Kent Festival of Writing

Saturday 8 April

A day for aspiring writers: workshops, advice, Q & As

Whitstable Community College: 8.45am – 5.15pm £75 – full day ticket (£65 early bird offer) includes workshops, refreshments and sandwich lunch

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Choose from a variety of dynamic workshops with published writers culminating with an inspiring talk from Stella Duffy.*

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WRITING WITH SIX SENSES! PEGGY RILEY
This fast-paced writing workshop will explore the five senses and how we can use them in fresh combinations to new create characters and settings that feel real and alive.

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WHAT COMES NEXT? ANSTEY SPRAGGEN
A practical creative workshop with ideas for tightening and revising your work. If you’ve finished a novel, or a masters’ degree, or a draft or two, this is for you.

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PSYCHIC DISTANCE AND POINT OF VIEW – EMMA DARWIN
Novels are the only narrative form that can go inside characters’ heads. Learn how to choose between techniques where readers share your protagonists’ perceptions or are more objective and remote.

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FIRST 100 WORDS CHALLENGE -JULIE COHEN
Are your first hundred words as good as they can be? Julie will give tips on how to make the most of each word – and then follow it with a practical challenge. A day for aspiring writers: workshops, practical talks and advice, Q & As.

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HOW NOT TO WRITE A BOOK – ANDY MILLER
Andy offers tips on how to structure your writing, how to edit it, how to avoid the most common mistakes and how to turn a good idea into a great one.

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THEME – JULIE COHEN
Julie takes you through how to identify the theme of your novel with quick fire questions and techniques to use it to make your work-inprogress satisfying, original, and well-shaped.

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SHOWING AND TELLING – EMMA DARWIN
Everyone says ‘show, don’t tell’, but you need to do both. Emma will explore what ‘showing’ and ‘telling’ actually mean, why they matter, and when to use which.

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STORY PLANNER – JOANNE BARTLEY
How to use structure to create a smart start, avoid a saggy middle, and offer a satisfying ending. Jo will demonstrate the power of story structure by improvising the creation of a well-structured novel plot.

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AUTHOR TALK – STELLA DUFFY

Stella Duffy headlines the Kent Festival of Writing with a talk about her incredibly varied career as a writer, director, performer and social entrepreneur. She’ll discuss her novels, relate anecdotes, offer insights into her writing process, and explain how she juggles a busy life.

Stella Duffy has written fourteen novels (her latest is London Lies Beneath), over fifty short stories, and ten plays. In addition to her writing work, she is also a theatre director and performer. She is the founder and Co-Director of the Fun Palaces Campaign and is on the committee of the Women’s Equality Party.

*Kent Festival of Writing reserves the right to change workshops and/or deliverers without prior notice and is not obliged to offer refunds.