Workshop 24th June: Engaging Readers

I will be holding my final workshop in Beijing on Sunday 24th June, from 4pm to 6.30pm, at Grinders, near exit B of Shuangjing subway station.

Grinders Western Food
Unit 3-02, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao)
Chaoyang District
朝阳区
双井桥东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商3-02

The workshop will look at how fiction writers can use narrative structure, characterisation, and what I think of as “camerawork” to engage readers. It will be based around discussion and practical tips about the craft of writing. There will be no writing exercises.

Tickets cost RMB 200, and all attendees will need to purchase at least one drink from the venue. (Please do not bring your own food and drink!) To book, contact me via WeChat, ID: AndyKilleen.

“So You Want to Write a Novel?” Workshop June 3rd

I will be running this workshop upstairs at the Great Outdoors on Fangjia Hutong, from 4 to 6.30pm, on Sunday 3rd June 2018. Tickets cost RMB 200.

So You Want to Write a Novel?

is an overview of the creative, practical, and psychological challenges involved in writing long fiction, and getting it to readers in a rapidly changing publishing scene. It is based not only my own experience, but on discussions about the process and business of writing with a number of professional novelists.

It’s particularly suitable for people who are serious about their writing, and would like to tackle a full-length work. If you have attempted to write a novel but ran out of energy and ideas, and left it unfinished after a few chapters, then this workshop will explain why that happens and how to prevent it. Although it’s aimed specifically at aspiring novelists, it would also be useful for anyone wanting to write long creative non-fiction (eg travel writing, memoir.) It will be of limited use to poets and writers of short fiction.

This workshop does NOT cover detailed questions of craft, such as plot, dialogue, characterisation etc. I have separate workshops on these topics, which I would be happy to run if there is sufficient interest.

There will be no writing exercises. I don’t believe they are useful for serious writers, and will explain why during the workshop.

To book please contact me via WeChat (ID AndyKilleen), or use the contact form on this website.

Meeting 26th February 2018

The next meeting of Beijing Writers’ Network will take place on Monday 26th February, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Zarah in Dongcheng, near the Drum Tower.

We will be discussing Writing the Other, sharing our work and offering each other constructive but robust feedback. If you are interested in creative writing you are very welcome to drop by, to meet other writers or just to see what it’s like; there is no need to book, and no obligation to read your work until you’re comfortable. For more information please email andy@beijingwriters.com, or contact AndyKilleen on WeChat.

Everyone attending is asked for a small contribution to cover costs: 20RMB, or 10RMB if you’re a student, pensioner, not working or on a low wage (you will not be asked to prove it!) Please note that although we are a diverse group of many different nationalities, meetings are conducted in English.

Meeting 8th January 2018

The next meeting of Beijing Writers’ Network will take place on Monday 13th November, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Zarah in Dongcheng, near the Drum Tower.

We will be discussing Dialogue, sharing our work and offering each other constructive but robust feedback. If you are interested in creative writing you are very welcome to drop by, to meet other writers or just to see what it’s like; there is no need to book, and no obligation to read your work until you’re comfortable. For more information please email andy@beijingwriters.com, or contact AndyKilleen on WeChat.

Everyone attending is asked for a small contribution to cover costs: 20RMB, or 10RMB if you’re a student, pensioner, not working or on a low wage (you will not be asked to prove it!) Please note that although we are a diverse group of many different nationalities, meetings are conducted in English.

Meeting 13th November 2017

The next meeting of Beijing Writers’ Network will take place on Monday 13th November, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Zarah in Dongcheng, near the Drum Tower.

We will be sharing our work and offering each other constructive but robust feedback. This will be a critique-only meeting, with no discussion element. If you are interested in creative writing you are very welcome to drop by, to meet other writers or just to see what it’s like; there is no need to book, and no obligation to read your work until you’re comfortable. For more information please email andy@beijingwriters.com, or contact AndyKilleen on WeChat.

Everyone attending is asked for a small contribution to cover costs: 20RMB, or 10RMB if you’re a student, pensioner, not working or on a low wage (you will not be asked to prove it!) Please note that although we are a diverse group of many different nationalities, meetings are conducted in English.

Meeting 23rd October 2017

The next meeting of Beijing Writers’ Network will take place on Monday 23rd October, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Zarah in Dongcheng, near the Drum Tower.

We will be completing a writing exercise, sharing our work and offering each other constructive but robust feedback. If you are interested in creative writing you are very welcome to drop by, to meet other writers or just to see what it’s like; there is no need to book, and no obligation to read your work until you’re comfortable. For more information please contact Jingjing (email: jxiao96@gmail.com; WeChat: aoelius).

Everyone attending is asked for a small contribution to cover costs: 20RMB, or 10RMB if you’re a student, pensioner, not working or on a low wage (you will not be asked to prove it!) Please note that although we are a diverse group of many different nationalities, meetings are conducted in English.

Meeting 9th October 2017

The next meeting of Beijing Writers’ Network will take place on Monday 9th October, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Zarah in Dongcheng, near the Drum Tower.

We will be discussing Writing about China, sharing our work and offering each other constructive but robust feedback. If you are interested in creative writing you are very welcome to drop by, to meet other writers or just to see what it’s like; there is no need to book, and no obligation to read your work until you’re comfortable. For more information please contact Jingjing (email: jxiao96@gmail.com; WeChat: aoelius).

Everyone attending is asked for a small contribution to cover costs: 20RMB, or 10RMB if you’re a student, pensioner, not working or on a low wage (you will not be asked to prove it!) Please note that although we are a diverse group of many different nationalities, meetings are conducted in English.

Meeting 25th September 2017

The next meeting of Beijing Writers’ Network will take place on Monday 25th September, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Zarah in Dongcheng, near the Drum Tower.

We will be discussing The Boundary Between Fiction and Reality, sharing our work and offering each other constructive but robust feedback. If you are interested in creative writing you are very welcome to drop by, to meet other writers or just to see what it’s like; there is no need to book, and no obligation to read your work until you’re comfortable. For more information please email andy@beijingwriters.com, or contact AndyKilleen on WeChat.

Everyone attending is asked for a small contribution to cover costs: 20RMB, or 10RMB if you’re a student, pensioner, not working or on a low wage (you will not be asked to prove it!) Please note that although we are a diverse group of many different nationalities, meetings are conducted in English.

Meeting 11th September 2017

The next meeting of Beijing Writers’ Network will take place on Monday 11th September, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Zarah in Dongcheng, near the Drum Tower.

We will be discussing Writing Outside Your Genre, sharing our work and offering each other constructive but robust feedback. If you are interested in creative writing you are very welcome to drop by, to meet other writers or just to see what it’s like; there is no need to book, and no obligation to read your work until you’re comfortable. For more information please email andy@beijingwriters.com, or contact AndyKilleen on WeChat.

Everyone attending is asked for a small contribution to cover costs: 20RMB, or 10RMB if you’re a student, pensioner, not working or on a low wage (you will not be asked to prove it!) Please note that although we are a diverse group of many different nationalities, meetings are conducted in English.

Meeting 28th August 2017

The next meeting of Beijing Writers’ Network will take place on Monday 28th August, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Zarah in Dongcheng, near the Drum Tower.

We will be discussing the Cinematography of Fiction, sharing our work and offering each other constructive but robust feedback. If you are interested in creative writing you are very welcome to drop by, to meet other writers or just to see what it’s like; there is no need to book, and no obligation to read your work until you’re comfortable. For more information please email andy@beijingwriters.com, or contact AndyKilleen on WeChat.

Everyone attending is asked for a small contribution to cover costs: 20RMB, or 10RMB if you’re a student, pensioner, not working or on a low wage (you will not be asked to prove it!) Please note that although we are a diverse group of many different nationalities, meetings are conducted in English.

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