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Five writing workshops to try at Sheffield's Festival of Words


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Off the Shelf is a celebration of all things literary, featuring authors such as Lee Child and comedian Robert Webb. The festival offers a range of workshops from the 7th to the 28th of October. 

Getting involved is a great way to meet new writers and work in an environment charged with creativity. Here's our guide of how to sign up for the festival's workshops. 

1 - Reading On Screen: Digital Storytelling Workshop: 13th-15th October

This is a three-day workshop run by Bournemouth University and the University of Brighton. This free event aims to turn the experience of reading books into its own story. Participants will digitise these stories into short films, to be exhibited later in the year. 

2 - How To Get Published: 7th October, 2-3pm

For any aspiring novelists out there, this workshop might just be your thing. Alysoun Owen -the editor of the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook - spills the tea on the best ways to get published, how to write a perfect pitch to show to a literary agent, and the best publishing routes to consider. Tickets cost £8, or £6 for concessions.

3 - Box Set Screenwriting Workshop: 22nd October, 1-3pm

Want to write the next Game of Thrones? Costing £7 or £5 for concessions, this screenwriting workshop could help you create your very own blockbuster box set. Lofty ambitions, perhaps, but it still might be worth checking out this workshop run by Jon Bridle, the course leader for BA Film Studies and Screenwriting at Sheffield Hallam University.

4 - One-to-One Surgery with And Other Stories: 21st October, 12-2pm

And Other Stories, a not-for-profit publishing house, are offering ten-minute consultations for £5. They'll read the first page of your book and listen to a 30-second pitch before offering feedback and industry insight to get you on the road to publication.

5 - Young Writers' Open Mic: 30th October, 7:30-10pm

People aged 14-25 from South Yorkshire can get involved in this free open mic night, featuring poetry, songs, and prose fiction on any theme. You can reserve a slot online, or just go along to watch some of the North's freshest young talent. 

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