Workshops

Writing

“Dialogue”

This is one of the hardest parts of writing fiction, so this short course explores ways of producing dialogue that does what you want it to.

Outline:

  • What do we mean by Dialogue?
  • Representation for Readers
  • Speech
  • Untangling “Dialogue should always Move the Story On or Develop the Characters”
  • What’s different about dialogue?
  • Layout on the page
  • Subtext & Context
  • Contractions
  • Infodumping
  • Speech Tags

Duration: 2 hrs, 15 minutes

Price: TBA

Course code: CW10

There will be refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts – and lots of practice!

Level: Budding writers and improvers

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

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Storytelling for Writers

It’s sometimes forgotten that there are two sides to writing fiction. We should always aim to improve the writing so that it’s the best it can be, but what about the story-telling techniques that keep the flow of information under control? Find out about them in this daytime course.

Outline:

  • Plot-driven or character-driven?
  • Working from a plan—the writer and the character
  • What does your story look like?
  • Using time effectively
  • Structure of a novel, including storytelling devices
  • Starting and finishing scenes
  • Dialogue
  • Plot pivots

Duration: 4 hrs

Price: TBA

Course code: CW20

There will be refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts – and lots of practice!

Level: Improvers and more experienced writers

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

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Coming soon: TBA

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Self-Publishing

Print vs. e-Publishing: Which Should YOU Choose?

When you’ve written that book, how do you get it into print? Self-publishing is one way, and is becoming more and more popular. Here’s a preliminary look at that process, contrasting the e-book with the print version.

Outline:

  • Overview and advantages/disadvantages of print and e-book publishing
  • Types of print publishing
  • Decisions to be Made
  • Covers
  • Paper Sizes and Types and Printing Terminology
  • ISBNs, barcodes and distribution
  • General overview of formatting for print and e-publication

Duration: 2 hrs

Price: TBA

Course code: SP10

There will be refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts – and examples and discussion.

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

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Formatting and Publishing on Kindle

So you’ve made the decision to become an independent author, and are all set to format your novel for Kindle. But how do you do it? Come to this workshop and find out!

Outline:

  • Rise of the e-Reader and Tablet
  • Submission for e-Publishing
  • Publishing an e-Book
  • The Front and Back Matter
  • Current guidelines for preparing your Kindle submission
  • e-Book Publisher Survey
  • Royalties
  • ISBN numbers
  • The British Library and ISBN numbers
  • EU VAT changes
  • ITIN or EIN? Dealing with US sales and tax
  • Where to find more information (cont’d)

Duration: 3 hrs

Price: TBA

Course code: SP20

There will be refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts – and examples and discussion.

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

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Coming soon: The Print Route

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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.