FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP
Fridays 10am to 12.30pm
10 weeks starting 12th April 2013
at the Hillcrest Community Centre,
Hillcrest Road, Newhaven BN9 9EA
Suitable for all levels
An informal and friendly prose writing workshop covering fiction and autobiography, structured around weekly writing assignments (you are welcome to work on your own project if you have one). Work will be read aloud in class and feedback given. The class will cover all the technical aspects of writing and we will do writing exercises and take part in discussions where time allows. This class has been running for thirteen years and is usually full, so register early to be sure of a place.
“The class is supportive, the atmosphere encouraging, all levels of experience are catered for. We also laugh a lot. I have gone to different writing classes and workshops over the years but feel I have gained most from this one.” Juni Parkhurst
To register call Umi Sinha on 01273 611490 or email me
DEEP SEA WRITING
A One Day Workshop
This workshop will explore different ways to create depth and emotional impact in our writing through writing exercises and discussion. This workshop is not about technique but about really getting to heart of why and what we want to write. A day of experimentation and reflection which may change your approach to writing.
This workshop would be useful for you if:
you mean to start a writing project one day but never seem to get around to it;
you have an idea for a novel or memoir but don’t know how to get started;
you would like to learn how to deepen your characters and engage your reader emotionally;
you write regularly but find yourself blocked by self-doubt, procrastination or your inner critic;
you want to use writing as a way of exploring your own life’s journey.
There have recently been several articles in the Press about how people learn more about life from novels than they do from factual articles and books because fiction engages them at an emotional as well as mental level. I know that books have played a hugely important role in my life, and I believe that both reading and writing are transformative and healing activities. But I also know that because writing as an activity is judged almost solely by external success – unlike other art forms, like painting or playing an instrument – we often fail to recognise the value of what we do.
In the years that I have been teaching and writing I have worked through a huge number of blocks and also learnt a lot about writing – both about the process, and about how to deepen one’s writing so it emotionally engages oneself and one’s reader. So whether you write for yourself or for publication, this is a day where you are free to play, take risks, explore and discover, in a supportive, collaborative and non-competitive environment.
Due to a family bereavement the next DEEP SEA WRITING COURSE will be running in Spring 2013. Please email me if you wish to be informed of future courses.