Workshops with Libertà

Libertà offers workshops on various aspects of novel-writing for writers at all stages of their careers. Details of current and future full-day workshops are below or you can subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to hear about our upcoming sessions.

Workshops #1 & #2 — SPARKLE
Add Sparkle to Your MS

Problem: you’ve read the books, you’ve taken the courses, you’ve edited the 1st three chapters or more. People read your story. They’re kind. But you know from their reaction that it’s a bit bleurgh. Or you send it to agents and they’re mildly complimentary but keep passing. Or you have to drag yourself to the desk even to open the file again.

Answer: it needs more oomph. Very difficult to do alone. You need people to spark off. We find other writers ideal.

  • tricks and tips that have put the pep back champagne pop after the Add Sparkle workshopsinto our writing
  • exercises to add impact to your writing — where it matters
  • lots of discussion 
  • and fun!

Sparkle workshops are not about the initial creation of your MS. They are workshops to help writers to edit their drafts in order to engage with their readers.

Sparkle #1 — HOOK & HOLD — concentrates on the vital first 10% of your story, the section that potential readers can download as an ebook sample. publish for impact blurbAdd Sparkle to HOOK your reader from the start and to HOLD her — up to and beyond the end of the sample — so that she feels compelled to buy your book.

Sparkle #2 — BLING IT UP — looks at adding Sparkle to your book as a whole so that your reader is deeply engaged, and so delighted with your story that you go on her autobuy list for your next book.

(It would be helpful, but is not essential, to have done the Sparkle #1 workshop before attending Sparkle #2.)

Forthcoming Sparkle Workshop Date(s): 
Sparkle #1:  Hook & Hold  Saturday, 17th June 2017, RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London
Full day workshop with lunch. Price £88 (Earlybird £79)   Detailed flyer here


Workshop #3 — EXPLORERS
Feeling Stale? Need to Refresh? Reset Your Writing Compass

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Sir Francis Drake for adventurer workshops

Problem: you’re an experienced writer. You know yourself very well. But writing is getting harder and harder. Or you’re not enjoying it much. Or you can’t concentrate. Or you can’t work out what to do next.


Answer: remember writing your first book? You were like an explorer, full of fiery enthusiasm. You couldn’t keep away from it.

Christopher Columbus for adventurer workshops

  • workshop starts with quiz: Isabella Bird for adventurer workshopsWhich Adventurer are You?
  • exercises designed to uncover the writing journey you really want to take now
  • and how to manage it without frightening the horses



We (Joanna and Sophie) have planned these workshops because:

  • they deal with problems we see regularly
  • we’ve had them ourselves at one time or another…
  • … and got through them. Each workshop really is the result of blood-stained experience.

In all our workshops, we aim to tailor the content to the needs of the group, so we will invite participants to tell us in advance about specific issues they’d like us to cover. For some workshops, we will also invite participants to submit material to us in advance.

Timing, Venues, Prices

  • Timing: Workshop #1 — HOOK & HOLD — will run on Saturday 17th June 2017. Workshops #2 and #3 are planned for later in 2017 and early 2018. Dates will appear on the Events page as soon as workshop flyers are available
  • Venue(s): RAF Club, Piccadilly, London for the first workshops
    Workshops may be repeated later in non-London venues if there is demand
  • Prices: will cover the full-day Saturday session, including lunch and refreshments. Prices are on workshop flyers and there are discounts for Earlybird bookings
  • Numbers will be limited to ensure all participants can benefit from discussion and individual attention

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email
workshops AT libertabooks DOT com or use the contact page

3 thoughts on “Workshops with Libertà

  1. Laurie Bishop

    I would happily pay for an e-version–or a transcript–of workshop no. 3. I would love to travel to London but I can’t see it happening in the next year or so. Thank you!

    1. Joanna

      Hi Laurie and sorry for delay in replying. Was on holiday!

      We haven’t yet decided whether we’ll let people buy e-versions or transcripts. TBH, we hadn’t thought about it till you raised it. If we do decide to go down that track, we’ll let you know.

    2. Joanna adm

      Hi again Laurie
      Just to bring you up to date. Also for anyone else who may have been wondering about this.

      We have now held the first Explorers workshop. It was very successful but, as we promise all our Explorer participants that everything said at the workshop will remain confidential, there is no scope for any kind of transcript. I’m sorry if that’s disappointing for you but, for this kind of interactive workshop, I’m afraid people do have to be there


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