Workshops #1 & #2 — Add SPARKLE to Your MS
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.
It needs more oomph. Very difficult to do alone.
You need people to spark off. We find other writers ideal.
Sparkle Workshops offer you:
— tricks and tips that have put the pep back into 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. (It would be helpful, but is not essential, to have done the Sparkle #1 workshop before attending Sparkle #2.)
HOOK & HOLD concentrates on the vital first 10% of your story, the section that potential readers can download as an ebook sample (though it works for print, too).
You want your book to:
- hook your reader from the outset
- beckon the reader into your world
- create compelling mental pictures
- keep your reader turning the pages
Add 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.
Next Date(s) for Sparkle #1: Hook & Hold
Saturday, 17th June 2017, RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London
Full day workshop with lunch. Price £88
Detailed flyer here or simply contact us for an application form and how you can pay
Sparkle Workshop #2 — BLING IT UP
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.
- blinging up your action writing, your dialogue, your world-building, your characters
- making words earn their keep
- exploiting the space between words
- shaping scenes internally
- contrasting scenes with one another
Next Date(s) for Sparkle #2: Bling It Up
Autumn 2017, in London. Date and venue will be announced here soon
If you’d like us to let you know the date as soon as it’s available, contact us or sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be among the first to hear.
One-Day and Two-Day Sparkle Workshops in Birmingham and London
Future Sparkle workshops may take place in Birmingham as well as London though dates and venues are not available yet.
Back-to-back workshops over a weekend — Hook & Hold plus Bling It Up — are also planned but not until 2018. Dates will be published in our newsletter as soon as we have them.