Odd Voice Out
We all have to start somewhere. For ‘Out Voice Out’, our new YA fiction press, hosting our very first event at the Chester Art Festival offered a warm welcome onto the local creative scene. This six day smorgasbord of free performances and workshops took place against the inviting blank canvas of St Michael’s Church, the former heritage centre now a bare white space ready to be coloured with imagination.
My partner K.C. Finn and I came to the festival with separate experiences in teaching creative writing but this was our first workshop delivered together, under our ‘Odd Voice Out’ banner, with finding unique voices at the heart of the afternoon’s lesson. And we certainly found plenty of striking new voices among our participating writers. Filling every seat at our tables were a mixture of adults wanting to write stories for teens and teenagers wanting to tell stories of their own. Stories that weren’t afraid to stand out.
Our workshop aims to catch writers in the early stages of their projects, when their worlds and characters are just starting to take shape. Between brainstorming, descriptive exercises and devising character drama, we saw our writers stepping out of themselves and giving voice to their distinctive fictional creations, at first with shyness and then steadily building confidence. Our participants left St Michael’s full of inspiration and with full pages of notes, hopefully at the beginning of new writing journeys. We all have to start somewhere and Chester Arts Centre provided an excellent springboard.
We are delighted to be offering our first ever workshop on writing for teens and young adults as part of Chester Art Centre's week-long arts festival in the heart of our beloved hometown. Stay tuned for a full blog post on how the event went, and for your chance to book the OVO Team for free writing workshops, please get in touch with us via the form on our contact page, or by using one of our many social media outlets.
The full details:
This is a FREE event. Patrons may give an optional suggested donation of approximately £3 at the end of the event if you wish to do so, but it’s not obligatory.
Have you ever wanted to be a writer? Courtesy of brand new Chester publishing house Odd Voice Out, two talented authors will take you through what it takes to write successful fiction. Specializing in the exciting and profitable world of teen fiction, the event features an opening discussion about how to get your work published, followed by short interesting activities to get your ideas flowing. Writers of all ages and abilities will be able to complete and enjoy this crash course, with the opportunity to ask our authors questions at the end of the event.
Suitable for ages fourteen and up. Minors must have an accompanying parent/guardian over the age of 18.
Free Workshop: Writing for Teens and Young Adults
Friday October 5th
St Michael's Church, Corner of Bridge Street and Pepper Street, Chester
Workshop runs from 4:30pm to 6:00pm with a short break in the middle and Q&A at the end.