Tracey Iceton Publicity Photograph

Adult writing workshops at the Festival

There are some excellent writing workshops for adults at Darlington Arts Festival and you can book places now.

Wednesday May 3
How to write, publish and sell your own book: in a nutshell
6.30pm to 8pm Health Warehouse Cafe, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington
Tickets £5
Want to know more about self-publishing? Join Sixth Element Publishing for a friendly and informal workshop giving an overview of the whole process. The session will cover tips on how to finish and self-edit your novel, and how to publish eBooks and paperbacks, as well as a whistlestop guide to distribution and marketing.
For more information, call Sixth Element on 01642 360253 or email gillie@6e.net

Saturday May 6
A Touch of Villainy– Crime Fiction Masterclass
Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington 10am-4pm
Run by crime novelist John Dean, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series of books, this masterclass shows you how to create a crime novel
Booking in advance required on 07889 554931 or deangriss@btinternet.com. Price: £25.

Tuesday May 9 6.30-8pm
Reality Writing: Creative Non-fiction
Health Warehouse Café, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington
Tickets: £7 per person
Whether they are incredible tales of survival, intriguing insights behind closed doors or riveting accounts of lives more or less ordinary, true stories fascinate us. But how do you go about turning travel journals, personal correspondence or private diaries into works of creative non-fiction? Join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton, pictured, as she introduces the craft of reality writing, transforming interesting experiences into great reads. With the current popularity of creative non-fiction this genre is an ideal opportunity for new writers to break into print!
To book a place please contact Tracey Iceton: traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk 07773 797817 www.trywriting.co.uk

Saturday May 20
It’s How You Say It – Dialogue Masterclass
Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington 10am-4pm
Run by author John Dean, this masterclass teaches you how to produce compelling dialogue, and will include prose, theatre, radio and film scripts.
Booking in advance required on 07889 554931 or deangriss@btinternet.com. Price: £25.

Tuesday, May 23 6.30-8pm
Bad Fiction (and how NOT to write it!)
Health Warehouse Café, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington
Tickets: £7 per person
Ever read a novel or watched a movie and thought, “That was terrible! I could do better.”? From unconvincing characters to unbelievable plots, unimaginative writing and unrealistic dialogue, atrocious fiction abounds. Join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton as she guides writers through the pitfalls and perils of putting pen to paper, helping aspiring novelists and script writers to avoid the cringe-worthy in their creative work.
To book a place please contact Tracey Iceton: traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk 07773 797817 www.trywriting.co.uk

Thursday May 25 – Open Mic for authors
Prose, poetry, drama, film scripts, the organisers want to hear it all. Simply bring along your piece and read it out. Eight minute slots for each reader.
Venue: Voodoo Café /Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington (01325 467555)
Time: 7-9.30pm Price: £3 on the door
Contact: John Dean, of Inscribe Media Limited, at deangriss@btinternet.com