Workshops and Lectures

From Pitch to Print

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Tutor: Paul Walker
Monday 3rd Feb from 19:30 to 21:00
Cost £10

A few weeks after Paul Walker retired from full-time work he enrolled on Elizabeth Barber's Creative Writing course at The Settlement. He had a half-formed idea that he would like to write a novel, but wasn't sure he was up to it. He had no experience of writing even short stories and the task of creating a readable, full-length book appeared formidable. Three years later, he has published a contemporary mystery and has a contract with a publisher for a trilogy of historical fiction novels. The second of these was published early in November 2019. In this talk, Paul will recount his journey from tentative scribbler to published author (but still learning at The Settlement). He will share lessons and tips from his experience. * Planning and research * Plot structure * Presentation and grammar * Pitfalls and common failings * Getting published * Sitting back while the royalties roll in?

Write it Right - Self-editing

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Friday 7th Feb from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £27

Have you written something and are ready to edit? You've read it again, but you're not sure where to start. If so, come along and join another of our popular writing workshops. If you have a piece of writing you'd like to work on, bring up to 1000 words. During the day you will consider published works, try some editing exercises and work in small groups on your own writing. If you don't have anything to bring, come along anyway and participate in a small, supportive group. New and experienced writers are welcome. Contact me - [email protected] if you would like more details. Please bring a packed lunch.

Handsome, Sometimes Clever & Almost Always Rich: Jane Austen's Heroes & Villains

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Saturday 22nd Feb from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

We will consider the heroes and villains who fill the pages of Jane Austen’s novels, and who provide her heroines (and us!) with delight, diversion and sometimes disappointment. Our subjects will include John Willoughby, Colonel Brandon, Mr Collins, Mr Darcy, Frank Churchill, Mr Knightley and Captain Wentworth and we will also discuss heroism and villainy, past and present!

Building Beautifully in Concrete

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Tutor: Tim Parrott
Saturday 29th Feb from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

There have always been beautiful concrete buildings, but a great many constructions were put up too quickly and too cheaply, and located too close to more traditional styles of building, and these are the unattractive objects which have shaped the public attitude to concrete. This course focuses on some of the buildings and bridges we love today, and which could not have been built in any other material. Please bring a packed lunch.