T: 0151 703 0020

T: 0151 703 0020

SI Leeds Literary Prize

Thinking of writing fiction, but don't know where to start? Help is at hand with FREE writer development workshops in Liverpool 

Thinking about writing fiction but don’t know where to start?  Need help developing the storyline of your book but have lost the plot?  Perhaps you’ve finished writing and are dreading the edits... Join Katy Massey in a series of free writing development workshops, taking place between December and February in Liverpool’s Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre.  Katy Massey's novel, The Book of Ghosts, was shortlisted in the 2012 SI Leeds Literary Prize.  A former journalist, she has a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and is an experienced writing tutor and editor.  Her current work, Tangled Roots, is concerned with capturing the experience of interracial families.  Her workshops look at these three crucial stages in the writing process...

 
Beginning Your Story
Saturday 14 December 2013, 11am - 3pm 
In this first session you'll become confident to start writing fiction. We'll examine choosing a plot, finding characters and look at different types of writing for different readers. We'll also look at sources of inspiration and the decisions you should make before you start writing your book, so you avoid time-wasting mistakes.

Building Your Story
Saturday 11 January 2014, 11am - 3pm
In this second meeting, we will look at the building blocks of storytelling; particularly the importance of compelling characterisation, using action and building tension. By the end of this session, you will have learned how to stop your novel petering out in the middle, and how to drive your story to a fantastic climax.

Finishing Your Story
Saturday 8 February 2014, 11am - 3pm
In this third and final session you will found out why authors say ‘writing is re-writing’! We will look at examples of first and second drafts, how to improve our writing, and how to draw attention to your novel when you are ready to publish it. We will look at the feasibility of self-publishing, and using blogging and social media to get your work noticed.

How to book
 
All places are FREE but must be booked in advance - use Eventbrite to book your place:
Saturday 14 December (Beginning Your Storyl)
Saturday 11 January (Building Your Story)
Saturday 8 February (Finishing Your Story)
Or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0151703 0020

Practical information
 
The venue is The Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Rd, Liverpool, L8 1TH.  The centre is fully accessible and there is on-street parking nearby.
 
Lunch is not provided so please bring a packed lunch.
 
If you have any queries about the day, please e-mail us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
About SI Leeds Literary Prize 
 
The workshops are organised by SI Leeds Literary Prize, in partnership with Writing on the Wall and Leeds Libraries, and with financial support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts.  SI Leeds Literary Prize is the award for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women, run by Soroptimist International of Leeds in partnership with Peepal Tree Press and Ilkley Literature Festival.  We will be accepting entries for the 2014 Prize from 1 December 2013 until the closing deadline of 31 March 2014.  To find out more about eligibility and the great range of prizes for our shortlisted writers, visit www.sileedsliteraryprize.com - and please help us spread the word!

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