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Winchester Writers’ Conference workshops

We stayed in the student village

Yesterday I returned from a packed and inspirational weekend at the conference. I’ve been several times before and always find I return with a mass of new ideas. The secret is to make use of them before they disappear into the ether of forgetfulness.

I did a workshop on drafting and redrafting poems, given by performance poet Agnes Meadows. Not only did we come away with some seriously imagination-loosening exercises, but we had a good laugh on the way.

Also in a poetic vein was the discussion on haiku. The main message seemed to be

throw away all the 300 odd haiku rules and concentrate on the minimalist and in-the-moment requirements

I’m all for that. Remembering all those rules is beyond my limited brain-storage capacity.

The fiction sessions were also good. Using maps and ribbons to explore character and plot, are things I’m going to try, and I won’t forget the tutor who complained about a boxful of heavy metaphors.

The weekend was tiring – doing fiction exercises at 10:30 at night after a long day and a huge meal requires some stamina. But the ideas and insights are worth it. One can always sleep.

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Winchester Writers’ Conference

Flowers at Winchester

One of the pleasures of the conference: the flower arrangements in the dining room

A couple of days ago I received an email about this year’s conference. The main information is the dates. More is to follow apparently.

We are pleased to inform you that the dates are set for the Winchester Writers’ Conference.  This year the conference will be held from 22 – 24 June, 2012, followed by the In-Depth Weeklong Workshops, 25 – 29 June.  We are busily working on the conference brochure and details will be available by the end of March.

I didn’t make it to the conference last year, but I hear everyone had a good time – as usual.

I really enjoy the event. It’s great to be among people doing the same things as I am; to exchange ideas and experiences. I always learn a lot, rushing from one workshop to another, browsing the book fair and talking to other writers.

There are competitions and several opportunities to meet with agents and discuss completed or ongoing work.

Plus I have a fondness for Winchester as I used to go there often as a child.

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