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Staffordshire Area – Friday 19th October 2018

Event Details

Date: Friday 19th October 2018

Time: 9:30 am-3:15 pm

Location: Market Drayton Festival Centre, Vernon Suite.

Author: Harriet Goodwin

Cost: £85 for the day workshop, an additional £25 can be paid either at the same time or after the course if you wish to have your work appraised and receive individual feedback from Harriet.

Itinerary for the day:

9:30 – 10:45 Session one.  Basic story-writing elements and how to show-not-tell, so that writing springs off the page. Participants will work on creating their own openings to put what they have learnt into practice.

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00-12:15 Session two. Characterisation: getting to know your characters inside-out. Character questionnaire supplied.

12:15-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:15 Session three. Plot structure: set-up; inciting event; conflict; rug-pulling moment; resolution. Authors find their own examples and start applying these principles to their own work.

14:15-14:30 Break

14:30 – End of the day (estimated 3:15) Question and answer session and time to share work with other attendees. Participants are invited to ask questions connected with the workshop and the writing business in general.

Equipment needed: pens, plenty of paper, enthusiasm, a sense of fun, an open mind and bags of imagination.


All about the author.

Harriet Goodwin read English Literature at Balliol College, Oxford before training as a singer at the Royal Northern College of Music. She sang with The Sixteen and The Monteverdi Choir, and in 2003 was nominated for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Following a vivid dream, two weeks after the birth of her fourth child, she began writing her first novel, a middle-grade fantasy-adventure. An agent and a two-book deal later, The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 was published in September 2009 and shortlisted for thirteen awards, including the 2010 Blue Peter Book Award (“Book I Couldn’t Put Down”).

Since then Harriet has written three more novels and two short ghost stories. She now divides her time between writing, singing and visiting schools in the UK and abroad, where she delivers presentations and creative writing workshops to students of all ages. She is passionate about inspiring people to write.

Harriet lives in rural Staffordshire with her husband and four children.


Details on the Venue.

The course will run in the Festival Drayton Centre.

Frogmore Road, Market Drayton TF9 3AX

We have hired the Vernon Suite. This room is upstairs but is still accessible to wheelchair users.

A coffee shop is based within the centre and will be open from 9.30am – 1.45pm.

There is no car park for the centre itself but there is a pay and display nearby (near Lidl) that the centre informs us offers all day parking for 50p. Please note the nearby Frogmore Road Car Park only allows a stay of up to 3 hours.

Venue website:

For specific questions about the venue please contact them on:

Tel: 01630 654444


How to book a place.

Please contact Yvonne Lang at Authors Abroad to reserve a place –, 01535 656015 ext 9850

There will need to be a minimum of 15 participants to run the course. The workshop can hold a maximum of 30 to ensure the quality of the workshop is retained and everyone has a chance to share their work.

You will be informed if the course has sufficient numbers and is running by Wednesday 12th September and then asked for payment to guarantee your place.

Cost for the workshop is £85, you can pay an additional £25 at the time of booking or after the course to receive feedback on a sample of your work from Harriet that you can submit via the online forum.

Payment can be made via Paypal, cheque (made payable to Authors Abroad) or BACS transfer.

Please note that you will not be able to attend the course if you have not pre-paid.

Cancelling your place.

If you wish to cancel your place on the course please inform Yvonne as soon as possible. If you cancel before 12th September there will be no charge.

If you cancel after this date there will not be a charge if the class has sufficient numbers to run. However, if your cancellation is after 12th September and your cancellation brings the class to less than 15 attendees you will be billed £35 to enable the class to still run.