This one-hour workshop examines what makes a story distinctive, and which publishing markets to aim for. Catherine will consider questions of theme, setting and pacing, as well as how to craft a first paragraph that grabs a reader’s attention.
Folklore provides writers with a rich heritage of characters, images, themes and phrases. In this workshop we’ll be learning how to mine folklore to create short stories that resonate beyond the page with your readers.
The Mechanics’ Folk Tale Festival – Live and will be held in the atmospheric basement bar of The Harrison, King’s Cross, at 7.30pm on Monday, July 8th.
This event will be headlined by author Catherine Menon and we will also be treated to the magical folk music of Bity Booker.
This workshop focuses on creating believable characters and settings. Through a series of writing exercises, you’ll learn how real life people and places can be successfully mined for short fiction. We’ll also explore techniques for evoking characters who live beyond the page.
This workshop focuses on writing well-rounded short stories that go “beyond the page” in terms of what they convey to a reader. We will discuss how the limited length of a short story imposes its own challenges, and how you can overcome these. We’ll also identify and practise techniques which let a reader infer character backstory and setting, without you needing to explicitly state these.
Join authors Cath Barton, Jack Strange, CG Menon and Penny Ellis in discussion with Focus Magazine editor Hannah Hill. The panellists will discuss why they write, how they write, offering insights and tips from their own personal experiences. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.