2020 Calendar of Events

Workshops must be pre-booked, Write-Ins should be RSVP’d, and Socials are drop-in as you like. Don’t forget to join our Facebook group, and if you have any questions just get in touch at itchentowrite@gmail.com

All of the workshops will:
💻 Be virtual, via Jitsi (no signups or downloads required!)
⏰ Run from 1pm-4pm
💸 Cost £5

Individual events for these workshops will be posted in due course via Facebook, with tickets available through Eventbrite, so watch this space! 👀

11 October – Workshop: Plot and Structure
This well-loved workshop covers tools for planning, pacing, and generally making sure you don’t lose the plot. If you find yourself agonising over the saggy bit in the middle (don’t we all?) or wondering ‘well now what?’ when writing, this workshop is for you!

Craig J Rickard has been working in various roles in the industry for fifteen years, from ghostwriter to story surgeon, writing coach and editor. In 2018 alone he has had a client sell a screenplay to Blumhouse Productions for £75,000, and has had two former students signed up to prose agencies. He has also helped clients self-publish and provided 1-2-1 story coaching on several projects.

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25 October – Workshop: Introduction to Screenwriting
Join award nominated screenwriter and editor Craig J Rickard for an introduction to writing for the screen. This workshop will cover the basics of formatting for scripts, the unique techniques of visual storytelling, and how to make sure the director stays true to your vision. The workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, and there will be time for questions at the end of the session.

Craig J Rickard has been working in various roles in the industry for fifteen years, from ghostwriter to story surgeon, writing coach and editor. In 2018 alone he has had a client sell a screenplay to Blumhouse Productions for £75,000, and has had two former students signed up to prose agencies. He has also helped clients self-publish and provided 1-2-1 story coaching on several projects.

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8 November – Workshop: Writing for Children
Ever wanted to try your hand at writing picture books or other literature aimed at children? This workshop provides a great opportunity to dip your toes into the world of Kid Lit.

Craig J Rickard has been working in various roles in the industry for fifteen years, from ghostwriter to story surgeon, writing coach and editor. In 2018 alone he has had a client sell a screenplay to Blumhouse Productions for £75,000, and has had two former students signed up to prose agencies. He has also helped clients self-publish and provided 1-2-1 story coaching on several projects.

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22 November – Workshop: Self-Publishing
This workshop will touch on the various aspects of self-publishing your work, why you should or shouldn’t pursue this newer path, and the tactics to deliver a polished product your readers will love.

Dave Schroeder (said SHRAY-der) is a successful self-published author of fantasy and science fiction novels with over 33,000 copies of his books sold. He has been writing since 2014 when he retired from his position as a corporate Chief Information Officer. A frequent presenter and panelist at conventions, Dave has conducted workshops on self-publishing, book interior design, marketing for authors, writing creative cover blurbs, and software tools for writers.

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6 December – Workshop: Editing Your Work
This session will focus on bringing your work up to the desired industry standard- we only have one chance to make a good impression with our stories and screenplays so it is important not to rush them out the door! We will be covering drafting, editing, proof-editing, formatting and more. Session notes with examples will be provided.

Craig J Rickard has been working in various roles in the industry for fifteen years, from ghostwriter to story surgeon, writing coach and editor. In 2018 alone he has had a client sell a screenplay to Blumhouse Productions for £75,000, and has had two former students signed up to prose agencies. He has also helped clients self-publish and provided 1-2-1 story coaching on several projects.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.

20 December – Workshop: Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to the technical side of writing poems. We’ll cover the basics, such as rhyme schemes, meters, and poetic devices, but also the creative side.

Holly Hearn is a poet, author, and essayist across many genres. Her work has been published by Scribd’s Bryant Street Press, was presented at a sociology symposium, and is regularly curated on Medium. Holly is the founder and editor of Gate Crash Magazine, as well as a fixture of the Southampton poetry scene. She holds an MA in Historical Studies from the University of Winchester.

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