A day long networking and learning event for creative professionals and artists with opportunities to meet with fellow creatives and to listen to a number of professionals talking about issues that matter to the creative sector. Our ultimate is to support and promote the artistic, cultural and creative sector in the county as a whole.
Theme of the day: How to tell your story
The stories you tell and how you write them will define how your audience connects with you and with your work. The more they like them, the more they will stay with you. Get the story right and you will engage with your audiences so they grow interested.
There are many ways of telling stories. During the day, you will learn and practice how to tell the stories behind your work so you get your audiences hooked.
09:30 : Arrival and networking
10:00 : Olivia Schlevogt followed by Q&A
10:30: Tim Price followed by Q&A
11:00: Marnie Summerfield followed by Q&A
11:30 : ‘How to tell your story’ with Miles Allen
12:30 : Lunch break and networking
13:30 : Writing workshop, working practically on your biography, artist statement and your artwork.
16:00 : Close
Olivia Schlevogt was born 1970 in the south of Germany and completed a jewellery apprenticeship before moving to England in 1995.
Before becoming self-employed in 1999, she completed a degree in Silversmithing HND and Jewellery Design BA in England. She has since won many prizes for design and craftsmanship.
Now well established in a workshop in Rochester near London, she shows her work at Jewellery Fairs across the UK and selected Galleries and work to commission.
Olivia will be talking about how she made brooches in connection with specific walks, for herself and for others. She says: “I have been thinking for some time of how important certain walks and places become in our lives. They are like smells or sounds, they shape us and trigger memories. One of my most important walks was the walk, at the begin of my career as a Jeweller from my workshop, Cornwell House in Clerkenwell, London to the Goldsmiths’ Company, Goldsmiths’ Hall. Every time I walked this walk I felt something. I wanted to honor it and designed a brooch on which I fused 22ct yellow gold wire in the shape of the walk which I took off a map and I highlighted my workshop and the Goldsmiths’Hall with a diamond.”
Fifteen years professional model maker, followed by sixteen years in a Buddhist monastic community, to then combine skills of body mind and spirit in a creative appreciation of natures’ wonders. From high pressure business in complex workshops, to quiet contemplative time in forest meditation huts, to a simple studio at home, finding a joyful vocation in artistic woodwork.
Tim will talk about a simple item that he makes whilst exhibiting, aimed to attract attention and entertain people hovering over his work. It’s a trick which he builds a story around. And it draws a crowd.
Marnie Summerfield Smith is a ghost writer and memoir mentor who has helped more than 100 authors to write their memoirs. The primal desire to have our story heard is the heart of her work. She loves working with people to explore and deepen their stories and bring them into the world, whether it’s for an author’s personal satisfaction or a wider audience.
Miles Allen is a writing coach, editor and author
After a 30-year career in hi-tech fighter-jet software, Miles followed his dream of becoming a fantasy author, embarking on a gruelling everything-to-lose crash programme of learning. In 2010 his first book achieved No1 ranking for epic fantasy on Amazon Kindle, heading the charts in Waterstones knocking The Hunger Games from the top slot.
Now a decade on he directs his passion for words as author, writing coach and editor with courses, talks and consulting, teaching people the Secret of Story-telling to achieve compelling results for fiction and business writing.
When: Friday 17th January from 9:30am to 4:00pm
Cost is per person and includes a light lunch.