Swanwick Writers’ Summer School is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. Running from 11th to 17th August at the Hayes Conference Centre, this will be its seventieth year of offering a full range of writing-related activities.
If you’ve ever wanted to write that crime novel, join real life Crime Scene Investigator Kate Bendelow and former murder detective Graham Bartlett, as they take you through the details and show you how to make crime pay. Meanwhile, Alison Chisholm shows poets how to enhance and energise their poems with a wealth of tips. Or maybe you’d like to write your life? Paul Dodgson investigates the nature of memory and shows you how to create a sense of time and place as well as write believable dialogue. If short stories are more your thing then Della Galton aims to have you write one that’s ready for publication by the end of the week, while former BBC news correspondent and novelist, Simon Hall, walks you right through the A-Z of novel writing.
In addition, there are sixteen short courses on offer including the secrets of sitcom, songwriting, competitions, publishing and editing. Plus ten one hour workshops include how to be a theatre critic, mind mapping, writing for the under eights as well as erotic fiction.
Our Speakers 2018
Evening speakers this year are bestselling author Sue Moorcroft who provides insight into the rights and wrongs of writing, while crime writer AA Dhand talks about his acclaimed Harry Virdee novels. Simon Nelson, from the BBC Writers Room, will be talking about television drama, how it’s made and how writers make it, and award-winning local storyteller Sophie Snell will round off the week.
There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved too. Open mic nights provide the opportunity to share poems and prose, buskers night gives those musically inclined to sing and play, while if you’ve ever wanted to have a go at acting there’s the opportunity to take part in Page to Stage. This five-minute theatre encourages writers to create seven plays that are then rehearsed and performed during the week.
Come for the week, or if you live locally come for the day, with a taster day rate of just £90 it’s the best value for money around. All the details are at www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk
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The Hayes Conference Centre