|Creating an imaginative world in 1-5,000 words – a world
that a reader can enter into and be absorbed by, is not
A good short story is like a chocolate – rich, perfectly
formed and concentrated. From the first bite you can’t put
it down. Usually it involves one main idea, and often only
one or two characters. Each word, each event, each image
must earn it's place.
Yet, it is surprisingly all encompassing. You can write
about anything at all from major tragedy or trauma to the
lightest and most insouciant of incidents. Everything
depends on how, you write it.
When you’ve finished, the
story should leave the reader with something to remember, an
after-taste, something that perhaps disconcerts a little, or
an insight that is new.
What if I have no imagination? You do. We all do. It’s part
of being human, the fun part, the fearful part and the
In my workshop, I show you how to use your imagination to
create a fascinating character, who then creates your story.
Soon, you begin to trust your imagination and your
instincts, because after all, you have been observing
character and the way people interact since the day you were
In summary, you
- An understanding of the craft of
- The joy of using your imagination –
and how to switch it on.
- An understanding of character
creation, dialogue and scene setting.
- Editing skills which will clarify
and sharpen your writing.
- And you will better appreciate what
Who will benefit
- You will, if you have attended my
‘Writing from the Heart’ workshop with
its emphasis on your
own experiences. This workshop is about
using your creative imagination.
- You will, if you have a lot of story
ideas but are uncertain how to craft
- You will, if you want to understand
how to develop character and plot for a
novel, or a play, or a poem.
- Or, if you are a raw beginner and
are just thinking about writing any of
these, then this is definitely for you.
‘Inspirational! It started me writing again with
a new sense of direction and confidence.’
biggest obstacle is that I find my own writing
boring and I think it may not touch other
people, but after this
weekend I’ve changed my view.’
I understand a simple process which works for
was all so helpful. And especially the
information on how to set a scene and make the
characters come to life.’
you Rose. I have greatly enjoyed this weekend.
You have taken my interest in writing from
inspiration into a desire to work on the fine crafting of a story.’
‘You were very professional, courteous and
patient and always encouraging. I had been
attending but I soon found myself relaxing and
learning a great deal about the craft of
workshop gave me a much clearer understanding of
how to construct a story and the value of
enjoyed the various ways of loosening up the
creative brain and carrying this flexibility
through to the process
of writing a story. Not to mention all your
wonderful style and publication tips.’
‘What amazed was how quickly I felt relaxed due
to your quiet courtesy and professionalism. You
me to see the undergirding meaning of my story
and how important it is to select the right
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