One-Day Workshops

Self-Publishing: What's Actually Involved?

One-Day Workshop: 10.30 – 16.00

The mechanics of, the theories behind, the sheer hard work involved and the unadulterated joy to be had in publishing your own book.

Main lecturer: Lloyd Bradley; guest speaker: Joel Chernin.

Prerequisites: A love of books; a solid idea for what you want to publish, although a finished manuscript would be even better. 

Class size: 15 students maximum

Cost: FREE for Islington Library members; £40.00 for everybody else

The idea of publishing your own book is very attractive, never more so than at present with Amazon, e-books, inexpensive hardware and software and digital printing, but while it can be a relatively straightforward activity, to do it well can present a massive amount of work. And that’s just the production – getting it to your prospective readers is another matter entirely. Self Publishing: What Is Actually Involved will navigate you through the twists and turns and potential pitfalls as it covers every aspect of the self-publishing process from the editing and design of your book, to budgeting, to how to get the best value from a printer, to what you will need to do to take it to market.

Self Publishing: What Is Actually Involved will include practical exercises and a buffet lunch for networking and informal discussion with your fellow self-publishers to exchange ideas and ambitions.

While Self Publishing: What Is Actually Involved won’t guarantee you a best seller, it will give you your best book with the greatest chance of reaching your proposed readership.

The next Self-Publishing: What's Actually Involved? workshop: 

Saturday October 19, 10.30 – 16.00

Islington Central Library: 2 Fieldway Crescent, Highbury East, London N5 1PF

FREE for Islington Library members, but must be booked through Eventbrite

£40.00 for non-members

Tell Your Story: Creating Memoirs,

Biographies & Family Chronicles

One-Day Workshop: 11.00 – 16.00

Writing & Presenting stories related to individuals or groups of people 

Main lecturer: Lloyd Bradley. Guest speaker: Joel Chernin

Prerequisites: An interesting story; associated visual material

Class size: 12 students maximum

Telling your own story, that of your family or another group or individual is a particular skill set, requiring information gathering, interviewing, structuring and most effective use of photos and visuals. Tell Your Story explains the techniques behind creating compelling and enthralling narratives either for print or as digital documents. At the end of this fascinating and instructive day, you will leave having acquired the tools to present your story in the style you know it deserves. Much of this technique applies to other group narratives, such as a sports team or wedding party or school class.

Tell Your Story will include practical exercises and a buffet lunch for networking and informal discussion with your fellow writers to exchange ideas and ambitions.

The next Tell Your Story workshops will be announced very shortly. Check back here regularly for updates or register interest from out Contact page to receive advance notification 

What You Need To Know: Research, Interviewing and Fact-Gathering 

One-Day Workshop: 11.00 – 16.00

How to amass information and classify it for the easiest access.

Main lecturer: Lloyd Bradley. Guest speaker: Joel Chernin

Prerequisites: An inquisitive and open mind 

Class size: 15 students

Fee: TBC

Every work of non-fiction, whether it's a biography, an instruction manual or a history book, will only ever be as good as it's research. It's a fact-based genre, but while it's your presentation and interpretation of those facts that will get your book noticed you have to gather them first. What You Need To Know covers all aspects of information collecting and collating – how to get it, including interviewing, how much you'll need, what to do with it to get the most out of it and how to make sure it's always easily accessible as you build your book.  

Date and location of next What  You Need To Know workshop to be confirmed