Rebellion: Writing Fantasy

Arachne Press

 Rebellion: Writing Fantasy, author talk and workshop

Author Cherry Potts reads from her new novel The Dowry Blade, and discusses ways of writing fantasy with an opportunity for a short writing exercise for the audience.

World building, weird logic and rule breaking at

Brompton Library

210 Old Brompton Road

London SW5 0BS

Thursday 14 April 18:30-19:45

Attending the London Book Fair?  This event is on the final day and Brompton Library is one stop on the tube/overground away from Olympia, at West Brompton, then a short walk.

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Food for Thought

Writing Workshop and Writers’ Lunch

At the Swindon Festival of Literature

Lower Shaw Farm West Swindon Wiltshire SN5 5PJ
Tel 01793 771080
12.30pm – 5pm 19 May • £25

12.30pm – 1.30pm WRITERS’ LUNCH

where healthy homemade food will nourish you and meeting other writers at table may inspire you!

1.30pm – 5pm WRITING WORKSHOP: Sugar and Spice and Food for Thought with Cherry Potts

Writing is a solitary business. Writing well is a tricky one. Writing well for others is even harder. How can we do it better?

Explore the possibilities that come from using more of your senses when you write. Discover ways of writing what you really want to say to your readers.

You will be in good company, and if you have any questions, you can ask them, and reckon to receive good answers. If you are serious about writing, then this is a workshop for you. It will inspire, inform, and help you, even to have fun.

Cherry Potts is a mentor, coach, and the author of Mosaic of Air and Tales Told Before Cockcrow, and runs a fledgling publishing business, Arachne Press.

This will be based on the workshop I ran as part of the Streatham Food Festival, Sugar and Spice, and will draw in a few tasters from other senses to explore ways of spicing up your writing. (Puns strictly optional, especially bad ones).

Writing With Your Ears

Booking has opened for my first ever writing workshop!

Blackheath Halls

23 Lee Road
London SE3 9RQ

29 January 2012 3 to 5.30pm
Join me for a taster session on writing (particularly fiction) using all your senses, with an emphasis on hearing.

Write to a background of the Blackheath Orchestra rehearsal of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Mendelssohn was inspired by Shakespeare, how will Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky inspire you?

Everyone welcome, bring a laptop with enough battery, or a big pad of paper and lots of pens and plan to have fun!

Workshop fee: £10  advance booking via Blackheath Halls essential +44 (0)20 8463 0100

I’m planning for this to be part of a series of workshops exploring the influence of each of the senses in turn: what do we notice, what do we edit out without realising, how does that influence what we write about, how does it impact our choice of language?  Although I approach this from a fiction perspective, I anticipate the workshop will be as much fun and  just as useful  for poets or those writing creative non fiction – memoir, website copy…

As with Writing with Your Ears, I hope to hold at least some of the workshops in appropriate venues: so taste (A Taste for Words) in a restaurant ( or a chocolate shop… though that might be too distracting);

A Garden Full Of Metaphor: The Next Workshop is Booked! Copyright Cherry Potts 2012

smell (Sniffing out the Story) in a garden (I hope to be running this at Sussex Prairies, Henfield, West Sussex, date yet to be confirmed, but also looking for London Gardens); sight (Sight Lines) in an art gallery, and so on. It gets more difficult with touch (A Feel for Language)  – what do I mean by feeling, does it include  emotion and motion? Yes, but they’re different…  I’d love to use a steam train for motion.

CP on a steam train... seat 13,... hmmm... copyright Alix Adams 2011

I also hope to run the workshops as a series in my local community libraries in Lewisham, in small museums, and anywhere else that’s interested, the quirkier the better!

If you know of a venue who would like to host, please get in touch.

If you’d like to be on a mailing list for when these plans firm up please contact me

Copyright Cherry Potts 2011