This November, we are delighted to be welcoming award-winning writers Liz Berry, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Alice Jolly and Fiona Benson to bring you workshops on a range of topics from editing your work in progress to
mapping rural landscapes in poetry. Working in association with Stroud Book Festival there is also a free taster workshop on offer from Dialect's own J.L.M. Morton to kickstart your creativity.
As we continue to live through these interesting times, all workshops will be held online to keep everyone safe and of course, this means anyone can join us, wherever they are.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can-afford on a sliding scale £5 -£30.
Been thinking about writing but not sure where to start? Stuck for a while and need to jump back on the word wagon? Join this light-hearted, collaborative online workshop designed to ignite fresh ideas and generate new and exciting work. JLM Morton will lead you gently through a series of
writing activities and share some great resources to help you keep the momentum going long after the Zoom room fun is done. FREE Taster workshop for writers at any level looking for a kickstart to get back on the page or simply enrich your existing practice.
When: Wednesday 4th November 9.30 – 11.30 Cost: FREE
Treasuring your Word Hoard - Writing Dialect Poetry
Hinny, goosegog, ginnel, clarty - the music of vernacular language can make your poems sing! Join award-winning poet Liz Berry for a friendly, playful workshop exploring how to use dialect in your poetry. You'll read some wonderful contemporary dialect poems and take part in short, lively writing exercises designed to spark new work. Suitable for writers of all stages who want to seize this fabulous opportunity to work with Liz, a poet ‘ablaze with energy and full of the rich dialect of the West Midlands,’ an ‘incandescent,’ poet of dazzling talent and verve (Guardian).
When: Wednesday 4th November, 4pm – 6pm Cost: £5 - £30 +
Exploring diverse voices in rural spaces
Historically, our literature has been loud with the silences of those who’ve been excluded. Join Louisa Adjoa Parker, a writer of extraordinary skill, warmth and courage for an interactive workshop exploring the rich diversity of rural writing with its varied voices. Taking inspiration from working class, ethnically diverse and women writers who write through experience at the margins of this ‘green and pleasant land,’ you’ll work with prompts and exercises to come away with new work and a different take on what it means to write the rural today. All writers are welcome, wherever you live and whatever your experience / background or genre.
When: Friday 6th November 4pm - 6pm Cost: £5 - £30 +
Words that glitter: re-writing and editing
So you have got a first draft of your novel or short story but you know that it doesn’t quite work. How do you make it sharper, brighter, more engaging? How do you polish the writing and tighten the structure? This workshop with novelist, playwright and memoirist Alice Jolly will enable you to work on a hands-on editing and re-writing exercise which will show you how to turn an average piece of writing into a story that glitters. This workshop is relevant to beginners, improvers and those who are ready to send out work. Come with your editing pencil sharpened and ready to work with a writer of exceptional clarity and lyricism.
When: Saturday 7th November 10am-12pm Cost: £5 - £30 +
Mapping Rural Worlds with Words
Join Fiona Benson on a foray into poems that seek to capture the realities of rural dwelling. We will work toward poems for our own personal ‘Book of Days’ by mapping out our rural territories. Exploring the overlay of the rhythms of rural life and the interplay of the seasons with our own inner lives, we’ll write poems that journey through these landscapes. You will need the largest piece of plain paper you can find, and some colouring pens / pencils / crayons, as well as your notebook and pen. The uncompromising beauty of Fiona Benson's poetry has won her many awards and the admiration of readers, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with one of the best poets at work in the UK today.
When: Sunday 8th November 10am- 12pm Cost: £5 - £30 +