Writers retreat in the Moroccan desert.

Cafe Tissardmine / Art House Guest House.

Friday November 2 – Sunday November 11 2012

Getting it out of your head and onto paper…

Lisa Evans
Writers Retreat
Cafe Tissardmine

 

“If you want to be a writer, don’t. If you want to write, nothing will stop you” Fay Weldon

“You will already have been writing. It may be a secret occupation. But now you want to move forward and enter the world of shared experience. During this course we will be looking at other people’s work and our own and critiquing it with grace and kindness. And from this we will learn a lot. It can be scary and you need to be brave. But it can also be fun and intensely rewarding. I have been a professional writer for 28 years and along the way have learned how to dig myself out of holes, how to keep going when I have no idea where I’m going, how to find stories when my mind’s a blank and how to cajole myself to a place of creativity. Some of it’s art but much of it is just hard work and technique. This bit I can help you with.

The only way to learn to write is to do it.

You have stories to tell and ideas to explore. During this five day course set in the peace and mystery of the desert, you will discover just how boundless your potential for uncovering those ideas and stories is. We will work on accessing stories from your own lived experience, how to develop credible rounded characters, how to express yourself in someone else’s voice, how to structure, edit and research. By the end of the week you will have learned techniques and acquired confidence to progress with your writing and you will hopefully have had a very good time.” Lisa.

Award winning playwright Lisa Evans’ work for theatre includes, MOTHER’S DAY; VINDICATION, UNDER EXPOSURE [British Theatre Association Award, Best Play]; TAKING LIBERTIES, INSIDE OUT FACE VALUES, STAMPING, SHOUTING & SINGING HOME; CRIME OF THE CENTURY, BETTER THAN BURNING [South London Playwriting Award]; THE RED CHAIR [British Theatre Association Award Best Play] LUCKY COUNTRY; CHRISTMAS WITHOUT HERODS; SLAP; EAST LYNNE; THE SHADOW OF LIGHT; THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL; GETTING TO THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN; JAMAICA INN; ONCE WE WERE MOTHERS; VILLETTE; FRANKENSTEIN; THE MAID OF BUTTERMERE; UP THE DUFF; GLORY GLORY; THE DAY THE WATERS CAME and KEEP SMILING THROUGH.

She also writes for radio and television; credits include EASTENDERS, TRAINER, CASUALTY, LETTING GO, HOLBY CITY, PEAK PRACTICE, THE BILL, and NO BANANAS.

She has been Writer in Residence at Theatre Centre, London and also for Temba Theatre Company and is currently Associate Writer for Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. UNDER EXPOSURE is published in anthology by Methuen; ALIENS by Macmillan and GETTING TO THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN; JAMAICA INN; ONCE WE WERE MOTHERS; STAMPING, SHOUTING & SINGING HOME; EAST LYNNE; THE DAY THE WATERS CAME; VILLETTE and KEEP SMILING THROUGH by Oberon

She has led workshops for many theatre companies and currently facilitates the ongoing West London Writers Workshop.

 

For more information on this workshops and others  see  http://www.cafetissardmine.com

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