Courses

I have taught creative writing courses and workshops for the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Guardian, Penguin Random House Writers’ Academy, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Writers’ Workshop, and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, among others. I also run my own courses and retreats. This schedule is often updated as I book more courses.

2019 Courses and Workshops

2 March: Getting Published Day at Regents College, London, hosted by Jericho Writers

13 March: Workshop for Creative Writing undergraduate students, University of Reading

14 March: Creating Character workshop for Chiltern Writers

3-5 May: Stockholm Writers’ Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

20-26 June, Castillon, France. £775.00
Want to finish your novel? Kick your writing up to the next level? Julie Cohen’s tutor-led writing retreat is perfect for those who want to improve their writing while having time to get some words on the page. The mornings are dedicated to group and one-to-one work with you on your story, targeting your specific goals and areas for improvement, and the afternoons are time for you to write, revise, think, before reporting on your progress from the day. Julie will tailor the retreat to your individual needs, with the focus on practical work on an ongoing project. This retreat is suitable for writers at any level, from a writer working on their first book to authors who have already completed several manuscripts.

Intense one-to-one work on your novel in progress, tailored to your needs, with time to write in the afternoons in the idyllic setting of Chez Castillon. An absolutely amazing week.
More details here: www.chez-castillon.com

July: Romantic Novelists’ Association conference, TBC

September: Festival of Writing, York. Workshops TBC. More details here.

November: Guided retreat at Retreats For You, Sheepwash, Devon. Want to finish your novel? Kick your writing up to the next level? Julie Cohen’s tutor-led writing retreat is perfect for those who want to improve their writing while having time to get some words on the page. The mornings are dedicated to group and one-to-one work with you on your story, targeting your specific goals and areas for improvement, and the afternoons are time for you to write, revise, think, before reporting on your progress from the day. Julie will tailor the retreat to your individual needs, with the focus on practical work on an ongoing project. This retreat is suitable for writers at any level, from a writer working on their first book to authors who have already completed several manuscripts.

All of this is in the quiet location of Sheepwash, Devon, with all meals and accommodation included. Limited to five writers.

See my Retreats page for details.

If you’re interested in having me speak to your group or at your event, please get in touch with my publicist, Leanne Oliver at Leanne.Oliver@Orionbooks.co.uk or contact me direct via this website.

 

Here are some comments from writers who have taken my courses:

I found the content excellent and your methods have encouraged me to keep going.

You are a truly inspirational teacher!

A brilliant and informative day.

You’re very good at encouraging students to find their own conclusions rather than just telling them the answer. I had a couple of big revelations about my WIP during the day that came out of exercises or conversations you had set up, but felt as if I’d completely worked it out for myself.

 

Workshops

I do a variety of writing workshops for groups, and I’ve delivered them to professional writing groups, students of creative writing, aspiring authors and creative writing associations, teachers, secondary school pupils, and reading groups, in libraries, classrooms, conferences and universities, in Europe and North America, and even on television.

My most popular workshops are:

Half a Dozen Things to do with a Post-It. This is a practical, hands-on workshop about how to use Post-it notes at every stage of the writing process: brainstorming, planning, composing, and revising. By the end of this workshop you will have learned techniques you can immediately apply to your own writing.

Make Shit Happen in Your Novel. Does your novel have too much plot? Does it not have enough? How can you tell what kind of stuff should happen in your novel? A fast-paced talk using examples from The Princess Bride. Contains swearing.

The Art of the Rewrite. Novels aren’t written; they’re rewritten. Practical techniques for how to tackle the dreaded revision.

Creating Character. This is a hands-on, practical, fun workshop on creating a character from scratch. Participants start with a blank piece of paper, and by the end of the workshop they have a fully-rounded character and have practised several techniques on how to best create character.

Theme. Knowing the theme of your novel can unlock almost every other aspect of your story. I take you through how to identify the theme of your novel, and work through several techniques to use it to make your story satisfying, original, and well-shaped.

Learning Story Structure from Pixar Films. Yes, they’re kids’ films, but they can teach writers a lot about storytelling. I break down techniques in the films using examples and clips. (This is the workshop that reduced 80 romantic novelists to tears.)

Pacing. What gives your novel page-turnability? In this fast-paced workshop I look at several techniques to keep your reader hooked, using examples and exercises that you can apply to your work.

Writing Sex Scenes. This is a fun, practical and slightly raunchy workshop on creating sensual sex scenes that have real emotional depth. It involves strawberries and chocolate. Featured in The Telegraph, The Times Educational Supplement, and on BBC2.

First Hundred Words Challenge. Editors, agents and readers say that the first few hundred words of a novel can make them decide whether to read on or not. Are your first hundred words as good as they can be?

 

Please contact me if you’d like to discuss my availability and fees.

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