Left Bank Forum for Writers (and Aspiring Writers) presents:

Writing Seminar with Virginia (Ginny) Baily


Saturday 9 March 2019
10 am - 4.30 pm
Amrita Room, on the first floor



Cost: £15
Payable in advance. Limited places

Morning session: 10 am - 12.30 pm
In this seminar we explore how to depict a sense of place in our writing through drawing on all our senses and examining our feelings of how the unfamiliar becomes the familiar, a safe place. This place could be anywhere a café, a garden a wood or your front room. How would a stranger, a character react to this familiar place? How do we as writers depict this sense of strangeness, being foreign, perhaps even becoming fearful of perceived threat? How to make such a stranger welcome? Why did he/or she come? Did they travel alone? What was that journey like for them? What did they leave behind? Where is home? How as writers do we bring these feelings hopes and fears to the page so that our readers can fully empathise and are captured?

Afternoon 1.30 - 4.30 pm
In the afternoon session Ginny will guide us into making a creative leap into the unfamiliar. How can we write towards ‘knowing’ something / somewhere that is vividly alive?


Virginia Baily is the author of three novels: Africa Junction, which won the Society of Authors’ McKitterick prize in 2012, Early One Morning, a Waterstones and Goldsboro’s Book of the Month and a Sunday Times Bestseller which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and, forthcoming in March 2019, The Fourth Shore.


Contact Michael Elsmere to book:
01803 732761


About Left Bank monthly Saturday sessions:
During the 1920/30s the Left Bank in Paris became a mecca for writers such as Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Anais Nin, Jean Rhys, Ford Maddox Ford and Henry Miller. Here amidst the warren of streets with their numerous bars, cafes and cheap apartments they could discuss, drink, gossip, inspire each other and of course write. Left Bank at Harbour House is an attempt to create, in part, this informal atmosphere and creative ferment! The three hour sessions on Saturday mornings will provide information, inspiration and the supportive company of other writers.