The Inkpots Imagineers Collective programme details

Welcome to the programme page for the Inkpots Imagineers Collective. All the links and details you need are here and resources will be added as we progress through the programme.

This is our schedule and you will receive an email with materials on each of these Mondays:

WEEK 1: Getting started. Introduction to the Collective.

WEEK 2: Characters. Personality, appearance, lifestyle, back story. Exploring individual creative cycles.

WEEK 3: Context. When, where, what

WEEK 4: What is the problem? The story arc and resolution.

(Between weeks 4 and 5, you will also have an individual session with Gill to ensure you are supported after the course has finished.)

WEEK 5: Crafting Word banks, speech help, structure, self-editing. And celebrate!

Each week through the programme, we’re going to meet on Zoom on Thursdays from 9.30 – 10.15pm. This link below is for each meeting. It is password protected too: Inkpots (with a capital I).

The third element of the programme is editorial feedback from Gill. The aim is to get work back to you within three days at the most – for example, if you send something through on a Monday, it will be returned to you by Wednesday at the latest.

As with any Inkpots group or programme, the Collective will be a safe space where you will be able to be yourself and share your work and it will be viewed with respect. Feedback will be positive and designed to help you progress. However, as usual, if there is anything which is shared which causes concern, this will have to be shared with the relevant people.


As we progress through the programme, resources to support you will be added here:

Sending material to Gill: please download this PDF

Nicola Penfold reading:

Amy Wilson interview:

J K Rowling research:

J K Rowling – naming her characters:

Rick Riordan on advice for young writers (check under character development):

Katherine Rundell on orphans in books:

The story arc video:

Dialogue video from screewriter Pete Lawson: