ArtsFest: How to Self-Publish a Book Online

Darlington author, Michael Jarvie, will walk you through the various stages of how he prepared for sale in the Amazon marketplace the paperback and ebook versions of his thriller Black Art. He will show you how to: Set up an account on Createspace for the paperback version Choose the appropriate dimensions, paper type and finish more »

ArtsFest: Make a Mark with Your Memories

Do you want to tell the stories of your life? How can you create a lasting record that others will want to read? Helen Victoria Anderson will talk about her decision to publish her moving book ‘Piece by Piece: Remembering Georgina: A Mother’s Memoir’. Workshop participants will then be encouraged to start scribbling, exploring ways more »

ArtsFest: First Pages Surgery

If the first page of your novel doesn’t captivate and entice readers (and publishers) no matter how great the rest of your book is it will languish either or books shelves or, worse, your laptop for all eternity. So, join local novelist, creative-writing tutor and author of the Celtic Colours trilogy Tracey Iceton for a more »

ArtsFest: Author’s question time

Ever wondered what the life of a novelist is like? Do you imagine swanning around in taffeta, sipping cocktails and being taken on long lunches by your editor or being holed up in a freezing garret, tapping with frozen fingers into an ancient typewriter? What about the struggle to make it as a writer and more »

ArtsFest: Inkerman Street – book launch

Join Darlington-based Inkerman Writers for the launch of their anthology of short stories, Inkerman Street, which tells the story of the fictional street’s history through the lives of its residents up until the moment of its demolition. Price: Free event, no booking required Place: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate Date and time: 26th more »

ArtsFest: A scream in the night – talk

Crime writer John Dean, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series, who has had 16 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, talks about where his ideas come from. Price: Free event, no booking required Place: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate Date and time: more »

ArtsFest: Pen Power – workshop

Facilitated by poet and bibliotherapy practitioner Natalie Scott, this taster session will guide you through a range of activities designed to help you become more expressive and self-aware, connect with other people and cope better with life’s problems. Some activities will use a poem as a prompt to stimulate your own thoughts through group discussion more »

ArtsFest: Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore

This year’s Darlington Choral Society ‘Summer Sing’ will be a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore’. The Summer Sing is an informal concert with no admission fee, although there will be a retiring collection. It should be fun for choir and audience alike! Price: Free Place: St Cuthbert’s Parish Centre Date and time: more »

ArtsFest: Plotting a Short Story

Ever had a good idea for a short story, but couldn’t find a way to round it off? In this workshop, participants will explore ways to make links across a narrative and create interesting and compulsive plots. Example short stories will be analysed, advice given for writers’ own ideas and opportunities provided to develop own more »