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Two New Upcoming Workshops in Peterborough, UK

On Wednesday, 6th July, at 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm, I will be delivering a Self-Publishing workshop at City College, Brook St., Peterborough, OE1 1TU. The title is: Print vs. e-Publishing: Which Should you Choose? This is a preliminary look at the differences between getting your novel printed and having it formatted for e-publication.

The college has an on-site cafe and parking nearby. Due to the timing of the workshop it should be possible to pay the overnight rate – £1.50 – in the car park. The No. 5 bus stops fairly near the college (outside/opposite St Mary’s Church Hall.) The course will cost £15/person – booking details below.

Topics covered include:

  • 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

The evening includes a break for refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts – and examples and discussion.

Maximum no. of places: 15.

And on Thursday 14th July (the following week) I’ll be delivering a Creative Writing workshop at The Goldhay Centre, 105, Paynels, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 5QP. This workshop is entitled“Dialogue”, and covers as many aspects as possible of writing dialogue. There will be lots of writing exercises, and some de-mystifying of myths related to writing dialogue! This workshop runs from 6.45 pm – 9 pm and it’s also priced at £15/person. Booking details below.

The Goldhay Centre has no parking of its own, but there is some in the public car park (free!) opposite. There is a supermarket next door to the centre, which is open till about 9 pm, and the No. 1 bus stop is opposite them both. Leaflets and/or posters will be going out to various public locations in the Peterborough area, including the venues, shortly. Keep an eye out for them!

Topics covered include:

  • 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

The evening includes refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts – and lots of practice!

Level: Budding writers and improvers.

Maximum no. of places: 20.


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