LONDON EAST – STRATFORD – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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30th–31st May 2020
£220 for 2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free)
£110 for 1 full day
£25 for 1-2-1 session (note: you must buy a day 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: Jasmine Richards: In the beginning. Discussing how inspiration leads to ideas leads to hooks leads to USP leads to a great beginning. Brainstorming with paper, glue and scissors to get the creative juices flowing.

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Jasmine Richards: Don’t Lose the Plot. A workshop looking at mythic structures [Hero’s Journey] and three-act structure. The importance of the obligatory scene.

SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Lydia Silver

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Sara Grant: Breathing Life into Your Manuscript (2 hours): This hands-on workshop explores how to develop key scenes that will hook your readers from the opening page, chapters that will keep them turning pages through to the final line, which lingers long after they’ve closed the book.

SUN PM: Workshop Four: Sara Grant: Ruthless Revision: A first draft is only the first step on the road to publication. Reading and re-reading a manuscript is not enough. How can writers get beyond line-editing and really roll up their sleeves and make a good story great? Sara has developed a series of tips and tricks to help writers review and re-build their manuscripts.

Inclusive of the following:

  • Unlimited tea/coffee and water
  • Notepads and pens
  • Stationary
  • Wi-Fi Access
  • 3 course hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Biscuits on arrival

Workshop Leader(s)/Guest:

Jasmine Richards has written over a dozen books for children and teenagers and has visited schools across the UK to run story workshops. Her most recent novel Keeper of Myths was published by Harper Collins. She has worked as an editor in children’s fiction for over fifteen years and has taught creative writing workshops for aspiring children’s authors throughout that time. Jasmine is also the founder of Storymix – a children’s fiction production company that creates inclusive stories for publishers. Storymix is actively seeking writers of colour: published, unpublished or self-published – get in touch!

Sara writes and edits fiction for children and teens. Her new series Chasing Danger is an action-adventure series for tweens. Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She teaches master’s courses on writing for children/teens currently at Goldsmiths University and previously at the University of Winchester. She has given writing workshops in the US, UK and Europe. She co-founded Undiscovered Voices – which has launched the writing careers of authors who now have written more than 250 children’s books. (

Sara was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London, graduating with distinction. She lives in London.

Lydia has recently joined the Darley Anderson Agency and is looking to build the children’s list. With a background in middle grade and YA fiction, Lydia is particularly looking for magical middle grade adventures, funny contemporary stories and YA novels with an unusual voice. Above all, she wants to find stories with wit, charm and heart.

She’s also got an eye out for clever, engaging picture books and is developing the non-fiction side of the children’s list. She loves working editorially with writers and is always on the lookout for new talent. Lydia represents clients in the UK and the US including Soofiya, Dominic Beesley, Mark Bradley, Zanna Goldhawk, Catherine Jacob, Rachel Morrisroe and Rashmi Sirdeshpande.

Lydia is actively looking for submissions from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ and all other under-represented writers. Please include the hashtag #diversevoices in the subject line of your email when you submit.



Holiday Inn Express,


196 High Street, London E15 2NE



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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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