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Holly Hearn is a multi-genre fiction writer and budding poet. Her favourite genres are horror and sci fi, and she enjoys writing flash fiction. She is also the founder of Itchen to Write, a group for Hampshire, UK writers. Read more of her work, including her book reviews, at ashandfeather.com

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.

2019 Calendar of Events!

You can find here a collection of our upcoming meetings. Check back often, as this page will be regularly updated!

January

  • Screenwriting Workshop – 26 January – Eastleigh Library – 10:30am-1:30pm – £10
    Join award nominated screenwriter and editor Craig J Rickard for an introduction to writing for the screen. Recently Craig edited a screenplay that sold for £75,000 and has been working in and around the industry for seventeen years.This workshop will cover the basics of formatting, structure and take an in depth look at the importance of story and plot. The workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, and there will be time for questions at the end of the session.

February

  • Introduction to Poetry – 24 February – Hyde Tavern – 11am-3pm – £10 – CANCELLED
    Unfortunately, this workshop will need to be rescheduled. Watch this space!

March

April

  • Found Poetry – 6 April – The Art House Cafe – 11am-3pm – £10
    A fun, hands-on workshop where we’ll use magazines and other printed materials to create poems with borrowed words. Found poetry is created by taking words, phrases, and passages from other sources and making changes in spacing and lines, adding or deleting text, to give it new meaning.Some materials such as magazines, paper, scissors, and markers will be provided but please feel free to bring your own!

June

  • Worldbuilding Workshop – 9 June – The Art House Cafe – 1-3pm – £10
    A look at building robust, rich worlds for your stories. From religion to economics, geography to politics, we’ll help you create a universe your readers will remember long after the last chapter.

July

  • Editing Workshop – 20 July – The Discovery Centre, Winchester – 10:30am-1:30pm – £15
    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.

August

  • Storytelling Games – Details TBC – FREE
  • Write-In – Details TBC – Free, but donations appreciated

September

  • Write-In – Details TBC – Free, but donations appreciated

October

  • Storytelling Games – Details TBC – FREE
  • Write-In – Details TBC – Free, but donations appreciated

November

  • Found Poetry – Details TBC – £10
    A fun, hands-on workshop where we’ll use magazines and other printed materials to create poems with borrowed words. Found poetry is created by taking words, phrases, and passages from other sources and making changes in spacing and lines, adding or deleting text, to give it new meaning.Some materials such as magazines, paper, scissors, and markers will be provided but please feel free to bring your own!
  • Write-In – Details TBC – Free, but donations appreciated

December

  • Holiday Social – Details TBC – FREE
  • Storytelling Games – Details TBC – FREE

 

2018 Calendar of Events!

You can find here a collection of our upcoming meetings. Check back often, as this page will be regularly updated!

May

June

July

  • 14th – Write-in

August

September

October

  • 13th – Write-in

November

December