Each year at the Bookworm Literary Festival guest authors and speakers hold workshops, sharing their expertise and helping our attendees expand their knowledge and skills. This year’s workshops are listed below. Space is limited, so please buy your tickets in advance. All tickets are 200 RMB and sold exclusively at The Bookworm and online via Yoopay.

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Sunday, March 20

The Writer Within noon

Ofir Touché Gafla | The Opposite House | OH20 | 200 RMB — Purchase Online THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Award-winning author and creative writing instructor Ofir Touché Gafla leads this workshop that examines the creative process and provides tips for taking your writing to the next level. Gafla will discuss the myriad advantages of fiction writing, how to approach the daunting task of translating an idea into a full-blown story, the marriage of content and structure, developing one’s voice, and looking for the writer within through getting acquainted with one’s profound subtext.

Gafla is the author of six novels, including The World of the End, The Day the Music Died, and The Book of Disorder, and teaches creative writing at the Sam Spiegel School of TV and Cinema in Jerusalem. He has also been a guest teacher at the University of Texas, Austin.

This event will be held at The Opposite House.

Thursday 24

Nonfiction Writing 7:30pm

Edward Platt | iQiyi | IQ24 | 200 RMB — Purchase Online

Award-winning nonfiction writer Edward Platt will introduce key literary techniques in creative nonfiction and discuss how to structure an appealing concept in the genre. He will look at common problems faced by writers in the research and writing process, and offer advice on how to approach agents and publishers with an idea.

Platt will begin by introducing his books, how he came to write them and the form they take, before moving on to group writing exercises (e.g., autobiographical writing, character invention, scene-setting, etc.). Discussions near the end will center on how to get works published. The ideal participant is someone interested in writing nonfiction of any kind – memoir, travel book, nature writing, or long-form journalism.

This event will be held at iQiyi, an official festival venue located next to The Bookworm.

Saturday 26

Cartoon Creation from Concept to Finish 2pm

Larry Feign | The Opposite House | OH26 | 200 RMB — Purchase Online THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

From comic strips to graphic novels to animation, here’s a workshop for all ages, from child to adult, and any level of drawing experience, from none whatsoever to advanced. Learn the process of cartoon creation from a master of the genre, the very funny and award-winning Larry Feign, who has published fifteen books and whose works have appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, The Economist, Fortune, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, and Pravda.

Feign will begin with a brief demonstration of how various famous characters are constructed, then assign some brief, fun drawing exercises. A significant portion of the workshop will be about conceiving ideas and writing gags. As Feign says: a well-written cartoon can get away with bad artwork, but a well-drawn cartoon cannot get away with bad writing. Participants will learn techniques that can be used every day to create funny and meaningful cartoons.

Note: this will be a “digital” drawing workshop… meaning FINGERS, not electronics. Drawing materials – 1) black pencil (2B hardness recommended), 2) light blue pencil, 3) eraser / rubber, 4) white paper – will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own if they would like. 

This event will be held at The Opposite House.