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The Bakehouse Novel Writing Course

The Workshops:

Think you have a book in you? Held over two weekends, with the option of additional ongoing editorial support in between, our new Bakehouse Novel Writing Course gives you the opportunity and space  to really focus on  your creative writing. Whether you simply have the germ of an idea, or a work already in progress, our award-winning tutor Karen Campbell  will run a series of workshops designed  to stimulate and streamline the writing process, and inspire you to put pen to paper.

Weekend 1: Saturday February 22nd and Sunday February 23rd 2014
Time:  10.00-12.30 plus writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorial, both on your choice of either Saturday or Sunday afternoon

Weekend 2 : Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th 2014
Time: 10.00-12.30 plus writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorial, both on your choice of either Saturday or Sunday afternoon

 

Karen Campbell:

Local writer Karen Campbell is originally from Glasgow, where she gained a Masters in Creative Writing (Distinction) at Glasgow University. Winner of the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009, Karen has published five novels, with her current novel ‘This Is Where I Am’ (Bloomsbury Circus) being chosen as a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. The recipient of a Scottish Arts Council New Writers Award, Karen also tutors on Arvon writing courses at Moniack Mhor, and has appeared on Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Cafe and Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, as well as literary festivals such as Wigtown, Edinburgh, Aye Write and FIRN in France. More information at www.karencampbell.co.uk

Weekend 1:  February 2014

Saturday February 22nd 10 – 12.30 pm
Lighting the Spark: Getting started with your writing. We look at what makes a story memorable, where ideas might come from, source material – are there only seven kinds of plot? - how to structure your notes & jottings into places, people and plot outlines, intriguing beginnings

Sunday February 23rd 10.00 - 12.30 pm
Get in Character: You can have the most intricate plot, but without convincing characters, your story will never ring true. This intensive workshop delves deep into developing characters in your creative writing. We look at descriptions, back-stories, motivations, voices & creating believable dialogue. We’ll also consider who should narrate our story, and look at perspective and point of view.

2pm -5pm writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorial, both on your choice of either Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Please state which afternoon you'd prefer at time of booking

Weekend 2: April 2014

Saturday April 26th 10 – 12.30 pm
Finding the Way Home: Moving forward with your writing. You have the bones of your stories or your novel, but how do you flesh it out – or pare it back? We look at plot development, pace, tone, maintaining narrative tension, impactful endings. and pulling together the various strands of your work into a cohesive whole – including the all-important editing process. Sometimes you have to ‘kill your darlings’ to let your story breathe.

Sunday April 27th 10- 12.30 pm
Where Now?:Participants will have the chance to discuss ‘what next’ in terms of stimulating and sustaining the writing process – including tips on how to get published, writing a synopsis, networking and having an on-line presence. There will also be the opportunity to share your work-in-progress with the group.


2pm -5pm writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorial, both on your choice of either Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Please state which afternoon you'd prefer at time of booking

Structured handouts for each topic covered - including plotting, dialogue and how to write a synopsis, will be given to each participant to take away, along with  tips on getting published and a list of useful websites for future opportunities and ideas..
On-going Support

For an additional fee of £25 per hour, up to a maximum of  20 hours, Karen can offer ongoing mentoring and editorial advice on your novel in progress. This can be done by email/ over the phone/ in person or a combination thereof!

To register your interest please contact Chrys Salt, Artistic Director of The Bakehouse
Tel: 01557 814175 Mob: 07891 803027 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THIS WORKSHOP HAS ALREADY STARTED TO FILL UP, SO BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

For further information about Karen visit her website: www.karencampbell.co.uk

If you are travelling a distance, why not make a holiday of it and book in at one our local hotels, guest houses or self catering cottages.  Details on the Gatehouse website: www.gatehouse-of-fleet.co.uk

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