'Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...'
Last Friday I took part in the 'Wordpool' Book Festival in Blackpool, organised by the town's libraries. I joined a panel discussing innovative ways to succeed in self-publishing. It was a glorious day and great fun, although, sadly, over far too quickly. The event was well-organised, well-attended and the suggestions and comments made by fellow author, Dan Worsley,and myself seemed to be well-received.
Here's some photos from the event.
Fabulous event in Stockton
I had a wonderful day at the 'Crossing the Tees' Book Festival in Stockton last Saturday. I gave my little talk, met some lovely people (including several of my ex-pupils) and I sold 17 books. I really enjoy meeting people and leaving the study and the computer for a while - especially now that my latest novel is starting to absorb me. A distraction now and then is a good thing. The whole event was very friendly, great fun and well-organised. Loved it - and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will invite me back again next year!
Literary Talks & Workshops
Talking to invited guests at Kirkley Hall
In addition to my Literary Talk, I have now added a writing workshop to my program of events for 2013.
Entitled, Good Enough to Publish? this three-hour course is aimed at aspiring novelists who would appreciate guidance on how to fine tune the opening chapters of their manuscript.
For more details please visit the 'Talks & Workshops' page on my website. Can anyone interested in organising an event please contact me via the form provided.
More details are available here: /talks--workshops.html
(One and a half hours)
Historical novelist, Karen Charlton reads extracts from her latest novel, The Missing Heiress, and explains how the chance discovery of a jail-bird roosting in the branches of her ancestral tree catapulted her into creative fiction. Karen reveals her journey into publishing, her research adventures and her publishing highs and lows.
Cost: £40 The price includes a FREE hardback copy of ‘Catching the Eagle’ for the library – worth £19.99
Good Enough to Publish?
Those all-important first 10,000 words
This three-hour course is aimed at aspiring novelists who would appreciate guidance on how to fine tune the opening chapters of their manuscript.
The objective of this workshop is to help the participants develop understanding about the tricky issues of:
Telling versus showing, and
The importance of a consistent point of view, in the opening chapters of their novels.
During the workshop everyone:
- will receive guidance on how to avoid some of the common pitfalls made by aspiring authors with the above;
- will have the opportunity to question a published author about her experience;
- will take part in exercises designed to help them improve their writing skills;
- will showcase their work to the group for peer assessment.
Cost: £150 (Group size: 10 – 15 participants.)
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