TAUNTON – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops
£25.00 – £200.00
15th and 16th 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)
SAT AM: Workshop One: Damaris – A Whole New World: Fantasy world-building workshop using maps, research and mood boards.
SAT PM: Workshop Two: Sophie – Poem Power! : A workshop about writing poems for children and how poetry can be used to unlock other forms of writing
SUN AM: Workshop Three: Sophie – ‘Heaven in a Wildflower’ : A workshop about using the natural world to create powerful and evocative settings.
SUN PM: Workshop Four: Damaris – Getting To The Heart of Your Villain: In this workshop we will get to know our antagonists and understand their motivations.
Inclusive of the following:
- Morning & afternoon tea, coffee & biscuits
- Buffet lunch
Damaris spent her childhood in southern and central Africa before moving back to the UK as an adult. She has a Masters in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and is also an alumni member of The Golden Egg Academy, that specialises in children’s publishing. Her debut The Switching Hour is being published by Scholastic in August 2019, with a second children’s novel out Spring 2020. Damaris is passionate about inspiring and empowering young readers with knowledge and action about climate change. She is represented by Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency.
Sophie Kirtley grew up in Northern Ireland, where she spent her childhood climbing on hay bales, rolling down sand-dunes and leaping the raw Atlantic waves. Nowadays she lives in South West England with her husband, three children and their mini-menagerie of pets and wild things.
Sophie has always loved stories: she taught English in secondary schools for many years and has worked in a theatre, a bookshop and a tiny pub where folk tell fairytales by candlelight. Sophie is also a prize-winning published poet, writing for both adults and children.
In 2018 Sophie graduated with Distinction from the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Her picture book Moles…According to Mike won the Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize 2017 and her middle grade adventure novel Hartboy was shortlisted for the 2017 Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize.
Sophie is represented by Nancy Miles and her debut novel will be published in 2021.
C.J. Skuse (Claire) is the author of five UKYA novels Pretty Bad Things (2010), Rockoholic (
C.J. has recently moved into writing adult crime fiction with the bestselling novels Sweetpea (2017) and its sequel In Bloom (2018). Her third crime novel The Alibi Girl is publishing in February 2020. All three novels are published by HQ/HarperCollins. The film rights for Sweetpea were sold in 2017 to See Saw Films, the company behind the award-winning movie The King’s Speech, and production on a TV series begins early 2020. You can find C.J. on Twitter @CeejaytheAuthor and Instagram (ceejayismeejay).
The Corner House Hotel,
Park Street, TA1 4DQ, Taunton
2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free), 1 full day Saturday, 1 full day Sunday, 1-2-1, 2 full days (concession), Saturday (concession), Sunday (concession)