Workshops

Updated Version of the Workshops Leaflet

I’m excited and happy to announce that I’ve now updated my workshops leaflet with the latest information. If you’re into writing and self-publishing and would like to learn more about it, do take a look here:

Writers’ Workshops and 

Self-Publishing Workshops 

with Helen Claire Gould

Author of Floodtide, The Stallion  and She…

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On Zoom

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Tuesday afternoons, four-weekly,

2.00 pm — 4.30 pm.

Starts Tuesday 22nd September, 2020.

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Have you always written? Have you never written anything,
but always thought, “I could do that?”
Well, now’s your chance to learn how to write and self-publish,
in an informal setting, with helpful & friendly guidance,
lots of practice, and a mixture of  small group
and individual work to build confidence.  

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Zoom workshops include a PowerPoint presentation, whole group, small group and individual working, relevant examples, handouts, writing and self-publishing exercises, and time to share work.
They are also available as private and shared lessons. Individual mentoring sessions are also available.

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These workshops are suitable for writers over 16

Workshops

       Writers’ Workshops

               Getting Started

               Date:  currently unavailable

               Time:  N/A

Fast, fun and furious, this taster workshop encourages new writers especially to engage with their own writing using small group work and multiple genre “stations”, each with a different source of writing           inspiration.

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“Dialogue”

Date: Tuesday 22nd September, 2020

Time:  2.00 pm—4.30 pm

If you’ve been to writers’ workshops and heard buzzwords like subtext and context, and infodumping, and wondered what they mean — well, be confused no more!
Find out what it’s all about at this workshop. There will be plenty of practice exercises in a friendly, helpful and informal atmosphere!

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Topics:

  • What dialogue covers and how to represent different types of dialogue on the page;
  • the difference between direct and reported speech, and correct use of speech marks and quote marks;
  • What ‘move the story on’ and ‘develop the characters’ mean;
  • the differences between speech and dialogue;
  • the presentation of dialogue on the page can affect the reader’s understanding of it;
  • the concepts behind subtext and context;
  • using contractions for characterisation in dialogue;
  • infodumping and how to avoid it;
  • speech tags and methods of replacing them.

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Story-Telling for Writers I

Date: Tuesday 20th October 2020

Time:  2.00 pm—4.30 pm

      “A story has a beginning, a middle and an end, right?”
     “Sure. But how do you get there?”
Come to this workshop to find out how a few simple techniques and diagrams, plus observation and analysis, can help you shape the story you want to write. We also cover transitions and story-writing modes.

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Topics:

  • Writing involves communication, problem-solving & decision-making skills;
  • who will tell the story;
  • whether or not to use a narrator, and why;
  • the difference between the subjective and objective viewpoints;
  • the grammatical origin of “person”;
  • use of an appropriate perspective in a story;
  • the use of different perspectives controls what the reader picks up from the story;
  • how different characters possess different knowledge, which influences the story and its effects on other characters;
  • how to make a story “immediate” for the reader, and keep them turning the page;
  • using dramatic irony as a story-telling resource;
  • How many viewpoint characters?
  • naïve and unreliable narrators.

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Story-Telling for Writers II

Date:  Tuesday 17th November, 2020

Time:  2.00 pm—4.30 pm

This time we tackle story-telling devices to control the flow of information to the reader, starting and finishing scenes, making dialogue work for you, plot pivots and what happens to a character when they learn something new.

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Topics:

  • Transitions between chapters and/or scenes;
  • linking characters at a transition;
  • how to start a new scene or chapter;
  • using dialogue to move the plot on or develop characters;
  • further story-telling techniques and how to avoid spoilers;
  • ways to avoid repetition of text in stories within the main story;
  • plot pivots and how they shape a plot;
  • plot pivot types and how they change the behaviour of characters;
  • the wave structure of a chapter;
  • how to finish a chapter or scene.

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Person, Point of View & Characterisation I

Date:  Wednesday 15th December, 2020

Time:  2.00 pm—4.30 pm

Training your writing “voice” and perspective. We’ll explore the          various “persons” you can write in, what their effects on the story are, and the differences between the various types of narration available to authors. And we’ll look at what can be a side-effect of a certain writing style — dramatic irony — and how it affects the text.

Topics:

  • Transitions between chapters and/or scenes;
  • linking characters at a transition;
  • how to start a new scene or chapter;
  • using dialogue to move the plot on or develop characters;
  • further story-telling techniques and how to avoid spoilers;
  • ways to avoid repetition of text in stories within the main story;
  • plot pivots and how they shape a plot;
  • plot pivot types and how they change the behaviour of characters;
  • the wave structure of a chapter;
  • how to finish a chapter or scene.

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Person, Point of View & Characterisation I

Date:  Wednesday 15th December, 2020

Time:  2.00 pm—4.30 pm

Training your writing “voice” and perspective. We’ll explore the              various “persons” you can write in, what their effects on the story are, and the differences between the various types of narration available to authors. And we’ll look at what can be a side-effect of a certain writing style — dramatic irony — and how it affects the text.

Topics:

  • Writing involves communication, problem-solving & decision-making skills;
  • who will tell the story;
  • whether or not to use a narrator, and why;
  • the difference between the subjective and objective viewpoints;
  • the grammatical origin of “person”;
  • use of an appropriate perspective in a story;
  • the use of different perspectives controls what the reader picks up from the story;
  • how different characters possess different knowledge, which influences the story and its effects on other characters;
  • how to make a story “immediate” for the reader, and keep them turning the page;
  • using dramatic irony as a story-telling resource;
  • How many viewpoint characters?
  • naïve and unreliable narrators.

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Person, Point of View & Characterisation II

Date:  Tuesday 12th January, 2021

Time:  2.00 pm—4.30 pm

This workshop is designed to equip writers with ways of revealing character to the reader. Building on the techniques discussed in Person, Point of View and Characterisation I, it’s an essential part of the writer’s toolkit.

Topics:

  • six methods of building character;
  • defining and revealing personality through what characters say and how they say it;
  • the thumbnail sketch;
  • how actions define and reveal character;
  • the difference between showing and telling techniques, and how to use them to define and reveal character;
  • the difference between contrasting and paralleling characters, and how to contrast and parallel characters.

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Message from Helen regarding the workshops:

Hi everyone, I’m really sorry but due to the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, I have had to cancel all workshops at the various venues for the foreseeable future. However, I am looking into ways in which I could continue these services online – so do watch this space!

Writing and Self-Publishing

There are currently no physical workshop running due to Covid-19. As soon as it is physically possible to run physical workshops again I will look into organising some, however, it will take a while to do the publicity beforehand.

There are currently no plans to run any physical geology workshops due to Covid-19. 

Geology

Plate Tectonics & the Rock Cycle

 A look at the complex relationship between plate tectonics, surface processes (which are driven by the Sun’s interaction with the atmosphere) and the Rock Cycle.

Outline:

  • 3 basic rock types: igneous, sedimentary & metamorphic
  • The origin of rocks: source material and processes; texture relationships
  • The Earth’s tectonic plates; 3 types of tectonic boundary; evidence for the existence of plate tectonics
  • Timeline for the discovery of plate tectonics; how tectonics relate to the rock cycle; evidence for the existence of a rock cycle
  • Theories of the formation of the Moon; how did plate tectonics start?
  • What makes a rock; rock properties.
  • How to use a hand lens; practical geological exercises

Duration: 2 hrs

Price: TBA

Course code: GPS10

There will be refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and a practical session with rocks to finish

Level: Any

See the Upcoming Events page for details of the next time this course will run

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Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites

A dip into the less well-known bodies in the Solar System.

Outline:

  • Why do we want to know about comets, asteroids and meteorites?
  • How did the Solar System form?
  • What was the primordial solar nebula made of?
  • So what are comets, asteroids and meteorites made of?
  • Where did these objects form in the Solar System?
  • How old are comets, asteroids and meteorites?
  • Were comets, asteroids and meteorites ever part of planets or satellites, or were they just always chunks of rock and/or ice?
  • Why do some have strange orbits
  • Is there any chance they could collide with the Earth in the future?
  • How to use a hand lens; practical geological exercises.

Duration: 2 hrs

Price: TBA

Course code: GPS20

There will be refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and a practical session with rocks to finish.

Level: Any

See the Upcoming Events page for details of the next time this course will run

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Coming soon: Minerals Workshop, Fossils Workshop

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IMPORTANT!

Payment details:

  • Pay by cheque or Paypal.
  • As places are limited, all places must be booked in advance.
  • Booking is through this site, or by phone or e-mail.
  • Please enquire by phone or e-mail before making a payment, in case a particular course has filled up.
  • Call 01733-232127 for further information, place availability, or to book. The number has an answerphone, so if I’m out when you call, leave me a message and I’ll ring you back a.s.a.p.