"Mark Connors delivered an excellent workshop on 'Writing the Voice' in two of our Bradford libraries. The attendees found his session engaging, informative and inspiring. Mark really knows his stuff – he knows how to express the innermost thoughts and feelings of his characters in an authentic, fully rounded way and he was able to encourage others to do the same regardless of where they were on the writing journey. Mark is an intelligent, generous and encouraging tutor who is passionate about writing and the importance of being able to write and to express oneself."
Dionne Hood, Development Officer - Reading and Stock Bradford Libraries - Publishers Publicity Circle 'Librarian of the Year'
This online course will focus on working towards a first draft of a novel. I will provide online weekly writing exercises and tutorials on aspects of the novel, designed to help budding novelists begin and keep on keeping on with their ambitious writing projects. We'll look at how other novelists do it and how not to do it as we work towards completing our first drafts. There will be a private Facebook group where writers can share work with other participants and fortnightly personal tutorials on individual work up to 2,000 words, with feedback via email or private messenger.
The course begins on 1st March 2020. The course fee is £100 for blocks of 8 weeks, payable in advance. The course will be ongoing for those wishing to continue after the first 8 weeks.
Mark Connors is an award winning writer from Leeds. His debut novel, Stickleback was published by Armley Press in 2016. Stickleback was long listed for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. His second novel, Tom Tit and the Maniacs was published by Armley Press in 2018. It was selected as one two of Culture Vulture's novels of the year, along with Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor.
Mark's award winning short fiction has won him prizes and commendations at North London Literature Festival, Dartmoor Literature Festival and Otley Word Feast. Mark also won the prestigious open mic competition at Ilkley Literature Festival both in 2014 and 2015.
Mark is a writing workshop facilitator and bibliotherapist. He is a managing editor of the independent publishers, YAFFLE.
"The attendees of Mark's courses find his sessions informative and inspiring. Mark really knows his stuff – he knows how to express the innermost thoughts and feelings of his characters in an authentic way and he is able to encourage his group participants to do the same, regardless of where they are on their writing journey. Mark is an intelligent, generous and encouraging tutor who is passionate about writing and the importance of being able to express oneself."
Dionne Hood (Development Officer – reading and stock, Bradford Libraries)
"Mark Connors is an inspirational and exceptional teacher of writing skills. He gives in-depth analysis and criticism in a very positive friendly way."
"Mark's novel course has given me the enthusiasm and motivation to keep going with my writing project. I come away from the session each week, itching to write. Mark is great at encouraging us, while at the same time pushing us to improve. I know we've all become better writers after taking his feedback on board and trying out new techniques. I'd definitely recommend the course to any budding novelists."
"Mark is able to discern the crafted phrase from a writer's jumbled outpouring of thought. Extremely supportive and encouraging, Mark has a genuine enthusiasm and interest in the diverse approaches taken by his groups to storytelling."