About Workshops

Leeds Writers and Poets

Periodically we will carry out workshops. These may be on any topic from character development to location description to free writing exercises.

Workshops are usually led by one member and involve short writing exercises. After writing, attendees may be invited to share what they’ve written, but it is never compulsory

Past Workshops

28th February – Writing Workshop on Sensual Description

This was a guided exercise based workshop involving techniques for improving description and making it really engage the reader. Techniques involved using images from real life and focussing on the five individual senses.

22nd November – Workshop – Subtexting

A session on sub-texting, based on a section from Brandilyn Collins's book 'Getting into Character'. Techniques practices included beats, expressions and gestures.

“What counts in dialogue is not what is said but what is meant.”

Pretty much everyone uses subtexting in daily conversations.

Subtexting is simply when the words you actually speak are not actually what you're thinking. This can be because you can't (or won't) say what you actually mean, or because you don't need to say what you actually mean because the unspoken intent is clear.

Used well, subtexting is a great way to build realism and character tensions. In a romance the boy and the girl talk endlessly without ever actually declaring their true feelings - in a broken marriage hostility and resentment undermine what appears to be perfectly civil small talk - in a crime drama the detective knows that the Gangster's verbose flattery is really a threat of violence.

26th October – Writing Workshop on Character

In this workshop we will begin by looking at what makes fictional characters particularly memorable or helps us, as readers, engage with and/or react to them.

We will follow this discussion with a series of guided writing exercises in which each of us will create at least one new character, building up personality, characteristics and behaviours.

Before coming to this session, please choose a favourite fictional character - or one that particularly stands out for you - and consider what it is about them that makes them so memorable, or why you like or dislike them.