Flash Fiction

We explored the term flash fiction but the session was mostly about being brutal with our work (editing?) and pushing the boundaries of our own work and style.

23 September 2020: Psychogeography

Kerry Hadley-Pryce specialises in psychogeography – how place affects us and can be used to good effect in our writing.