Special events for adults

Creative writing workshops with Joy Rhoades

Due to popular demand, Joy Rhoades returns with a new series of creative writing workshops designed specifically for budding writers.

While attendees are encouraged to attend all sessions, each session can also be booked as a standalone event. Attendees are also encouraged to bring along a piece of their writing that they may wish to work on during the exercises.

These workshops are free and places are strictly limited; you are advised to book as early as possible.

Workshop 1: finding your voice

Joy will introduce the basics of finding your voice:

  • The power of voice and point of view - harness for stronger narratives
  • Unpick voices - why and how do they work?
  • Find and hone your voice
  • Sustaining voice across a story or novel - consistency

Workshop 2:  plotting

Joy will introduce the basics of plotting:

  • Why structure is central to tension
  • Plotting: finding what works and what works for you
  • Credible surprise: foreshadowing versus giving the game away
  • Making every scene or character count: carry the plot forward  

Workshop 3: less is more

Joy will discuss the process of editing:

  • Copy editing versus editing for fiction
  • First things first: narrative consistency, point of view, voice, dialogue
  • Cutting to the chase: description and dialogue
  • Copy-editing and rules of grammar: those to respect, those you might bend and those you might break!
  • Seeing editing as your bridge to a strong manuscript

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Jewellery making workshop - your Liberty style

Join us for an exploration of Art Nouveau jewellery by Liberty with a talk by archivist, Alison Kenney from Westminster City Archives and a beginners’ jewellery making workshop using beads to unleash your creative spark.

This event is free and all materials are included. There are only 15 places available so booking in advance is advisable.

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The Extraordinary Sherlock Holmes with Nick Dobson

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the publication of first Sherlock Homes short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Join Nick Dobson for an illustrated look at Sherlock Holmes, the world's most famous fictional detective, and his equally amazing creator.

Discover both the elementary and extraordinary as we learn about Holmes and even uncover a personal link between the great detective and the speaker.

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We also have regular events for adults in our libraries.