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Writers' Meet -up - the Programme
« on: January 11, 2012, 03:36:55 AM »
In case you wondered what we are doing here is the programme for the week end

To be held at Fowl Green Farm, Commondale, N. Yorks.
From Friday 16 March to Monday 19 March 2012


Friday 16 March 2012

Breakfast is self-catering in your own cottages. Please bring food on Friday according to the programme of events. Chris Treadgold will provide you with a guided tour of the area if you are not attending the workshops.  

Arrive from 13.30hrs allocation of your accommodation. Please bring a pad and pen and please pay for your accommodation at some point over the week end. We will show you where to pay.

15.00 hrs
Meet and Greet – Tea, coffee and introductions. Meet in The Conference Barn on site.
It is important that all the events are on time to avoid having to cut short a workshop. If you are not there, we will be unable to wait more than five minutes.  

 Jean Fullerton introduces the workshop programme for the week end and provides a tutorial.

 Subject:  Characterisation - 2 hrs

Characters are the dynamos that keep people turning the page of any story, but often poorly developed, unrealistic or weak characters are also why readers put books down half-finished. Jean Fullerton has designed this workshop to help you to develop unforgettable characters and start to develop critical skills for identify characters that just aren’t working.

 Lin Treadgold discusses the programme for the weekend with a general discussion - duration half an hour, to allow time to prepare for evening meal

Leave for dinner   – pre-booked for 20.00hrs, probably in Saltburn by the Sea.  Return to cottage after dinner for social evening retiring to bed.

20.00 Dinner

17 March 2012

Breakfast in your own cottages
Meet in The Conference Barn.

Workshop.  Subject:  Show/Tell

‘Show Don’t Tell’ is one of the fundamental skills any writer needs to develop; but what does it actually mean? Through exercises and examples Jean Fullerton will help you build a deeper understanding of the Show/Tell concept.   Duration 2 hours

 – Leave the accommodation and ride over the moors by car to catch the 12.30pm steam train to Pickering and return. Treat yourself to lunch on the train in the old Pullman Diner Car.    The cost is GBP49.50 per person, to include your ticket Please pre- book this as soon as possible with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway They are booking NOW. You will have plenty of time to dine in style and return to Grosmont. You can buy sandwiches on the train or take your own picnic in the main carriages. Snacks can be bought on board with the trolley. Some of our group have already booked the Diner Car.

15.00 - 16.00 return for afternoon tea at Fowl Green Farm.  Meet Lin and Chris in their cottage and socialise.

Your Work Reviewed.  IMPORTANT
 A ‘one to one’ discussion of your first five pages of your novel. By prior appointment only.  Please send your work to Jean by the 25 February 2012 to give her time to check it through before the ‘Meet-up’

Those who have not sent in their work and have arrived with their partners will get chance to have a couple of hours free to explore the area.

Please return before 6.30 in time to prepare for dinner or a bar meal at the local pub if you have not eaten on the train. We hope to go to the Duke of Wellington at Danby.

19.30 Evening out.  Follow Lin and Chris to Danby in the car.

18 March 2012

Breakfast in your own cottages.

10.00am – 12.00noon
Jean provides us with a tutorial on
Narrative Voice– Duration 2 hours

You know your story but who is going to tell it?  Is it the main protagonists or through the eyes of an insignificant character on the side-lines, and will you use first person or third? Voice is the most difficult part of writing and possibly the hardest to define or quantify but it is what defines you story telling. It is developed not learnt and in this workshop, Jean Fullerton hopes to start you on the road to discover your unique writer’s voice.    

Free time and make your own lunch.

14.00hrs leave for the Ryedale Folk Museum at Hutton Le Hole about twenty-five minutes up the road.

Afternoon tea at the local teashop/or a ride over the Moors guided by Chris Treadgold – depending on the weather. Bring your camera.

Return 17.00 hrs

Jean Fullerton Question Time – one hour.

A chance to ask Jean questions about her books, her routine, the publishing industry and anything writing related.  Meet either in The Conference Barn or Lin & Chris’ cottage.

19.30 Dinner/bar meal at local pub. No obligation to join the group. Free time to explore.

 19 March 2012

9am – 10.30am Jean Fullerton tutorial

Pace, Action and Excitement.

What is a story without it? In this final workshop, Jean will give some tips and hints on how to tighten your narrative to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and sitting up to the wee small hours just to see what happens next.

We close for the week-end – please ensure you don’t leave anything behind and you leave your cottage as you found it.  

Discuss if we should do this again.

10. 45
We say goodbye to Fowl Green Farm.  Leave before noon.

Have a fantastic week end.  Come back soon.  
« Last Edit: January 11, 2012, 04:05:07 AM by Lin Treadgold »


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Re: Writers' Meet -up - the Programme
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 02:35:45 PM »
There is one place left - any takers?

Lin x