How do you write a riveting story?

What makes compulsive reading?

At the heart of compelling writing there’s a knot of conflict.

Identify the conflict and you’ve put your finger on the drama.

But that’s easier said than done. 

On our introductory Stow-on-the-Wold writing weekend,

we’ll be exploring literary conflict, how to identify it,

and how to exploit it in the stories we devise.

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But conflict doesn’t only help shape the story –

it also helps identify the heart of your key characters. 

On top of lessons literary, you’ll have the delights of Stow-on-the-Wold

literally on your doorstep.

 

So join our small group of like-minded writers, all passionate about writing –

and all determined to have a thoroughly Stow weekend.

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Conflict flares at the intersection of colliding philosophies, cultures, personal agendas –

and the contradictory impulses of the human heart.

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Without conflict, there’s no drama.

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Without conflict, stories, whether they’re fictional tales, or stories of what really happened,

will flag and your readers’ interest wither on the vine.

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Over two days in Stow-on-the-Wold, Richard Beynon will lead a workshop

that focuses exclusively on the dramatic engine of both fiction and creative non-fiction.

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He’ll provide short bursts of theory, and then invite participants to write a series of exercises

to which he’ll give full and immediate feedback.

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2018 COST: TBC

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Includes tuition, two nights accommodation and two breakfasts, one lunch and one supper.

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For the other supper we plan to go to a local pub and lunch on Saturday will be in the village

at a place of your choice. These two meals will be for your own account.

Please email us if you’d like to join us for a creative and inspiring Weekend Writing Workshop. We’ll get back to you as soon as we finalise the 2018 details.

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Who are we?

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, All About Writing was founded by two writing professionals, Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon, who are passionate about writing.  We’ve devised our courses to help communicate that passion – plus the skills that make it all much more than an academic exercise – to others with a similar calling.

Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing from Wits University. Her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken, was originally published by Headline Review in the UK, and has recently been rereleased as one of the prestigious Picador Africa Classics collection. She ran the Honours programme in Journalism & Media Studies at Wits University for fifteen years.

Richard Beynon is an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the film and television industry. He has written for – or headed the storytelling teams of – many of country’s most popular soaps, dramas and comedies. These include S’gudi snaysi, Going Up, Soul City, Isidingo, Scandal, Rhythm City and Isibaya. He has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits.

Sign up for the Stow-on-the-Wold Weekend Writing Workshop for a creative and stimulating weekend which will make a real and lasting difference to your writing

2018 Dates and cost TBC

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