Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Friday 19 January 2018

Writing Courses with Andrew Reynolds


Myth & Magic – Writing Legends, Fairytales & The Supernatural

Myth & Magic Taster

Taster Session with Andrew Reynolds

Saturday 13th Jan, 3pm-4:30pm

Fee £5 includes tea and biscuits

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050

Wivenhoe Bookshop


Get Writing – An Introduction To Creative Writing

A 6 week Course with Andrew Reynolds

7pm – 9pm from Thursday 25th January

Wivenhoe Bookshop

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050

Classes will meet on the 25th Jan, the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd Feb, and the 1st Mar.

Get Writing is all about encouraging you to develop your own creative writing. Each week we’ll look at an aspect of writing that will help you to express your ideas, memories and stories on the page. Exercises and short homeworks will give you a chance to put into practice what you learn and you’ll have an opportunity to share your work in a supportive and constructive environment.

By the end of this course, you will have gained a solid understanding of the main skills writers employ in order to communicate with their readers. You’ll have acquired plenty of ideas about how you can continue your writing journey and whatever you choose to do next, and you’ll have a strong foundation to build on.

Week 1: Choosing Your Voice – We look at the choices writers need to make before they put pen to paper; the when and where of the narration, and how tense and point of view can change the feel of a piece of writing.

Week 2: Guiding The Mind’s Eye – The art of description – we’ll discover how writers bring objects, places and people alive on the page, how a single detail can communicate more than any list of attributes, and how language can be played with to conjure almost anything in the imaginations of our readers.

Week 3: Whose Story Is It? – Without characters, there would be no stories. In this lesson we not only learn how to create fictional characters, but also how to bring real people to the page. We learn how these characters play an essential role in driving any narrative forward.

Week 4: Character Dialogue – Ever listened to a conversation and wondered what it would look like in a book? Dialogue is one of the most powerful tools a writer has, yet it can be a difficult art to master. Here you’ll learn some great tips to put you on the right track.

Week 5: Killing Darlings – Earnest Hemingway once said, “write drunk, edit sober.” At some point every writer needs to edit their work. One of the hardest things is knowing when a piece of treasured text is enhancing a piece of writing, or detracting from it. Here we look at how you should go about editing and how to remain sane through the process.

Week 6: Keep Writing! – We finish with a look at how you can develop your own writing practice, so you can decide upon what your next steps will be.

Classes will meet on the 25th Jan, the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd Feb, and the 1st Mar.

The fee for this 6 week course is £100.00.

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050

Andrew L Reynolds, M.A. is a fiction writer. His most recent work, a speculative fiction thriller set in a near-future London, was written whilst completing a novel writing MA at City University.

Writing has always been his guilty pleasure,  and Andrew has a life-long love of all things crime, thriller, sci-fi and fantasy. Everything from books to cinema to computer games and tabletop role-playing became lessons in storytelling.

Andrew Reynolds

In the intervening years his primary work has been as a singer, lyricist, top-line songwriter and voice coach. As a lyricist he discovered a passion for poetry, working as a voice coach fulfilled his desire to help others to develop their potential and his experience as performer has helped him to become an engaging speaker and teacher.

Since completing his MA Andrew has been working with poet and life-writer, Fiona Mason to create and deliver creative writing courses and retreats with Word after Word, both in England and in Spain.

Student Testimonials

“Very inspiring and informative.”

“Well-structured, prepared and delivered with humour and sensitivity.”

“A teacher whose love for writing shines through.”

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050

Myth & Magic – Writing Legends, Fairytales & The Supernatural

A 6 week course with Andrew Reynolds

3pm-5pm from Saturday 10th Feb

Wivenhoe Bookshop

Classes will meet on 10th Feb, 17th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd Mar, 10th Mar & 17th Mar.

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050

From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Dracula, Twilight, or even World War-Z, the myths and fairytales of the past continue to inspire much of our most beloved fiction.

On this 6-week course we venture into imagined other worlds on a quest to understand how and why these stories work. You will journey from urban settings and into mythical lands, discovering cultures, confronting horrors and developing incredible powers. In the end, you’ll return with the knowledge and tools of a storyteller, ready to pen your own fantastical tale.

Week 1: Fell Beasts & Wondrous Magic – We begin by looking at ancient myths from the Greeks, Vikings and Celts. How did they influence the fairytales that followed them and how can we draw on these and real historic events to inspire our own creations?

Week 2: The World Not As We Know It – What if magic and monsters really exist? We look at how the fantastical and the supernatural can be integrated into familiar settings.

Week 3: Through The Looking Glass – Stepping from one world into another. We’ll explore how writers create mythical places and how to go about writing what you cannot know.

Week 4: The Cultural Mirror – Elves, Dwarves, Wizards & Giants. We’ll learn about how writers create fantastical peoples, rich in their own histories, languages, beliefs and social norms.

Week 5: Things That Go Bump – Witchcraft, voodoo, ghosts and monsters – what are the things of your nightmares? How can you confront these compelling horrors and bring them to the page?

Week 6: A Legend Begins – From quest to saga, we’ll explore how you can use what you’ve learnt to develop your own epic tales.

Each week there will be a short homework, so you can put into practice what you’ve learnt, and there will be an opportunity to share your work in a supportive and constructive environment.

The fee for this 6 week course is £100.00.

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050



Into Darkness

An 8 week Course with Andrew Reynolds

3 – 5pm from Saturday 7th October

Wivenhoe Bookshop

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050

About the Course

From best-selling novels to blockbuster movies and popular TV dramas, dark themes abound and it’s not surprising. If you think of your favourite stories, you will be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t feature some kind of adversity and the desire to overcome it. The greater the adversity the more we feel compelled to keep turning pages, to keep listening or watching. Into Darkness explores the dingiest recesses of your imagination to create compelling scenes, memorable characters and despicable antagonists.

We’ll examine the art of writing drama, conflict and action. We’ll learn how to create exciting plots and how to bring human suffering to the page. Will good prevail in the end? That will be up to you.

Week 1: Creating the scene of a crime

Week 2: Establishing a memorable protagonist

Week 3: Revealing the evil adversary

Week 4: Building drama and conflict

Week 5: Using twists and turns

Week 6: Bearing witness to atrocity

Week 7: Overcoming a monster

Week 8: Consequences and loose ends

There will be a homework of up to 500 words each week, so you can put what you learn into practice and then share your creativity with the group. All you need bring is a notepad, a pen and good humour. No torches are required.

Classes will meet on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of October and the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of November.

The fee for this 8 week course is £120.00.

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050


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