SOUTHAMPTON – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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8th and 9th February 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: Playful Writing: Exercises & tips to wake-up the creative part of your brain, generate ideas, and banish writer’s block.

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Finding your Place: Learn about the importance of location, and how to write convincing settings through techniques such as visualisation.

SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Vashti Hardy

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Internal vs. External Conflict: How to weave characters’ goals and circumstances into a plot arc.

SUN PM: Workshop Four: Creating Memorable Characters: Get to know your characters without tedious questionnaires.


Inclusive of the following:

  • Pastries on arrival
  • Unlimited Tea and Coffee
  • Mid-morning and afternoon seasonal snacks
  • An 8 item working buffet or 2 course restaurant lunch
  • Still and sparkling water with cordials
  • Sweets
  • Stationary
  • Fruit bowl
  • Cookie Jar

Workshop Leader/Guest:

Charlotte Lo graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing for Young People, and also holds a BAHons in Creative Writing. Her debut novel, We Won an Island, was published in May 2019 by Nosy Crow, and she is currently writing a sequel.

She mostly writes on the sofa in her pyjamas, but sometimes wears yoga trousers if expecting fancy guests. Whenever Charlotte’s not working, she can be found in close proximity to tea and cake. Charlotte lives near London with her husband, son, daughter, and the extraordinarily fluffy cat who rules over them all.

Vashti Hardy is a writer of children’s books living near Brighton in Sussex with her family. She was a primary school teacher for several years, and has a special interest in children’s writing, especially free-writing and the use of journals and creating fantasy worlds. She has a first-class honours teaching degree with English specialism and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. After leaving teaching to focus more on her writing, she also became a digital marketing executive.

Vashti is an alumni member of The Golden Egg Academy and is represented by Kate Shaw of The Viney Shaw Agency. Her books BRIGHTSTORM and WILDSPARK are published in the UK by Scholastic. Brightstorm was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and The BAMB Reader’s Choice Award and also long listed for the Blue Peter Book Award.


Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

34 – 35 High Street

Southampton, SO14 2HN



Additional Info

Additional information


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

Reviews (1)

1 review for SOUTHAMPTON – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops

  1. Cate Holness

    I’d really like to book the Southampton weekend in February 2020. Is there an option to pay in instalments, please?

    • Stuart White

      Yes, once you add the 2 day option to your cart, you go to the checkout and follow the instructions at the bottom to pay in instalments.
      Remember to use the JULY EARLY BIRD discount for 10%. CODE: WWW10 into the coupon box.

      • Cate Holness

        Thank you Stuart!

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