MANCHESTER – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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4th and 5th January 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: Introduction, getting started, ideas. We will blast through blocks, put your ideas on the page, and use various writing prompts for inspiration.

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Character, point of view, voice. In this workshop, we will look at how to create three-dimensional characters, point of view and ways to experiment with voice.

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Setting, detail, your world. Setting can be just as important as character and story. In this session, we will look at detail, fleshing out your world, and the different roles that setting can play.

SUN PM: Workshop Four: Plot, story, putting it all together. Exploring techniques used in both screen and novel writing, we will look at plot, story and how to put it all together.

SUN PM: 1-2-1s: Melvin Burgess

Inclusive of the following:

  • Conference Ambassador Welcome
  • Conference Host for arrival and departure briefing, plus on hand throughout the day
  • Unlimited freshly brewed self-service tea, coffee and speciality beverages
  • Arrival with biscuits, mid-morning cookies and afternoon with cakes
  • 2 course restaurant lunch
  • Bottled water in meeting room
  • Sweetie and Nut Station to boost your concentration
  • Free internet access in all meeting room and Complimentary Wi-Fi in all hotel public areas
  • Stationery Tool Box, Stationery holder containing Mercure Pads, Pencils and Name Cards

Workshop Leader:

Danielle Jawando is an author and screenwriter. Danielle has had several short plays perfumed at the King’s Arms in Manchester and at Stratford Circus in London. In 2015, Danielle worked as a storyline writer on Coronation Street, she has was also commissioned by the BBC to write a short story for radio (aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 7). Her first children’s book, a biography about the life of Maya Angelou, will be published by Laurence King in September. Her debut YA novel ‘And The Stars Were Burning Brightly’ will be out with Simon & Schuster next year.

Melvin Burgess was born in 1954 and was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. He started writing in his twenties, and wrote on and off for fifteen years before having his first book, THE CRY OF THE WOLF, published in 1990. In 1997 his controversial bestseller JUNK won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal: THE CRY OF THE WOLF, AN ANGEL FOR MAY, THE BABY AND FLY PIE and THE GHOST BEHIND THE WALL. Melvin Burgess now writes full-time and lives in Yorkshire.

His latest novel, THE LOST WITCH, was published in 2018 by Andersen Press. It is a thrilling fantasy for young adults about magic, myth and following your instincts.

According to the Guardian, ‘In the UK, fiction for “young adults” has grown hugely over the past decade…The godfather of this new fiction is Melvin Burgess.’

Twenty years since it was first published, JUNK was awarded the YA Book Prize special achievement award.



Mercure Manchester Piccadilly
Portland Street
M1 4PH

Additional Info

Additional information


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

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