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.

Also check out my bi-weekly writing agony aunt column on Novelicious, ‘Dear Julie’!

2018 Courses and Workshops

17 March: Write By the Beach conference, Brighton: workshop on “Plotting With Post-Its.”

21 March: Private workshop to retreat participants on “Creating Character”

3 May: Book event with Rowan Coleman at Waterstones, Leamington Spa. 18.30-20.30. Free: reserve tickets here.

Friday 11 May to Thursday 17 May, 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

4 June:“Writing Relationships: Love and Other Bruises”: writing salon with Words Away. 7.30-9.30 pm, Tea House Theatre Cafe, Vauxhall. £10, tickets and more details here

16 May: Workshop with Igniting Writing teen creative writing group, Wokingham Library.

13 July: “Love Is All You Need: Diversity and Inclusion in Romantic Fiction Publishing”, panel event at the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference, Leeds Trinity University

7-9 September: Festival of Writing, York. Workshops TBC. More details here.

15-19 October: 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.

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, Lauren Woosey at Lauren.Woosey@Orionbooks.co.uk

 

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 the UK and the US, and even on television.

My most popular workshops are:

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 and is by far my most popular workshop, having been delivered in two countries and 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?

In addition, I have already-prepared and well-received workshops on Getting Published, Self-Editing, Writing a Synopsis, and Creating Point of View (the latter specially designed to fit in with current A-level English Literature and Language and Literature curricula). And I can often adapt or create a new workshop according to a group’s needs.

 

Please contact me if you’d like to discuss my giving a workshop to your group.

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