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Winchester Writers’ Festival Writing Workout – 4th November 2017

6.00pm. 4th November 2017 … I am sitting at Southampton Airport digesting my day which all seems a bit of a blur.  I had very little sleep during the early hours of this morning as the excitement started building, bubbling inside me in anticipation of what the day was going to bring.

A Writers’ Workout at Winchester University, part of the 2017 Winchester Writers’ Festival 2017 which, for me, started on the 3rd November when I stayed the night on campus, rekindling my student days.

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Rekindling my student days

Despite my suspect knees, I traversed up and down Winchester University’s campus … getting to know my way around.

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd

Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo

Spending the evening in the pub across the road.

The following morning, pumped, but deprived of sleep, I headed for the Writers’ Workout venue, the St. Alphege Building, in the drizzle.  Downhill all the way … wheee … lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo.

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The impressive St. Alphege Building (left) venue of the Writers’ Workout

What followed was creative stimulation provided by:

Judith Heneghan – Stepping into Character.   Talk about a wake up call.  My first workout of the day and I got really stuck into this. Including taking a photograph of the portrait of the girl I wrote about during this session.

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The portrait of the girl I wrote about in Judith Heneghan’s session

Isabel RogersSmall is Beautiful.  You know what?  That’s so true.  Edit, edit, edit … get rid of the a’s, the and’s, the the’s, the just’s, the that’s etc.

Stephen Thompson – Styling it – Narrative Voice. Tell it how you see it!

Lorna Fergusson – A Sense of Place. Have you read Lorna Fergusson’s The Chase?  I suggest you do if you want to learn about a sense of place … although it is so much more than that.  I started reading it on the flight home tonight and they had to prise me off the plane, book in hand.

Adrienne Dines Raising the Emotional Stakes.  There is so much to learn in terms of creating emotional conflict in your writing and there is nobody better to teach it than Adrienne.

I haven’t felt so exhilarated for quite some time. What a workout.  What a day.  It lived up to all expectations and more, plus I met some wonderful people as well.  Roll on 2018.

00.10 5th November 2017 … Just slumped into bed in a haze of creative complacency.  It’s been around 4 hours since I returned home and  I am replete.  Did I flex my creative writing muscles?  You bet I did.


Filed under: Events, Motivation, Writers, Writing Tagged: Adrienne Dines, Isabel Rogers, Judith Heneghan, Lorna Fergusson, Stephen Thompson, Winchester Writers' Festival, Writing Workout


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