We’re delighted to announce two weekend writing workshops in Mexborough for December 2018. Becky Cherriman‘s poetry pamphlet workshop takes place on Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December (10am – 4pm), while Stacey Sampson‘s novel writing workshop takes place on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December (10am – 4pm).

Both writing weekends take place at Mexborough Business Centre, College Road, Mexborough, S64 9JP. The cost of each weekend is just £10. Email info@tedhughesproject.org or message us on Facebook to book.

Poetry Pamphlet In A Weekend with Becky Cherriman
Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December

Have you just been bitten by the poetry bug or maybe even had a couple of poems published and are wondering what your next step could be? Have you been writing poetry for a while and think you have enough for a short pamphlet but are unsure how to compile your poems?

On this practical, intensive weekend in Ted Hughes’ home town of Mexborough, we will look at different ways of curating poetry pamphlets. We will explore the unique themes and motifs of your poetry and identify a potential narrative for your short collection. There will be the opportunity to produce more work and to receive detailed peer and tutor feedback on your poems. Information on current publishing opportunities and submission processes will be provided.  The course will end with readings from pamphlets-in-progress – great practice for when your book is published.

Participants should bring the following:
A copy of all the poems you think might be suitable for inclusion in your pamphlet + additional copies of 5 of those pages of poetry for tutor feedback (minimum 12 pt font), a pen, a notebook, laptops if you work best on them, and a favourite pamphlet.

Becky Cherriman is a writer, workshop leader and performer based in the north of England. Becky’s poetry has been published by Seren, Bloodaxe, MslexiaThe North, Well Versed, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings and in Poets For Corbyn.
2016 was a busy year in which her poetry pamphlet Echolocation and collection Empires of Clay were released and her poetic play Corseted was funded by Grants For The Arts. Her poem ‘Jesus Lives’ was highly commended for the Forward Prizes 2017.

Commissioned work has enabled Becky to write with and for communities throughout the region. She was Lead Artist for Altofts Festival in a day and has received various commissions including for Morley Literature Festival and Haunt, a site-specific theatre piece written with people experiencing homelessness and produced by Imove. She also writes fiction and works part-time as Creative Writing Community Development Officer at The University of Leeds. www.beckycherriman. Photo: Layla Legard.

Novel Writing Weekend with Stacey Sampson
Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December

Do you dream of writing a novel? Do you already have a manuscript tucked away in a drawer which needs revisiting? Or lots of half-written ideas, but are struggling to get one of them to stick?

On this intensive and practical two-day course, we will cover all the key elements needed to create a piece of long-form fiction. It doesn’t matter what genre, age group or subject matter you are interested in – the practical exercises and teaching points will be applicable across the board. If you’re starting a new piece of work, it will give you the chance to map out how the full book will be realised, and if you already have a work in progress you will be able to apply these points to honing the manuscript and getting it ready for submission.

Work with novelist and scriptwriter Stacey Sampson to interrogate plot, character, dialogue, point of view, style, and editing. We will also discuss the process for pitching your work to agents and publishers. There will be a mix of creative writing activities, reading/sharing of work, and detailed feedback from peers and your tutor. You will go away from the course feeling equipped to move forward with your novel, whatever stage it might currently be at.

Stacey would welcome the chance to read an excerpt of everyone’s work before the workshops begin. If you are already working on a novel, please send up to 2000 words and a one-page synopsis (if you have one.) Also, let us know how close the project is to completion. If you are only just starting your journey as a novelist then feel free to send up to 2000 words of any other piece of work (e.g. a short story) or 5 pages of poems, just so Stacey can get a feel for your writing.

Stacey Sampson is a writer, actor and facilitator from South Yorkshire. She specialises in working with young people and communities, creating plays, publications, films and more – all in a collaborative way.

As an actor, Stacey has worked across theatre, television and film for twenty years. She has appeared in two series of This is England, Waking the Dead, Luther, Doctors, Casualty, Coronation Street, Holby City, Heartbeat, The Syndicate, Ghost Squad and many more.

She also writes and performs for theatre and her work has toured regionally and nationally. She is a Regular Collaborator with Third Angel, making a diverse catalogue of work which spans verbatim to site specific and everything in between.

Stacey brings her performance background to the creative workshops she leads and takes an active, practical approach. She teaches in a wide variety of settings including theatres, schools & universities, libraries, young offender programmes, mental health services and homelessness charities.

Stacey also writes fiction and her first novel won the Arvon Award and the Off the Shelf Fiction Slam. She was chosen for the Jerwood Arvon mentoring scheme and completed a second novel which won a Northern Writers’ Award and the Mslexia Novel Competition. She is represented by Hardman Swainson Literary Agency and is currently redrafting her work for publishers.

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