writing workshops - prolewrites

Prolewrites, 2018

Prole is running a full day writing and spoken word event in Manchester on Saturday 20st October, 2018. The venue is The Lloyds, a late-Victorian listed building located in the heart of Chorlton only 500m from the nearest tram stop and even closer by bus. Please note, there are stairs to the room the event is being held in.

The Lloyds

617 Wilbraham Road



M21 9AN

The day


11.50 noon - 5.30pm 

Writing workshop. Paid event.

11.50: arrive.

12.00 noon – 12.30pm Meet the editors of Prole, Brett Evans and Phil Robertson. A chance to ask questions about and discuss how Prole operates.

12.30pm  - 2.30pm Workshop one: Writing the Voice with Mark Connors. Details below.

2.30pm – 3.15pm – Lunch – provided

3.15pm – 5 15pm Workshop two: The Weight and Balance of Sentiment with Susan Castillo Street. Details below.


7.00pm - 10.00pm Open mic session. As the name suggests - open to all comers to share their poetry, prose and comedy. Those wanting to read will be booked in and given a time slot on arrival. Initially a maximum of five minutes per slot. Come along and share your creations - or just enjoy the night as an observer. We're aiming for an informal and fun evening. Free event.


Throughout the day, the bar and food facilities will be available. Come and join us for a great day of words. You're more than welcome to just attend the paid event during the day - the free open mic session in the evening - or both.

Workshop one

Writing the Voice with Mark Connors

Hearing voices can pay dividends for a writer. Whether we are writing prose or poetry, in the first, second or third person, getting ‘the voice’ right can often make all the difference to our narratives. If you want your work to ring true, then authenticity is key. Of course, what we write doesn’t have to be true, but should we require readers to take a leap of faith in us or even suspend their disbelief, then making our work sound true may convince readers that they are in good hands. In prose, dialogue which is flat or used to somehow take the story forward as a weak narrative device can ruin a short story or novel. Similarly, if the voice we employ in a poem is merely an arbitrary option to write something different rather than providing a necessary or interesting viewpoint, then such poems will more than likely lack authenticity too.

In this workshop, we will look at how to approach writing character and voice in both fiction and poetry. We will look at some examples where character and voice bring fiction and poetry to life and examples of when writers fail to do so. Then, we will create a little magic of our own. This workshop will be designed to get you writing and using whichever voice/voices you employ to make your characters and viewpoints ring true.

Mark Connors is an award winning poet and novelist from Leeds. Mark has had over 120 poems published in magazines, anthologies and webzines.  His debut pamphlet ‘Life is a Long is a Long Song’ was published by OWF Press in 2015. His first full length poetry collection, ‘Nothing is meant to be Broken’ was published by Stairwell Books in 2017. Mark won the Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic competition in both 2014 and 2015 and has received a number of prizes and commendations for his short fiction. His debut novel ‘Stickleback’ was published by Armley Press in 2016 and was long listed for The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize.’ His second novel, ‘Tom Tit and the Maniacs’ was published earlier this year by Armley Press. Mark runs spoken word nights for WORD CLUB in Leeds and comperes regularly at Literature Festivals. He is also a director and managing editor of the poetry publisher, Half Moon Books. For more info visit www.markconnors.co.uk

'Mark Connors is a witty, challenging and bold writer. It's hard to shake off his memorable, defiant characters. Always an enjoyable read!'

Helen Mort

‘What I most enjoy about Mark Connors’ poems is their moving blend of the personal and public subjects, their comic and their tragic voices and their straightforward honesty.’ Antony Dunn


Workshop two

The Weight and Balance of Sentiment with Susan Castillo Street

William Wordsworth once said, ‘Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.’  In this workshop, we’ll look at the weight and balance of sentiment in writing, and examine ways in which we can express and give form to deeply felt emotions such as grief, joy, anger, love, and defiance. Suitable for both prose and poetry writers.

Susan Castillo Street is an international woman of mystery and Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emerita, King’s College London. She has published three collections of poems, The Candlewoman's Trade (2003), Abiding Chemistry,  (2015), The Gun-Runner’s Daughter (2018) and a pamphlet, Constellations (2016), as well as poems and prose in several leading journals and anthologies. She is owned by three cats.

Places are limited to 17 including the Prole editors. You will be more than welcome to stay and attend the open mic session where you may want to try out any new writing.

The cost of the workshop and editors' spot is £55, including the buffet. You can book your spot using the PayPal buttons below. Either a deposit of £25 now and the balance of £30 by September 30th - or in full.

Here's looking forward to a great day.

The open mic session in the evening is open and free to all.

We are now fully booked. Please look out for more Prolewrites events in the future.

Balance of deposit £30

If you have any dietary needs, please email us at admin@prolebooks.co.uk to let us know.

Copyright, Prolebooks 2018