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Festival Workshops

2nd June 2018


Here are the details of the workshops offered

at TheFED Writing Festival

on Saturday 2nd June 2018

Could you run a workshop for us?

Morning Workshops 10.30 - 12.00

1. ‘Missing Piece of the Jigsaw’ - Jan Wilkins (OGS 102 First Floor)

Jigsaw’s traverse ages – from child to adulthood and from simplicity to complicated – from cardboard to wood – all of us have held a jigsaw piece in our hands and pondered.
How many of us have been frustrated by the ‘missing piece?’

Come along to my workshop – and be the ‘missing piece of the jigsaw’. What will you be? And where in the jigsaw are you? Are you in a ‘quiet space’ or at the ‘centre of things’?  In this workshop – you have the chance to be ‘that missing piece’ and complete your jigsaw.

We will look at different options and writing exercises – working towards ‘a final piece’ and adding characters, bringing your jigsaw to life!

No ‘jigsaw experience’ necessary, ha, ha.

2. 'A showing of The Last Laugh' - Louise Glasscoe (OGS 103 First Floor)

The play, The Last Laugh, was originally written by High Peak Writers, Buxton, a mental health self-help group, with the aid of local playwright, Alan Ogden, and an Awards for All grant. At my instigation, because I felt the play fitted in with the time-to-change Campaign to challenge the stigma associated with mental distress, I asked a local playwright, Caroline Small, to adapt the play for stage, with the aid of funding from High Peak Mayoralties’ Charity and Derbyshire Community Foundation, to be performed in the 2010 Buxton Fringe Festival. I contacted a local film-maker, Jim Lampard, to film the play over two nights and this dvd is the product of that work. The play only lasts half an hour but there could be discussion afterwards.

3. 'You Already Know Your Grammar - even if you think you don’t' - John Malcomson (OGS 201, 2nd Floor)

Lots of people think they don’t know about grammar, but native English speakers use correct grammar (almost) all the time without even thinking about it. Did you know there is only one order for a string of adjectives? You probably don’t, but you use it anyway. People also automatically write in ways that make their writing easier to understand, even if they don’t realise they are doing it.

We will be doing some fun writing exercises that show you know more about grammar than you think. We will also look at some of the tricks used by great writers to make their writing more readable and memorable, and show how you can do the same and make it second nature in your writing. Above all, this workshop will be about the enjoyment to be had from writing.

4. Documenting the Past, Preserving the Future - Jess Pauszek and Vincent Portillo (OGS 202, Second Floor)

This workshop begins with the question "why do we write?", asking all members to reflect on (and write about) why we do it, what motivates us, and what we value about writing. We will also have a conversation about what stories we want to tell and what ideas we want remembered -- particularly thinking about the future of this group and its preservation rooted back to the early FWWCP beginnings in 1976.

This workshop will involve writing, discussion, and some interviewing (done by workshop participants). It will be aimed at collecting writing and audio interviews from FED members in order to document histories of the group. If permitted by individuals, the writing and recordings produced in this workshop will be collected for the digital archive.


Afternoon Workshops (13.45 - 15.15)

5. Creating a Memorable Character - John Malcomson (OGS 201 2nd Floor)

All stories are about people. Getting the character right is essential to a good story, because characters are what people want to read about. Further, no character exists in isolation as characters interact with one another. In this workshop you will learn how to get inside a character's head and bring her or him alive on the page, and to see how the way one character reacts to another helps to develop the sense of character.

6. 'Peace' - Lucia and Roy Birch (Auditorium, Basement)

An interactive workshop to explore our relationship with peace in our lives and in our world.

We will include meditation and a mindfulness exercise and create our own writing and or pictures as ways to invite and anchor the intangible dream of peace to become more present, vibrant and accessible.

7. 'Scene, Sequel, MRU - How to make them work for you' - Philip Corwin (OGS 102, First Floor)

Have you ever heard of Motivation-Reaction Units? Are you aware that a Scene can be split into two parts? In this workshop on technique, you will learn the building blocks of a Scene that will help you write more natural and more varied. This technique not only helps during the planning stage of a novel or a short story, but can also be applied during editing.

8. 'Generating Ideas for Stories' - Sunitha Webster (OGS 103, First Floor)

If you've struggled with finding creative ideas, or if you've found it hard to express those ideas in writing, have a go at this workshop.

We will be looking at fun ways of setting off creative trains of thought and gathering snippets of inspiration through games and quickfire exercises. We will also look at ways of testing ideas to decide on which ones to take forward as long-term projects.


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