Pen To Print

Events, Classes and Workshops

Pen to Print run a series of on-going author events, classes, workshops and other activity supported by established creative writing experts, authors and artists. These events are open to everyone and are designed to inspire and encourage aspiring writers, as well as providing entertainment to the wider reading public.

N.B. Due to Covid-19 we have now moved all of our events and classes online. You can still enjoy our programme by booking places on Eventbrite.  If you would like to access an online event, class, or workshop you will need to register for an Eventbrite Account.  We hope to re-start venue events as soon as possible, whilst adhering to any social distancing guidelines that are in place, please check here for any further news on when our venue events are due to recommence. We apologise for any dissapointment this may casue.  The Pen to Print Team wish you all well. If you have any questions connect with us by email: pentoprint@lbbd.gov.uk

Our new regular programme 2020/21 for our Dgital Storytelling Year is released on Saturday 1 August 2020 here.
While you wait you can join one-off events and workshops that are being arranged throughout the summer for both Adults and Young People.
We are also looking for submissions to Write On! Extra our online daily magazine. If you would like to get involved please send your Poems, Stories and Articles to pentoprint@lbbd.gov.uk with Write On! Extra Submission in the Subject Line.

Don’t forget our competitions are all open until 25 September, 5pm
The Book Challenge
The Poetry and Short Story Competition
Playwriting Competition
The Michael Feld Creative Writing Competition for Young People
More Competitions will be coming soon! Go to pentoprint/competitions full terms and conditions.

Events, Classes and Workshops.

To enjoy our free programme, places at our events, classes and workshops must be booked.
You will be directed to the Eventbrite platform to reserve your place. To join online events you will need to sign up for a free Eventbrite Account.  Please read the booking details carefully and any ‘Additional Information’ in your confirmation emails.  To help you get the best experience you can also see our ‘How to Guide’ for accessing online events.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison

One should begin any work of fiction with the longest, most convoluted sentence imaginable, then try to beat that record.

Charles Dickens

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the readers.

Stephen King

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.

Octavia E.Butler

Writing is a great comfort to people like me, who are unsure of themselves and have trouble expressing themselves properly.

Agatha Christie

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Louis L’Amour

It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.

James Thurber

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Albert Einstein

To write successfully, one requires only a sharp pencil, a piece of paper and a hot cup of tea.

Agatha Christie

Poetry is when an emotion has found it’s thought, and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost

Writing lets you break boundaries because you can go anywhere you wish.
The voice in my stories is sometimes authentic, sometimes it is foreign.
Sometimes it is old. Sometimes it is new. Sometimes my writing is Muslim, other times it is Sikh and many times, it is no one’s religion because as long as I am telling the story,
I am in control.
I am whoever I want to be.

Farzana Hakim, Book Challenge Author
Pen to Print Writer