Irrespective of experience, genre and form, a free opportunity to explore Writers Inner Voices – what they are and why they matter. All welcome to a free workshop on 11th May, 10.00-16.00, in Newcastle Arts Centre.
Many people hear voices when there is no-one there. Some are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
– Ray Bradbury in Zen in the art of writing
Many writers are familiar with hearing and/or seeing their characters, of finding the phrase or action that seems somehow ‘right’ for them as if they were being discovered rather than created. It’s an experience described by a wide range of writers in all sorts of genres, from Enid Blyton, J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Charles Dickens, Quentin Tarantino, and Sue Grafton, to George Eliot, Samuel Beckett, William Blake, Henry James, and Hilary Mantel. But how does it happen? And is it the same for all writers?
With creative exercises, provocations, and plenty of tea and coffee, this one-day workshop for writers will explore the various ways in which you can create and engage with your characters.
The techniques and ideas we’ll be providing are based on cutting-edge research conducted with writers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival by Durham University’s ‘Hearing the Voice’.
Attendance is free, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please reserve your spot via Eventbrite.