Write Then Socialise

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There’s a nationwide initiative to make sure writers write and don’t get lonely while doing it. So, the first Rochester Write Then Socialise event is booked!

Saturday, November 24 from 11-3 in Room 11 at Medway Adult Education, Rochester Community Hub.

Writing can be a lonely occupation so this new national initiative seeks to ensure that writers not only crack on with their writing but also get a chance to socialise with other writers.

Write for 2 hours, then spend 2 hours sharing your work, getting feedback, brainstorming or just enjoying the company of your fellow writers over a hot drink.

Tea and coffee – including decaf – will be available on tap (honesty pot available) and the space is fully accessible.

It’s free but please book a space here so we know how many to expect. See you there!

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Murderous Medway: The Three ‘C’s Crime Writing Workshops

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Saturday 13 October 10am-4pm.

We wanted to have a day of workshops from which you could leave with a blueprint for your own story. This could be one you’ve been working on for some time and need to kick start, or one where you have just the seed of an idea and need to nurture it. Either way, these workshops covering Concept, Character and Conflict will help you thrash out the story you need to tell.

Tickets are £8 for one workshop or a pass to all three for £20. If you have bought an All Day Panel Pass, you get a 25% discount on the workshops. Click here to get your tickets.

Workshop 1: 10am-11.45am Concept – What’s the big idea? Blank Page Storytelling

This workshop covers the beginning of writing a successful story whether you already have a story to tell or are literally starting out with nothing at all.

It will cover:

What makes a story?

How are they structured?

Finding the hero.

Finding the genre.

Establishing the setting.

Setting the tone.

Short examples and descriptions are interspersed with exercises to get the story on track from the start. The exercises are designed to challenge assumptions and explore the core elements of the story so what emerges is a solid basis for writing the narrative and developing the characters.

If you have an idea and want to know what to do with it, or want to write a story but can’t settle on the right one to tell, this workshop will lead you to think about the story as a flexible, compelling narrative and make a world in which your characters can emerge and grow.

There are no ‘right answers’ in writing, but there are a fair few wrong ones and if you make sure you have a strong concept to start with then it makes it much easier to avoid the pitfalls and dead-ends that can make it hard to finish a project or make the final draft feel erratic or confusing.

The workshop will help make sure the foundations are solid so the story can flow and satisfy. The approach is friendly, informal and filled with real-world examples to connect the theory with the practice.

With Ben Slythe and Graham Guy.

Workshop 2: 12noon-1.45pm Compelling Characters – Creating flawed heroes and charismatic villains

Humans are full of inconsistencies. Characters can be contradictory. They can be selfish and generous, lustful and prudish.

Using prompts and a variety of writing exercises in the supportive environment of the workshop, you will create flawed heroes and antagonists with redeeming qualities, and generate new writing that centres on these newly formed authentic characters.

Your tutor: Dorothy Lehane is a lecturer in Creative Writing (School of English) at the University of Kent. She is the author of three poetry publications: Umwelt (Leafe Press, 2016), Ephemeris (Nine Arches Press, 2014) and Places of Articulation (dancing girl press, 2014) and the founding editor of Litmus Publishing. Recent work has appeared in Blackbox Manifold, The Cordite Review, Tears in the Fence, and Journal of Poetics
Research to name a few.

Twitter: @DorothyLehane
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dorothy.lehane

Workshop 3: 2pm-3.45pm Conflict – Interrogate your narrative and drive your plot

In our lives, we face daily conflicts; conflicts with ourselves and conflicts with each other. Such tensions build the rich drama and chaos of human existence and are necessary components of our fictionalised character’s lives also.  Interrogating these conflicts through a series of writing exercises, you will enhance your understanding of the various ways conflict can be used to intensify your writing and drive plot development.

Your tutor: Annwen Adams is an emerging artist who has published her debut art and poetry collection in her publication, How Human? (Burb, 2018) as part of her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Her work has also featured extensively in the University of Kent’s campus publications such as writing articles for the university newspaper, Inquire, and the Publishing Society’s prose and poetry publication, Figment. Passionate about creative writing in the community, she has worked with Canterbury’s Pilgrims Hospice as part of a student lead, memory writing class aimed at writing for wellbeing. Annwen has also worked alongside Leicester’s homeless charity Helping Hands, running poetry writing exercises as part of a fund-raising event. Passionate about social reform, her work deals with issues of environmental degradation and interactions between human and non-human actors
on the global stage.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annwenmagic/
Website: http://www.annwenadams.com

The Turtle Moves Returns!

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Crafty fun for all the family with a selection of activities inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

Make your own witches or wizard’s hat, decorate a Quantum Weather Butterfly or Maskerade Mask, mind your nose with the springy eggs, or get your hands clay-mucky with golems and trolls!

No need to book but we do ask a £1 donation per child in order to re-stock our craft store.

We look forward to seeing you 🙂

Dyslexia House Writing Competition

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Do you have a story to tell but find it hard to get it down on paper?  

If it’s a struggle, why not contact Dyslexia House for help?  They can help get your words into print. So get in touch right now for writing help!

Or do you prefer to express yourself with images rather than words?  Then don’t hesitate…get sketching, drawing and painting right now!

This is the first time that Dyslexia House Association has combined forces with Medway Libraries, Medway Mermaids and Nucleus Arts to encourage writing and artwork.

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Help Rochester Cathedral become dementia friendly

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral is looking for your help!

Go to the Cathedral on Saturday 2 September  from 2pm; enjoy tea and cakes and have a look around, then join them for Evensong at 3.15pm and tell them how they can make it Dementia Friendly.

Chris Bostock, Anna Chaplain at the Cathedral, is eager to gather the views of people in Medway so they can work towards ensuring everything they do is welcoming and inclusive of people with dementia.

Please let Chris know if you can join them. Email: annachaplain84@gmail.com or call 07563059756.

To find them: The postcode for the Cathedral Office is ME1 1SX – there is no postcode for the Cathedral itself. The west doors face Boley Hill and for more information, visit their website.

The Dickens Festival

Dickens 2016

Join us at Rochester Children’s Library during the Dickens Festival for Poetrees inspired by the great man’s works. Or choose your Dickens Name and write your very own great work, starring the character you would have been!

It’s all free and there’s no need to book, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 10 from 10.30am-1pm.

With many thanks to the City of Rochester Society for their grant support again this year, which enables the event to take place.

#RLF2016: The Turtle Moves

The Turtle Moves

Fun and activities for all ages inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Community Hub and High Street, Saturday, October 8. 10am-4pm

We were too far down the line to organise a tribute to STP last year, but were keen to keep his name and work alive. ‘The Turtle Moves’ is the call of Discworld fans across the Roundworld!

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