20140525-060953 pm-65393036.jpgOn Saturday I attended a workshop given by Jennifer Thatcher which was held at The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent. This was part of the HG Wells Festival.
After the usual introductions we looked at what makes a good review? Deciding that it was a number of things such as good first lines that hook you in or grab your attention. The use of adjectives and maybe even linking it to something that is going on in the news at that time.
Looking through a number of papers we realised that there were many that did not ‘grab’ us but again like the review it is an individual’s interpretation and not everyone will agree with it.
The last part of the workshop looked at interviews and the questions you should ask to get the most out of the interviewee. Obviously open questions work the best and even then adding ‘why’ onto the end to elaborate the answer. The questions we came up with I thought were very good and we then tried them on each other, the better they were the more you found out about each person. Here are my questions that I asked:
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Which night of the week do you like best and why?
Who taught you the most valuable things as a child?
What is your favourite book and why?
Who are you close to now?
Who do you sleep with?
How often do you eat out and where do you like to go?
Have you got a matching dinner service that you use every day?
Where did you have your first alcoholic drink?
How many countries have you visited?
Where would you most like to go now?

All I have to do now is find somebody famous to interview. Lol
The festival are also holding a competition and all the details can be found on the following link. Good luck everyone, I think the theme is very good as it’s FORTUNE.



  1. 9th June 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Where are you based? We run a series of free workshops (we ran this one) – we’d love you to come along to one of the future ones. Do you write? Why not enter our competition?

  2. 26th May 2014 / 11:47 am

    I would love to attend a workshop like this one. Lucky you!

  3. 26th May 2014 / 10:28 am

    Thanks for the review, and best of luck with your competition entry. We can’t wait to read it 🙂

  4. 26th May 2014 / 10:28 am

    Reblogged this on The HG Wells Competition and commented:
    Blog post reviewing one of our free writers’ workshops – thank you to Karen aka “Nanny Cool” for this great review.

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