One amazing day

Saturday October 8th. 10.30 to 5.30. Free Word Centre. Farringdon Road. London EC1R 3GA. This event was only available to members of 26. The last few places are now open to anyone. To apply for a place please email Rachel at: [email protected]

Spend an exhilarating day with members of 26 developing your writing skills, listening to great writers talking about writing, and enjoy language games designed to expand your horizons. You will leave refreshed and reinvigorated with new communication skills, and an address book crammed with people involved in creative media.

26 is providing the space, speakers, facilitators, workshops, entertainments and events for free but charging £ 26 to cover the costs of a delicious Italian buffet lunch with wine, afternoon tea and refreshments.

The deadline for booking is Friday 16th September. Just a few places left.


Gillian Slovo is the President of English PEN, a best selling novelist and crime writer and her plays have been performed all over the world. Her courtroom drama Red Dust explores the meanings and effects of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and was made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Nicola Morgan, an award-winning author of many books, will help you get published by condensing your synopses into eye-catching pitches that attract publishers and agents. You will also pick up useful tips on writing hooks, straplines and blurbs to help your work with brands and marketing.

The Royal Society for the Pursuit of Lovebirds… Fresh from sell out gigs in Glastonbury and Latitude this flock of amazing performance artists will help you become more attractive to potential partners (business and pleasure) through love letters and a bird calling workshop on the language of seduction.

WORDSTOCK festival site. A wonderful game to get to know everyone and create the festival site in the spaces of the FREE WORD CENTRE involving tents, paints and words. We’ll be conjuring up the festival atmosphere with VVVIP wrist bands, AAA passes and mini pavilions.

Martin Lee from Acacia Avenue is a specialist in retail strategy and will explain the secrets of linguistic analysis, and how to use metaphor and imagery to build deeper relationships with brands.

Fiona Thompson writer and harpist will lead a creative writing workshop that explores the crossover between words and music. She’ll play music that conjures up flow, contrast and rhythm to accompany a series of short writing exercises.

Andy Hayes from Quietroom communications agency is going to amaze you with his obsession of discovering writing inspiration in litter and will organise a word game in the streets of Clerkenwell. You can also sign up for the next big 26 project ‘Throw Away Lines’ creating short stories from scraps of paper: abandoned, found and rescued.

Sarah McCartney has designed a workshop sharing her techniques for topping up the inspiration tanks when you’re stuck in the office, a deadline is stomping towards you, a JCB is digging up the road outside, and someone has asked you to write about dog food. Again…

Maddie York will be running a Tweeting workshop with tips and advice on how to get started, how it works, with help on restricting yourself to 140 characters and making the most of a wonderfully useful tool for new business and marketing.

Alastair Creamer and his pranksters have created series of activities inviting you to improve the lyrics to some of the greatest songs and bring memories triggered by your ultimate playlist. You can explore the art of festival chugging and slogans, enjoy stories around an indoor campfire, and contribute to Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 26.

Rob Self-Pierson will talk about the experience of setting up and running the 26 Flavours project in the West Country. He will guide you through the exhibition and give advice on how to set up your own 26 project.

Places will be given on a first-come-first-served basis and we’d love you to join us. Email Rachel to book your place: [email protected]


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