As well panel discussions, presentations and talks, Dysprosium will host a range of practical workshops.
Martin Owton and the T-party are running a writing workshop at Dysprosium which will involve detailed critique and comment on a pre-submitted piece of writing in the SF/Fantasy field. There will also be a workshop on writing Young Adult fiction in the SF/Fantasy genres. The workshop will look at how to structure a novel, and in particular will focus on one of the aspects of constructing a good Young Adult novel. Places at the workshop were very limited, and have now all been taken.
The new poetry workshop will focus on the creative process itself: unlike the writing workshop, which looks at existing work, the poetry workshop will give participants the chance to create new work during the session.
Punching the Shark! – Writing workshop
Are you up for a real challenge? This innovative workshop not only focuses on the craft of writing technique, it also explores what you actually want and what will get in the way. T.D. Edge (award-winning author and editor) and Kim Horwood (advance practitioner coach and Director, Odonata River Ltd) invite you to take part in a taster workshop. Punching the Shark! is for anyone serious about becoming a better writer and giving themselves a compelling chance to realise their goals.
Places are on a first come, first served basis to a maximum of 16 people. If you would like to attend, please email Terry at terryedge[at]ntlworld[dot]com with a) your writing biography (including any writing credits) and b) the first paragraph of a short story or novel that best represents you as a writer, by 28th March.
YA writing workshop
Francesca T. Barbini, author of the SF children’s series “Tijaran Tales” will guide you through the ins and outs of writing your very own “First kiss” scene. Bring along your memories, but leave the schmaltzy cheese at home! The workshop is aimed particularly at a young adult audience.
The chocolate workshop brings Easter straight into the convention with an expert chocolate tasting event where participants will be trained on how to taste and judge chocolate. Tasting will start with a high-quality milk, working through to a 100% bar from Hotel Chocolat, and the chocolate focus of the workshop will be British-made Chocolate such as Willie’s Cacao, Hotel Chocolat, Duffy’s, and others.