2023 Workshops

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Glyn Edwards is a PhD researcher in ecopoetry at Bangor University. His first poetry collection Vertebrae is published by the Lonely Press, In Orbit is forthcoming with Seren. Glyn edits the Wild Words feature for the North Wales Wildlife Trust and is Associate-Editor at Modron magazine. He is a trustee of the Terry Hetherington Award for Welsh young writers, and works as a teacher in north Wales.

Other Minds: using poems from Simon Armitage, Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson, this workshop will encourage you to begin at least three new pieces of writing. If you can’t live dangerously, you may as well live vicariously.

Joy Mawby

Memoir

Do you want to write your memoir but can’t get going?

By the end of this workshop you will have set yourself a starting and finishing date for this special personal project! We will talk about how to begin and also how to structure the memoir into which the stories of your life will be woven.

We will address the difficult issue of what to put in and what to leave out as well as strategies for recapturing memories of the past.

I won’t tell you more now – but if you do want to write your memoir and can’t get going-this is the workshop for you!

Dr DeAnn Bell is an author and  lecturer who loves to teach old dogs new tricks. Working currently at Llandudno Museum and Gallery, she is published with Women’s Archive Wales, Witches and Pagans, and Sage Woman. She’s a professional member of   the National Association of Writers in Education, The Society of Authors, and organises the North Wales Pagan  Moot Group. All opinions are my own.

Vampires that Don’t Bite

Writing in a trope-heavy genre such as supernatural fiction or the occult can be a minefield of reader expectations and unspoken genre rules. This writing workshop will use tried and true horror clichés to help you create stories that give old monsters new life.

Dr Emma Venables’ short and flash fiction has been widely published in magazines and journals. Her short story, ‘Woman at Gunpoint, 1945’ was a runner-up in the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and has taught at Royal Holloway, University of London and Liverpool Hope University. Her first novel, Fragments of a Woman, will be published by Aderyn Press in 2023. She can be found on Twitter: @EmmaMVenables. 

Connecting Character and Place in Short Fiction

Drawing on her own creative practice and research, Emma’s workshop will focus on the importance of character and place in short fiction. We’ll examine how curiosity and empathy in the creative process lead to the development of authentic characters and environments. In addition to this, we’ll explore how to achieve this authenticity without overloading your narrative with unnecessary detail. 

The rhyme word has to be the right word’:

Rhyme always unifies sense, can make sense out of nonsense and be a method of thematic exploration that can trick a logic out of the shadows.

But is often done badly when rhymes are too easily achieved rendering them predictable and soggy.Using examples from poets that include Philip Larkin, Adrian Mitchell,

Robert Frost and Leonard Cohen – this exercise hopes to work with rhyme in a way that lightens a complex thought rather than weighs one down. 

Phil Bowen was born in Liverpool in 1949, and before becoming afull time writer in 1994, worked as a teacher and a publican.

Salt published Nowhere’s Far – New & Selected Poems in 2008.

Recent work includes ‘Orange Blind ‘ – poems about the Scottish Colourists

‘Love Somehow’ – a film about Caitlin Thomas – and a recently recorded marathon oral poem called ‘All the Stuff’.

Pauline Kenyon is a published author of 16 books, both professional and (her favourite!) a children’s book! Additionally she has writes regularly for a variety of magazines and organisations and has had many short stories and articles published nationally.

She has acted as tutor at the past two Anglesey writing Festivals and also for other writing groups and in schools.  She is an active member of the ‘Just Write On’ Anglesey writers’ group, having been a founder member of the original group and part of the team that published two highly successful anthologies of Anglesey writers work.

Everyone’s a Writer

‘Everyone’s a Writer’. A very active and fun session which is suitable  for writers at all stages of their writing  experience!

Love Song to the Sea (Or Not another Sea Poem)

Living on an island it’s not surprising that the sea or the sea wind often appears in our poems. Robert Frost is quoted as saying, “No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” So how can we surprise ourselves with new perspectives or new voices from our shores?

In this workshop, we will read and discuss a variety of sea inspired poetry from across the world and use prompts designed to produce drafts of poems that surprise us. There will also be time to share drafts and receive feedback.

Ness Owen is a poet and lecturer from Ynys Môn. She has been widely published in journals and anthologies including in Planet Magazine, Mslexia, The Cardiff Review, The New Welsh Review, The Interpreter’s House, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Atlanta Review, and Poetry Wales. Her first collection Mamiaith (Mother Tongue) was published by Arachne Press in 2019. Her second collection Moon Jellyfish Can Barely Swim with be published by Parthian in 2022. Her poems have been translated into 5 different languages. She has recently taken part in Ù Ơ | SUO, a poetry exchange project between Wales and Vietnam, supported by the British Council and co-edited the A470 a bilingual poetry anthology about the infamous road running from the north to the south of Wales.

** PLEASE NOTE THAT NESS’ WORKSHOP WILL BE DELIVERED IN WELSH & ENGLISH AND IS SUITABLE FOR WELSH LEARNERS/BEGINNERS **

In this workshop, Kat distills her observations and experience about the psychology behind creative blocks, as well as inviting us to participate in mindful and intuitive approaches to working through our blocks, unlocking our creative side, and enabling us to craft a better relationship with the inner critic that holds so many of us back from our full potential as writers.

Kat has a long history of writing, publishing and screenwriting, as well as training as a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher. She runs a weekly creativity clinic for one to one sessions in-person or via zoom, as well as running writer’s groups and creativity retreats using such diverse methods as play, crafts, yoga, music, drumming, Hakomi, focusing, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnosis.

Perspective and Pace in Fiction

In this workshop we will be looking at the idea of ‘seeing differently’, examining how adopting an altered perspective might impact on pace and plot development. As we imagine following characters around with a movie camera, sometimes long shots, sometimes close-ups, we’ll be thinking about how different ways of seeing details can alter the mood of a scene, and seeing how a slight shift in perspective can powerfully impact a readers experience.

Close to completing her PhD in Creative Writing, Karen is a poet, playwright and novelist. Her poetry has been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, her short plays have been performed in the UK, USA, Australia, Malaysia and Canada, and her first novel, The Crossing Place, has been described by readers as ‘gripping’ and ‘compelling’. She has extensive experience of teaching Creative Writing in different settings and at different levels of experience, and is passionate about helping writers to find confidence in their own voice.

Want to write Crime Fiction?

This workshop will show you how to write convincing characters in this ever popular genre. How to add the mystery and intrigue into your story  and keep your readers guessing. This workshop will show you the way.

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Conrad Jones is a bestselling British author of thriller, mystery, horror, and suspense stories. He has successfully written more than 20 books in his career so far and is particularly famous for writing the Soft Target Series, the Detective Superintendent Alec Ramsey series, the Hunting Angeles series, the DI Braddick series, and the Anglesey Murders series. Conrad has also penned a few single novels and a short story collection called The Book of Abominations.

http://www.conradjones.org

AM WORKSHOPS

JOY MAWBY Writing a Memoir

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EMMA VENABLES Connecting Character & Place

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PHIL BOWEN The Rhyme word has to be the right word

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NESS OWEN              Love Song of the Sea (Suitable for Welsh Learners  and Beginners)              

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KAREN ANKERS Perspective & Pace in Fiction

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PAULINE KENYON Everyone’s a Writer

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PM WORKSHOPS

 WELSH PROSE – Tutor TBC

   

KAT KINGSLEY-HUGHES Mindful & Intuitive Approaches

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DeANN BELL Vampires that Don’t Bite

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CONRAD JONES Writing Crime Thrillers

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GILLIAN MONKS Writing a Bio/Autobiography – details to follow

GLYN EDWARDS Poetry workshop – Open Minds