The Turtle Moves World Building Workshop – April 27th

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The ability to create a whole new world is the basis of great fantasy writing.

JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin and of course, Sir Terry Pratchett (yes, I was tempted to stick RR in there) set a very high bar that all writers must strive for when planning their fantastical stories.

Join us as Ben Slythe – using examples from Discworld – takes us step by step into a world populated by anything and everything your imagination can dream up. There have to be rules, as Terry Pratchett explains:

“You are allowed to make pigs fly, but you must take into account the depradations on the local bird life and the need for people in heavily flown over areas to carry stout umbrellas at all times”.

Not to mention an army of people ready to move out with shovels!

Tickets for the workshop are £8 and can be booked here.

Where and When:

Room 11 at the Medway Adult Education, Rochester Community Hub.

1.30pm – 3.30pm, Saturday, April 27th.

It will follow the Juvenile Crafters’ Guild which will take place between 10.30am – 12.30pm.

April’s Write Then Socialise will also take place the same day, from 10am-1pm in the cafe next door. There will be space in Room 11 for parents who wish to write while their children are crafting.

IMG_E3041 (2)We’re also delighted that writer Kerry Hancock is joining us in Room 11 between 11am-12pm. Born and raised in Medway, her life long dream of becoming an author has been realised with the release of her first book ‘The Task’ due this year. A fantasy adventure for young and old, it’s the first in a trilogy.

Kerry will share her story of how she was picked up by her publisher and do a Q&A on the publishing process.

 

No tickets are required for the Juvenile Crafters’ Guild, Kerry’s talk or Write Then Socialise.

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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.

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The Dickens Festival Lowdown!

Christina casts her creative eye over our programme for the upcoming Dickens Festival weekend.

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The RLF is back this summer’s Dickens Festival weekend with another fantastic programme with performances from some brilliant authors and performers. This year we will be based at the beautiful, newly refurbished Eastgate House (Dickens’ once referred to it as ‘The Nuns’ House’ in The Mystery of Edwin Drood) which now accommodates exhibitions dedicated to the history of the house.

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The Dickens Festival

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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.

Legoland encourages a book not tech at bedtime

Jenni Falconer presents Joseph Parkes (10) with a giant copy of the bedtime story he wrote to launch LEGOLAND® Windsor resorts new Castle Hotel. UK

Earlier this year, the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort launched a bedtime story writing competition following research revealing that more than half of parents (55%) ban tech before bedtime in favour of traditional bedtime stories, with a ‘tech black out’ sweeping the nation at 4.41pm.

And the winner was ten year old Joseph Parkes from Wiltshire, who beat hundreds of entries in the nationwide competition to have his bedtime story published as a real-life book and placed in every room of the new LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel, opening on 1 July 2017.

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