New – Writing Masterclasses for 2021

Before we went online!

Intensive, online master-classes for those wanting to take their writing to the next level…

SCEne design – FRIDAY 28TH MAY 2021 – One space remaining

A one day, online, masterclass on how ensure that every scene has earned its place in your story. We’ll be looking at how to design engaging scenes that drive the story forward and we’ve got not one but two guest authors – Philippa East and Louise Mumford. Philippa’s debut novel Little White Lies was longlisted for the Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ prize and shortlisted for the CWA ‘New Blood’ Award. Her second novel, Safe and Sound, was released in February 2021. Alongside her writing, Philippa continues to work as a psychologist and therapist. Louise’s debut novel, Sleepless, is a thriller and was published in December 2020.

walking the talk – Friday 25th June 2021 – guest author to be announced

A one day, online, masterclass on how to write compelling dialogue that advances the plot, builds character and creates subtext. How do we write dialogue that sounds realistic but exciting, that is both credible and incredible at the same time. We’ll be looking at how dialogue creates brilliant opportunities for subtext, giving us space to read between the lines.

Each day follows the same structure  (below) and takes place on Zoom. Class sizes are limited to allow plenty of time for questions and discussion.

For further details or to book a place on either masterclass please email: retreat_retreat@aol.com

 AGENDA

10am – 10.15am               Introduction to the Course

10.15am – 11.15am          Master-class

11.15am – 1pm                 Independent Work (on given challenge)

1pm – 2pm                        Lunch

2pm – 2.15pm                   Introduction to the Afternoon

2.15pm – 3.15pm               Focus Group Work

3pm – 3.30pm                   Coffee Break

3.30pm – 4.15pm              Questions/Conclusions  

7.30pm – 8.30pm             Guest Author reflects on theme of master-class  

COST:   Either day – £45/£30 (concs)  Both days booked together – £80/£50 (concs

Charlotte Levin – Guest Author

Masterclasses by Ali Harper

Helen Cross – Guest Author