SHEFFIELD – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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18th and 19th January 2020
£200 for 2 full days
£100 for 1 full day
*PLEASE NOTE THAT 1-2-1s are now closed but you can still sign up for the workshops.
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: The Voice: Agents often say that they look for voice but can’t define it. What does it look like and how can you find yours?

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Building your world: Whether fantasy, historical or contemporary, what steps can you take to make your world building convincing and credible?

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Beyond the Hero’s journey: This workshop focuses on plot, exploring the tricks you can employ to keep your reader engaged. It also expands on the importance of the emotional journey of your main characters.

SUN PM: Workshop Four: How to write and create comedy: This workshop explores how to bring out the lighter side of your characters, how to balance light and dark in your work and also the current trend towards UpLit.

SUN PM: 1-2-1s: Melvin Burgess
Read more about what Anna is offering here.

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
  • 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(s)/Guest(s):

Anna read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ aged 7 and hasn’t stopped reading yet. She has had two contemporary teen books published, ‘Rebel with a Cupcake’ and ‘Tulip Taylor’.

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 Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel & Spa

119 Norfolk Street
Sheffield S1 2JE – UK


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2 full days, 1 full day Saturday, 1 full day Sunday, 1-2-1

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