Quick vote time. Who here has secretly (or possibly not so secretly) always wanted to be an author? Everyone is said to have one book in them – though if that’s an average across the species then Barbara Cartland ruined it up for a number of us – but it’s not always the easiest thing to channel that from wherever its lurking onto the screen in front of you.
This year at the Lit Fest we’re trying to give all the budding authors out there a bit of help. We’ve got the wonderful Storytails for adults on both Saturday and Sunday, they’ll be sharing writing techniques as well as sharing stories. Bruno Vincent is here on Sunday to give you 6 easy steps on how to write something a bit darker (he has written a book called The Boy Who Farted. I think this should be a good indication of a) age group and b) just how strange it might get…).
If you’ve ever dreamed of giving up the day job and joining the elite crew of hugely successful chick-lit writers, you might want to join Jenny Colgan, one of the UK’s best-selling fiction writers, for afternoon tea at Homa on Sunday 3rd at 4pm. Over a cupcake, ask for her top tips.
But our favourite is the Louie Stowell workshop on Saturday morning. Writing and storytelling is a fundamental part of growing up and developing our imaginations (both in and out of school) and Louie’s workshop for 9+ shows you exactly how you construct a story and characters. Louie herself is a local author who writes for (Children’s Publisher of the Year) Usborne so she knows exactly what she’s doing. Why not bring the family along – it’ll help with skills needed for school and you may pick up some tips yourself. And we promise not to ask for a cut on any publishing deals that may come from this festival…
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