Special painting workshop and mentoring sessions for Artweeks 2020: learn how to paint in oils in a friendly, intimate environment 

Adult's Oil Painting Workshops

 

£35 per session, incl equipment and materials

 

Saturday 16th May 2020, 11.30-1.30pm

 

Please click HERE to be taken to the information and booking page.

 

Adult's Painting and Writing mentor sessions

 

£5 per slot - 10 minutes to ask for any help you like with your writing or painting.

 

Saturday 16th May 2020, 2.30-4pm

 

Held as part of the Artweeks exhibition at Jericho Community Centrebooking essential - limited places.

 

Please click HERE to be taken to the information and booking page.

Regular Creative Writing and Publishing courses:

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK IN YOU?

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO WRITE?

HAVE YOU WRITTEN A BOOK AND DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT?

WRITE, PUBLISH, PROMOTE was written with any or all of these situations in mind, so whether you're just starting out or wanting to take the next big step towards getting published, this book and all the courses below are for you!

I teach a variety of courses, workshops and writing retreats to get you started, motivated and succeeding. Choose the course that would suit you best, or look at the range of mentoring and 1:1 tuition options below.

 

Workshops, courses and retreats at Denman College

Glorious surroundings, amazing food, fantastic facilities – a holiday while you learn! I am teaching the following at Denman College, nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire:

Residential Courses:

 

Tues 27th to 30th  Aug 2019 Becoming an Authorpreneur

This course looks at what to do to promote and sell your book when it is published or about to be published. It is equally applicable to self-published and traditionally published authors and by the end of the course, you will have taken the first steps towards setting up your author platform and becoming visible to the world of readers. Your author career starts here …

 
Tues 18th to Fri 21st Feb 2020: Write that bestselling book! 

Have you always thought you had a book in you, but never quite got round to writing it? Well, now’s your chance!

Join me and tease out your story as you learn the tricks of the trade of successful writing, whether it’s of a thriller, a romance, an autobiographical project or even a non-fiction book. Whether you haven’t written anything since school, or have a half-finished project languishing in a drawer, this course is for you. 

 

Mon 12th to Thurs 15th Oct 2020: Becoming an Authorpreneur

This course looks at what to do to promote and sell your book when it is published or about to be published. It is equally applicable to self-published and traditionally published authors and by the end of the course, you will have taken the first steps towards setting up your author platform and becoming visible to the world of readers. Your author career starts here …

 

 

Mon 9th to Thurs 12th Nov 2020:  Oil Painting from First Brush Stroke to Completed Masterpiece 

Always wanted to try painting in oils but it looks too difficult/expensive/messy? Come and try it at Denman and find out how relaxing, rewarding (and clean) it really is…

During this retreat-style course, Debrah will take you step-by-step through the basics of oil painting  so that by the end of the course, you will have painted your own beautiful piece in oils, and have learnt the basics of colour mixing, various brush techniques, how to paint with a palette knife, the use of perspective in art and discovered a variety of painting styles you can experiment with to find the one perfect for you. 

 

Mon 16th to Thurs 19th Nov 2020:  Create your own Beautiful Illustration (or an ideal Christmas present)

We all have special images or special memories that we’d like to immortalise, but often they aren’t just words or pictures, but both. During this retreat-style course, you will explore a variety of artistic options and creative writing skills to interpret your special memories and  transform them into poetry, creative writing and painting or drawing in a beautiful individual work of art that you will take home at the end of the course.

 

 

Day Workshops:

 

Mon 9th Sept 2019: Creative Writing - Autobiographies. Turning Bare Fact into Fantastic (non)Fiction.

Ever wanted to write your autobiography? But where do you start, and how do you turn fact into compelling (non)fiction? Autobiographies and biographies are still stories, and whether you are writing your life story to share with your family or with a wider audience, this one-day workshop will help you make it a page-turner. You can use personal memories, photographs, genealogy or even a will as the source of your facts, but learn how to be a master of breathing life into bare bones and applying the skills of a polished writer to transform facts into fantastic (non)fiction.

 

Fri 25th Oct 2019: Preparing Your Novel for Publication - Day School

What do you do with your novel once the first draft is complete? Here’s the secret… This course covers how to edit your novel, including Debrah’s own special editing system.

 

Mon 9th December 2019: Oil painting (day workshop) 

Always wanted to try painting in oils but it looks too difficult/expensive/messy? Come and try it at Denman and find out how relaxing, rewarding (and clean) it really is…During this day school, Debrah will take you step-by-step through the basics of oil painting. By the end of the course, you will have painted your own beautiful piece in oils. Just bring old clothes and enthusiasm!

Mon 30th March 2020: Creative Writing - Autobiographies. Turning Bare Fact into Fantastic (non)Fiction.

Ever wanted to write your autobiography? But where do you start, and how do you turn fact into compelling (non)fiction? Autobiographies and biographies are still stories, and whether you are writing your life story to share with your family or with a wider audience, this one-day workshop will help you make it a page-turner. You can use personal memories, photographs, genealogy or even a will as the source of your facts, but learn how to be a master of breathing life into bare bones and applying the skills of a polished writer to transform facts into fantastic (non)fiction.

 

Thurs 21st May 2020: Oil painting (day workshop) 

Always wanted to try painting in oils but it looks too difficult/expensive/messy? Come and try it at Denman and find out how relaxing, rewarding (and clean) it really is…During this day school, Debrah will take you step-by-step through the basics of oil painting. By the end of the course, you will have painted your own beautiful piece in oils. Just bring old clothes and enthusiasm!

Mon 1st June 2020: Polishing and Editing your Novel

What do you do with your novel once the first draft is complete? Here’s the secret… This course covers how to edit your novel, and what to look for in the editing process. It introduces Debrah’s own special editing system, enabling authors to critically review and organise the mass of work that potentially needs to be done to polish a manuscript ready for publication. The course is supported by practical exercises, 1:1 tutor feedback and information and resource sheets. 

 

But please keep checking back for updates as more dates are added to the calendar ...

 

Have a look at Denman College here, where you can download the whole college brochure as a pdf if you wish. If the courses listed above do not show up in the brochure, it's generally because the brochure is due to be updated, so just give Denman a call for the latest availability: 01865 391991, or use the contact form on the website. 

 

Testimonials

 

Oil Painting Classes:

 

 

12th Sept 2019 - 21st Nov 2019 inclusive (weekly): Cornerstones Arts Centre, Didcot  - Weekly oil painting class 7.30-9pm

 

 

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BUT ALSO: 

 

I offer:

 

1:1 sessions - in your own home: 

 

Half day (10-12.30) £100* 

 

Full day (10-12.30/ not including lunch/ 13.30-16.00) £190* 

 

(* not including travel costs to your home)

 

 

Materials and equipment costs are calculated separately depending on the work you wish to complete, or provided by you based on a list or guidance from me. 

 

If travelling to your location, please note that I will add on a mileage charge of 45p per mile, travel time at a pro rata rate, plus overnight costs if appropriate.

 

Please email Debrah on info@debrahmartin.co.uk to enquire/book.

 

And please keep checking back for updates as more dates are added to the calendar ...

 

 

Private mentoring sessions

 

 

I also offer half or one day mentoring sessions if you require specific guidance for your self-publishing project. The cost is:

 

Half day (10.00 to 12.30) £100 

 

Full day (10.00 to  12.30/not incl. lunch/13.30 to 16.00) £190

 

This can cover anything you require from editing and feedback, formatting, cover design, blurb writing, creation of your author platform and setting up your first promotional campaign. 

All mentoring sessions will include a complimentary copy of Write, Publish, Promote and will take place in Wantage, Oxfordshire. If I am travelling to your location, please note that I will add on a mileage charge of 45p per mile, travel time at a pro rata rate, plus overnight costs if appropriate.

 

 

Editing and Beta Reading: 

 

One of the most important factors in the success of any self-published book is how professional it looks. That means thorough editing and a slick finish. I also offer editing and beta reading services to enable this:

 

Beta Reading - cost £200 for up to 70,000 words, thereafter £10 per additional 1000 words.

(*Over 100,000 words £12 per additional 1000 words above 70,000 words due to length and complexity factors).

 

Structural editing - cost £350 for up to 70,000 words, thereafter £12 * per additional 1000 words. 

(*Over 100,000 words £15 per additional 1000 words above 70,000 words due to length and complexity factors).  

 

 

Please contact me for more information or to book a session. I am based near Oxford, and am happy to travel reasonable distances to meet you, or we can talk via Skype if you live further afield.

 

Email: info@debrahmartin.co.uk 

 

 

 

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