BOURNEMOUTH – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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14th and 15th March 2020
£200 for 2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free)
£100 for 1 full day
£25 for 1-2-1 session (note: you must buy a session ticket to do this)
Concession prices (CODE: WWW40) and payment plans available

Workshop details:

SAT AM: Workshop One: Mel Darbon: Bringing Your Characters to Life : Creating fictional characters is fundamentally important to the success of a novel – this workshop shows you how to develop charismatic characters who your reader will care about.

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Jasbinder Bilan: Setting : Is setting a character in its own right? How to create an evocative  setting filled with sights, sounds and colour in your work of fiction.

SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Julie Pike

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Jasbinder Bilan: Magical Realism – Make the unbelievable convincing through creative and magical world-building.

SUN PM: Workshop Four: Mel Darbon: Encouraging More Diverse Books – A Guide to Writing a Character With a Learning Disability : In this workshop I give advice to help other writers avoid the difficulties and stumbling blocks when writing a character with a disability.


Inclusive of the following:

• Unlimited tea and coffee
• Morning and afternoon refreshments
• Choice of delegate lunch ( 2 course hot & Cold buffet lunch )
• Mineral Water and cordial in the meeting room
• LCD projector, screen, flipchart and stationery
• Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking


Workshop Leader/Guest:

Jasbinder Bilan won The Times Chickenhouse Prize for her debut Asha And The Spirit Bird, a middle grade magical realist adventure set in the Himalaya. She has an MA Creative Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University where she began writing her first novel for children. She is published by Chickenhouse.

Mel Darbon began telling stories to her Autistic younger brother when they were children and never lost the knack. Her career has taken numerous turns, having worked as a theatre designer, a freelance artist, a teacher for young adults with learning disabilities and running creative workshops for teenage mums, young offenders and toddlers.

Her debut YA novel Rosie Loves Jack draws on these experiences, telling the story of a young girl with Down’s Syndrome who goes on a solo mission to find her boyfriend who has disappeared. The novel has been incredibly warmly received, named as the Sunday Times Culture’s YA Book of the Year, the Guardian’s Book of the Month for October 2018, and both a Book of the Year for the Book Trust and the Reading Zone as well as being shortlisted for the Branford Boase 2019 and winner of the Leeds Book Prize 2019.

Mel is now based in Bath where she recently graduated from Bath Spa’s MA in Writing For Young People. She plans to release her second novel within the next year.

Julie grew up on a council estate, nestled between the forests and foothills of the Welsh Valleys. She is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People and is passionate about adventure stories, volunteering in local schools and libraries in Dorset, helping children find stories that excite them. She is passionate about real-life adventures too, and has crawled inside the great pyramid of Giza, travelled to the peak of Kilimanjaro, and camped on the Great Wall of China in a lightning storm.

Twitter: @juliepike

Insta: @Juliepikebooks



The Queens Hotel,
Meyrick Road,
Dorset, BH1 3DL

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2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free), 1 full day Saturday, 1 full day Sunday, 1-2-1

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