Philippa Sawyer Wycombe Sound Programme Director with Mike Pearcy workshop leader.

Ten-Week Creative Writing Workshop

Held in Wycombe Soundís Blue Room, a dedicated presentation suite with a fully equipped broadcasting studio in the centre of High Wycombe.

Wycombe Sound 106.6fm Studios, Bridge Street. High Wycombe. HP11 2EL

Through the generous sponsorship of Wycombe Sound the full ten-week set of workshops is available for just £72.

Booking Conditions

1. The workshop will be limited to 10-12 people on a first come first served basis.

2. The total charge for the ten workshops is £72.

3. Should the series of workshops be cancelled due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded.

4. There will be no refunds if the student fails to attend.

5. Workshop content may change in response to needs and progress of students.

Workshop Content

The workshops are built around writing, reading and mutual support. During the ten workshops we will focus on The Structure of a Successful Story; Writing Dialogue; Descriptive Writing; Writing a Good Character; Conflict and transformation. These topics will be studied using fiction writing each student creates in response to the workshops. Suitable stories will be broadcast on Wycombe Sound. The following topics will be introduced in the later weeks: Writing and Selling Articles; Comedy; Writing for the stage, screen and radio.

About the Workshops

Although I follow a definite framework and set specific targets for each workshop, there is always a different dynamic created by those who attend and their individual needs.

We write a lot, talk a lot, discuss the work and share. We resolve each writer's issues as they arise; this could include characterisation, plot development and even grammar when necessary. I like to have a mix of talent, the more experienced writers support those at the start of their journey - and we all learn from helping each other.

Supportive Environment

A Write Start workshop provides a supportive group environment and, using five of the essential elements of storytelling - structure, characterisation, conflict, transformation and dialogue, encourages you to develop as a writer. Whichever genre you work in - long or short prose, film and TV, theatre or radio - telling a good story is vital.

Telling A Good Story

There are tried and tested methods of constructing and telling a story that many successful writers use. It's not the only way to tell a story but you cannot subvert the established method if you don't know what it is. And even in the work of the maverick story tellers, there will still be the ghost of the classic structure.