BRIGHTON – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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22 and 23rd February 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

4 workshops, 1-2-1s, hours of free writing time and all-inclusive lunch, snacks and drinks from 9-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Workshop details:

SAT AM: Workshop One: Plotting and planning: how to engineer or reverse engineer a story that grips from beginning to end, including backstory tricks, multiple narrative tricks and more….plot up a storm!

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Real characters: from the most complex of villains, to the heroes your readers will never forget, the craft of character creation.

SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Hannah Sheppard

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Edit DIY: 20 or more ways to improve your story. 

SUN PM: Workshop Four: Query Quandry: Submission package survival: synopsis, letter, sample…get it right and travel up the slush pile.


Inclusive of the following:

  • 3 servings of tea and coffee with homemade snack
  • Choice of buffet lunch options
  • Fresh fruit bowl
  • Meeting sweeties
  • Still and sparking waters
  • Note pads and pens
  • Wi-Fi

Workshop Leader/Guest:

Lindsay’s first book The Secret Deep came out in the UK in 2018 and the next is to be published in early 2020. She writes YA, MG and has adult and younger fiction works in progress. She reads in all genres and loves to edit, she is an experienced mentor plus a critique partner of published authors.

Lindsay came late to writing, self-taught, after a career teaching which is now part time. She is a slush-pile (talent pool!) conqueror who came from nowhere and had no contacts and – although it took a while – had the first ever book she wrote published by the excellent Chicken House.

An experienced teacher, Lindsay’s workshop style is upbeat, constructive and focuses on the practical. She is sensitive to those at different stages of their writing journeys and the courage it takes to share work. Her workshops have a positive supportive atmosphere, intended to empower writers. All questions are welcome.

Hannah Sheppard studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool where she set up a small poetry press in her spare time. She has since spent over a decade working in trade publishing: first at Macmillan Children’s Books and more recently running Headline Publishing Group’s YA and crossover list where she published Tanya Byrne’s critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Bruise.

She joined the D H H Literary Agency in 2013 because she realised that being an agent gave her more time to do what she loves most – using her editorial experience to help writers develop their ideas for commercial success.

Hannah represents authors across children’s fiction (from 9+ including teen and YA) and a small number of adult fiction authors (her main interests are thrillers and romance). Hannah does not​ represent picture books.

She likes stories that push the boundaries, have a strong voice and, often, a dark edge – although she’d love to find a great contemporary romance too.​

Follow Hannah on Twitter: @YA_Books


Hotel du Vin

2 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD



Additional Info

Additional information


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

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