CAMBRIDGE – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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BREAKING STORY – Advanced Structure and Editing workshop to leapfrog your writing craft with confidence. Aim to re-focus your story and leave the weekend with fresh writing and an action plan – everyone welcome – experienced writers and novices hugely benefit from each other. Plus essential trickery to outwit your inner critic.
4-5th April 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: Breaking Story – Get clear on story and characters with screenwriting techniques.

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Advanced Structure – Get your story out of your head and on to the page.

SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Sallyanne Sweeney

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Advanced Editing – how to self-edit and smash through to the next level of your story.

SUN PM: Workshop Four: Shine, Shine, Shine – The Art of Rewriting.


Inclusive of the following:

Free Wi-Fi internet access in meeting rooms
Bottled still and sparkling mineral water
Complimentary stationery
All-inclusive unlimited free-flowing Tea / Coffee, Snacks and 6 refreshment stations throughout your meeting including a hot and cold buffet lunch, leaves you in complete control; allowing you to break when it suits you, and keeping you continually refreshed and refuelled.
6 refreshment stations:
Super foods- nuts and fruits
Guilty pleasures – Cakes, Brownies and popcorn
Hydration Station – Infused flavoured waters
Vegan station – Dairy free snacks
Free from station – Gluten free snacks.

Please note the examples above aren’t always the snacks put out, but it will be something similar

Workshop Leader/Guest:

Award-winning author, TV Producer, Screenwriter, Artist; Lucy van Smit won The Bath Children’s Novel Award with The Hurting, a YA story about power of attraction and the terrifying consequences of falling for the wrong boy, which leads a British teenager to kidnap a baby in the Norwegian Fjords. Brought by the legendary Barry Cunningham, publisher of Harry Potter, the Hurting is lead title in German, Russia, Poland, Australia, NZ and sold WORLD Spanish rights. With a 1st Class MA in Creative Writing for Young People and a BA Hons in Fine Art, Lucy travelled worldwide for NBCnews, then made television documentaries on writers for Canadian Broadcasting, including John Le Carré, Martin Amis, Ian MacEwan and PD James. Lucy interviews screenwriters for the London Screenwriters festival and is currently working on a MG novel for Chicken House Books and asked to write an adult TV series. Twitter/ Instagram/ Facebook @lucyvansmit Agent Sallyanne Sweeney at MMB Creative.

Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge. After graduating she joined Watson, Little Ltd, becoming a Director of the company in 2011. She joined Mulcahy Associates in 2013 and is growing her list of authors and illustrators for children (picture books to Young Adult) and adults. Awards her clients have won or been shortlisted for include the Irish Book Awards, Bath Children’s Novel Award, Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards.

Passionate about the editorial side of agenting, Sallyanne enjoys both working with debuts and helping established authors take their careers to the next level. Her fiction tastes are wide-ranging, from the literary to the very commercial, but she is always excited by a distinctive voice, strong storytelling and a fresh premise. She will fight to champion anything that makes her laugh or cry (preferably both). Sallyanne is also interested in memoirs, food writing and thought-provoking non-fiction. She is a regular speaker at writing festivals and events and was the Chair of the Children’s Agents’ Circle from 2014-2018.

Sallyanne is a fan of flashmobs. She is yet to see one, participate in one, or be the recipient of one, but every day she lives in hope.


Hilton City Centre

20 Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3DT



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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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