Winchester Writers’ Festival

Inspiration, support and networking for new and established writers
Mark your calendar for the 2018 Writers' Festival
15 - 17 June, 2018

 Winchester Writers’ Festival Writing Workout

Booking is now open!

Saturday, 4 November, 2017 at the University of Winchester

Flex your creative writing muscles with a series of guided exercises led by experienced writing tutors in a friendly, supportive environment.

The day consists of five sessions, each 50 minutes long, with short breaks in between. Work through character ideas, conflict and emotion, narrative voice, setting and shape in your work. Suitable for new writers as well as the more experienced, working in any genre. Tutors include Adrienne Dines, Isabel Rogers, Stephen Thompson, Lorna Fergusson and Judith Heneghan. Tea, coffee and cake provided.

Bring your own lunch or eat in one of the campus cafes and don’t forget to bring writing materials.

Cost:  £55 for the day

Book early to avoid disappointment.  This day-long workshop fills quickly!


Sessions include:
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL – Isabel Rogers Whether you call it poetry or flash, every word has to earn its right to be there. How to create a single page that behaves like a portal, not a dead end.

Isabel Rogers won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 2014 and was Hampshire Poet Laureate 2016. Her first collection, Don’t Ask (Eyewear Publishing) is out now.

STEPPING INTO CHARACTER – Judith Heneghan Get under the skin of your character. Explore your character’s sense of their physical self and the way this affects action and motivation.

Judith Heneghan is an award-winning children’s writer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester. She is also Director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival.

STYLING IT – NARRATIVE VOICE – Stephen Thompson Voice is a fundamental concern for all writers. Experiment with ways of telling and revealing to create a distinctive narrative voice and style for your work.

Stephen Thompson is a novelist, publisher of the Colverstone Review and Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester. His latest novel is No More Heroes (Jacaranda Books)    

A SENSE OF PLACE – Lorna Fergusson Where you set your scenes can be as important as what goes on in them. Conjure up the spirit of place and add resonance to your stories by drawing readers into your chosen location.

Lorna Fergusson is a creative writing tutor and author of The Chase and An Oxford Vengeance. In 2014 she won the Historical Novel Society’s London Short Story Award.

RAISING THE EMOTIONAL STAKES – Adrienne Dines Everything is at stake for the characters we care about. How do writers harness the moral and emotional challenges that make characters matter?

Adrienne Dines is a novelist and author of Soft Voices Whispering and The Jigsaw Maker, as well as an experienced speaker and tutor specialising in storytelling.


Lemn Sissay at the Winchester Writers’ Festival


Judith Heneghan, Festival Director with Lemn Sissay MBE and Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester









For a round-up of the 2017 Winchester Writers’ Festival, please go to the 2017 Festival page.


The 2017 Writing Competition Winners are posted on the Competitions page

The Best of 2017 will be available for purchase in November, 2017.