Coming in 2020, in cities/towns all round the UK
#WriteMentor Writing Weekends!
We know that sometimes a number of factors prevent writers from travelling very far to take part in creative writing courses/workshops. Health, mobility, finance and family responsibilities are all high on that list. I know getting to London where so many courses/workshops are located is difficult for me personally, due to health/family and also work responsibilities.
So, we are bringing our workshops to you. Whole weekends, packed with 4 workshops, time for free writing, sharing work, practising your pitching, and an expert workshop leader who will be on hand to guide you through the weekend.
No need to buy expensive train tickets (hopefully) or book accommodation. You can have breakfast and dinner at home, and we’ll provide you with a delicious lunch (I promise I won’t cook it!).
Check out the details below and I hope you’ll agree that these writing weekends will provide you with great value, with less travel and time away from home/the family.
What will the writing weekends include?
The workshops will be planned by the workshop leaders and so will differ from venue to venue – check each individual venue for more specific details.
We also plan to include visiting authors/agents/editors to each weekend (as availability permits) and these will be announced on a venue by venue basis.
What will the 1-2-1 involve?
You can either:
- use the time to chat about your work/writing in general
- discuss specific craft areas
- practice your pitching
- send in 2 pages (double-spaced, 12′) of your work to discuss (this may change on an individual basis depending on who the guest is)
Just let us know when you sign up.
PLEASE NOTE: we will limit the 1-2-1s to 10 places, so signing up early is imperative in order to ensure you get one of these highly sought after spots.
How much will it cost?
Writers would have the option of doing both days at a cost of £200* or £100 for 1 day (includes lunch/resources). And there’s a 11% saving of £25 if you choose both days and a 1-2-1 (the 1-2-1 will be subject to availability).
*Except in London/Dublin which will be £220.
We do plan to offer scholarship places. Apply here:
The 1-2-1 sessions may be on the Saturday OR Sunday, so be sure to check your local workshop before booking.
Who will run them?
We have a strong group of workshop leaders who have already agreed to run some of our workshops around the country. This will be an evolving roster and we will add leaders to the other venues, and perhaps add venues as demand dictates.
We also have industry expert guests who will run 1-2-1s at each venue.
Can I apply to be a workshop leader?
If you are traditionally published in the UK (or are scheduled to be), and have an agent, with experience of querying and pitching, we would love to hear from you.
We have positions unfilled in some locations and we are also open to running weekend workshops in other locations than those listed.
So do apply, using the form below, if you are interested.
FREELANCE WORKSHOP LEADER
Hours: 9am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday on a minimum 2 weekends a year (1 in Jan-June and 1 in July-Dec).
Fee: £800 per weekend for both days.
Location: Varies. Check the form below for those planned, but if there isn’t one near you, and you’d like to add that location, type it into other on your application. We will consider almost anywhere as per our mission statement.
– Lead 4 workshops (2 on Sat and 2 on Sunday).
– Offer guidance, advice and general moral support to the writers in attendance.
– Email resources used in workshops to writers in advance.
– Published by traditional UK publisher.
– Represented by an agent, and have experience of querying and pitching.
– A desire to help other writers improve.
– Great communicator.
– Experience of leading writing workshops.
– Good local knowledge of writing hubs and writing groups.
– Willingness to help locate venues for workshops which are appropriate to needs.
– Able to help market the workshops via social media and local sources.
1-2-1 industry experts: https://forms.gle/PjzQZHfw5UXkuUfm7