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Saturday 23 October
Writing Short fiction: the short story is having a resurgence particularly in its ‘short’ short forms such as flash fiction. In this workshop, through a series of readings and exercises, we will think about how a powerful story can be conveyed in a very short space. We will work on editing and concision - starting long and cutting back! - and we will take inspiration from a range of flash-fiction practitioners, from the U.S. writer Lydia Davis to Manchester-based David Gaffney.
Dr Valerie O'Riordan is a writer, critic and academic at the University of Bolton, focussing on fiction-writing, critical, cultural and literary theory, and student employability. Val’s fiction has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including Tin House, LitMag, The Lonely Crowd, and The Manchester Review. In 2019 she was awarded an O.Henry prize for her short story, 'Bad Girl'.
Writing Autobiography: we all have story to tell but what makes it of interest to anyone else? What captures the public’s imagination? What’s the difference between a popular success and a critical success? How do we make our story relevant, fresh, topical? Who are we writing it for? Is it for personal therapy, to entertain, to inspire and motivate? We will explore autobiography from the point of view of writer, publisher and public and be prepared to share our ideas, our motivation and our experience.
Dr Ben Wilkinson lectures in Creative Writing and English at the University of Bolton. Ben’s poems and reviews have regularly appeared in national publications including The Guardian, Poetry Review, Poetry London and the TLS. His pamphlet  ‘For Real’ won the Poetry Business Competition and a Northern Writers' Award. His debut collection of poems, ‘Way More Than Luck’, was published by Seren Books in 2018. A reader's guide to the poetry of Don Paterson is forthcoming. Research interests include Sport and Creativity and Mental Health and Creative Writing,
Words and Music: What creates a successful synthesis of words and music? What comes first, tune or lyric? In this workshop we want to inspire you to develop your song writing skills. We will look at the simple building blocks of musical creation; melody, rhythm, harmony, emotion.  We’ll share the conventions of musical genre.  You’ll need to know some rudimental chords, know the difference between a major and minor key, but not much more. Bring a piece you’re working on or thinking about. Bring your voice. Bring your lyrics. Bring an instrument. Be prepared to join in.

Linda Jennings (above) is a well-known performer with a high TV profile as a finalist in The Voice. She has a powerful vocal range and is a skillful guitarist who plays in many styles. She has supported many visiting artists and been a regular session musician. Her voice has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Nora Jones. She has recently stretched her repertoire into the classic US jazz songbook. Many of her own songs have been recorded. Linda is supported in this workshop by a musical collaborator,
John Sandham, a professional bass player and teacher well known for his work across a number of North West blues bands and jazz combos.

These events are made possible through private sponsorship. In this case the sponsor has remained anonymous. We thank them for their generosity. If you would like to sponsor an event please contact Dave Morgan on
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