Throughout March*, mix and match different courses and workshops from this intensive programme to help you strengthen your writing this year. Challenge yourself. Step outside your comfort zone and see what you find there. All courses are fun, friendly and take place via Zoom.

*more or less

Week 1
Scene SenseTues 1st March 1930-2030Sold out
Stories are comprised of scenes: find out more about to write brilliant ones. Learn about creating powerful dynamics, emotional moments, memorable and strongly visual scenes, timing and delivery, and identifying and committing to what your scene intends to achieve.
Write BoldThur 3rd & 10th March 1930-2030Sold out
Indecisive… maybe? Stuck in a rut? Lacking in confidence?
Want to move forward in your writing and your career, but not sure how? Be bold.
Week 1: Being Bold In Your Writing
Week 2: Being Bold As A Writer
Chapter BooksFri 4th March 1930-2030Sold out
Come and find out more about writing chapter books for young readers, including: creating a marketable idea; writing a series; word count; characters; planning your book; and how to grip young readers.
Rhyming MasterclassSat 5th March 0930-1200Eventbrite
Rhyming texts need to be absolutely spot on. Learn about mastering scansion, choosing rhythms, writing with your ears, the importance of phrasing, and bringing energy to your rhyming story. Includes feedback on a few verses to check scansion.
Emotional ConnectionSat 5th March 1300-1600Eventbrite
Emotion can make or break a story.
Learn how to effectively communicate emotion from your heart to the page, and from the page to your reader’s heart.
Finding Your VoiceSun 6th March 1300-1630Eventbrite
How do you find and use your writer’s voice? This half day explores:
1) Finding Your Voice
2) Wielding Your Voice
3) Selling Your Voice
Week 2
Stand out from the SlushpileTues 8th March 1930-2130Hampshire Writers’ Society
Agents and editors read a huge number of submissions, so how can you make YOUR manuscript shine? If you want to know what children love to read, and what agents and editors love to find in the slushpile, then this is for you.

Winton Building Room 5, University of Winchester.
Networking from 7pm.

HWS Members and full time students, entry to the evening events included with their membership.
Visitors £6.
What’s the Story?Weds 9th & 16th March 1930-2030Eventbrite
Nail the heart of your story with this practical two-week course. Understanding the essential components of your story before you even start writing can help speed up the process – identify problems before they become problems!
Advanced Picture Book Writing WeekendSat 12th & Sun 13th March 0930-1530Eventbrite
If you’ve been writing picture books for a while, or undertaken a basic picture book course, but want to learn more, this is for you.
The weekend includes: strengthening ideas; creating outstanding characters; mastering plot and pace; the power of words; and making your manuscript shine.
You can also join in a virtual Pitch Party and road-test your pitch in a safe and friendly setting.
Week 3
Make ‘Em LaughTues 15th March 1930-2030Eventbrite
Understand tricks and tools to help you create humorous fiction for children of all ages. From throwaway smiles to belly-laughs, this session run by a Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlisted author will help you tickle your reader’s funny bone.
Beyond Picture BooksThurs 17th & 24th March 1930-2030Eventbrite
Think you only want to write picture books? Or only CAN write picture books? Come along for these two weeks and see if I can change your mind. Understand more about what older fiction entails, how to make the transition from picture books to longer fiction, identify your picture book texts which can be developed and come up with new ideas. Go on… give it a go!