ARTS CENTRE (MARIE RITCHIE ROOM) / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 14.30 – 17.30
with Jenny LeCoat
Jersey-born Jenny Lecoat provides a taster course on concept, character and structure, to explain the unique techniques of writing for the screen, and inspire you to begin, or finish, your own screenplay. A professional screenwriter with over twenty years experience, and writer of the Occupation film Another Mother’s Son filmed last autumn, Jenny has taught screenwriting for ten years for organisations such as the London Film Academy, Arvon Foundation, and New Writing South.
Join Jenny for an afternoon workshop in which students will hone their screenwriting skills and receive valuable insights into the methods and techniques involved.
Poetry and Place
LA HOUGUE BIE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 11.30 – 16.30
Jo Bell is a professional poet whose campaigns, national and global projects have earned her a reputation as an advocate for poetry. Erstwhile director of National Poetry Day, first Canal Laureate for the UK and deviser of the award-winning 52 ‘write a poem a week’ project, her work is warm, humane and vivid.
Poets and archaeologists work with the underlying meanings of place. Jo Bell has been both. Renowned for her lively and incisive workshops, join Jo for a unique writing session at La Hougue Bie. Attending writers will generate new work about this resonant site, and about places which have meaning in their own lives – from first kiss to last rites.
One of the ten oldest buildings in the world, built long before the Egyptian pyramids and aligned with the equinox, La Hougue Bie has dominated Jersey’s landscape for 6,000 years. The impressive mound is topped by a medieval chapel set above one of Europe’s finest passage graves.
How to Write a Hit Song
ARTS CENTRE (MARIE RITCHIE ROOM) / SUN 2nd OCTOBER / 12.00 – 16.30
Alex Von Soos is a London-based songwriter and producer. He is a trained classical pianist and has spent many years analysing the theory behind hit songs. His own successes include a UK No. 1 Hit with the All Saints (Black Coffee) and cuts by Atomic Kitten and many other artists worldwide, selling more than 5 million records in the process. Alex has worked with some of the most prolific hit writers in the business including Cathy Dennis (Britney Spears, Katy Perry) and Wayne Hector (JLS, Westlife). Currently, Alex is writing and producing albums for new artists Dan Akio and Cherry Greene. He has also been busy in the advertising and music branding field working with companies like Coca-Cola and Vodafone.
During this afternoon workshop Alex will provide a masterclass on effective songwriting and discuss the methods and approaches that he has used in the past. What constitutes a good lyric? How are pop songs structured? What steps can you take to get your songs noticed in the commercial songwriting industry? A must for all aspiring songwriters and lyricists.
JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 16.00
In this one-day workshop, participants will learn about the basic building blocks of making a book, finishing the day with a completed article. Perfect for writers and artists or anyone wanting to see there work in print, while the practical aspects will focus on binding the book. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss getting your content printed on paper in a way suitable for production.
Contact Jersey Library on 448700 to reserve a place.