CARDIFF – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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18th and 19th 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: Beginnings. Where and when do you start? What makes a great beginning? Tips to keep the reader turning the pages.

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Writing memorable characters. Is it enough to write realistic characters? We will look at how to make your characters stand out so that agents, publishers and readers remember them! How to figure out what drives your character.

SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Mimi Thebo

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Editing your own work. How do you make your prose and MS shine? Why editing your work is important and how it can make all the difference when it comes to getting published.

SUN PM: Workshop Four: How to get an agent. Your manuscript is complete – what now? How to write a cover letter that stands out, who to submit to and what to expect.


Inclusive of the following:

  • Free Wireless High-speed Internet
  • 2 bite buffet lunch
  • 2 snack breaks
  • Unlimited tea and coffee, Sparkling and still water
  • Delegate stationery & Park Inn by Radisson stationery box

Workshop Leader/Guest:

Emma Smith-Barton was born in South Wales to Pakistani parents and she is especially interested in exploring themes of identity and belonging in her writing. Before writing, she taught in secondary schools for six years and is passionate about increasing awareness of mental health in young people. Her short stories have appeared in various publications such as Mslexia and The Bristol Short Story Prize 2016 anthology (under her pseudonym for adult fiction, Amna Khokher). She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Warwick University and a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. The Million Pieces of Neena Gill is Emma’s first novel for young adults.

Mimi Thebo is a Carnegie-nominated author for children and adults. Her work has been translated into 12 languages, made into a BAFTA award-winning film by the BBC and signed for deaf children by ITV. Her work carries messages of hope, resilience and recovery and her writing has been called, ‘spare but poetic’ and ‘heartbreakingly beautiful’.

Born in the USA, Mimi has lived in the UK for many years. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and a Royal Literary Fellow.


Park Inn

Mary Ann Street. Cardiff | Heol Mary Ann. Caerdydd CF10 2JH

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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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