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Bringing writing to life

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 10:00 - Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 17:00 (GMT)

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bringing writing to life

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Dates: 12 and 13 November 2011

Duration: Saturday and Sunday 10- 17hrs

Location: Edinburgh

Course price: £400 (inclusive of VAT)

Maximum number of places: 15

 

BRINGING WRITING TO LIFE WITH ALAN SPENCE & IAIN BANKS


Whether you’re just beginning to write or have a body of work behind you, this course will help you bring an energy and freshness to your work. Learn simple but effective techniques to improve your writing skills. Discover the stories you want to tell and find the best way of shaping and moulding them.  Gain confidence in your own ability, and recognise also the importance of editing and redrafting. Writing is work and play, in equal measure, and a number of exercises will help you find that still place where the best writing comes from.

Alan Spence is an award-winning writer in long and short forms (from the novel to the haiku!) and he has many years experience of teaching Creative Writing at University. He shares the fruits of this vast experience in sessions that combine discussion and practice, reading examples from his own work and that of others. With sessions from guest tutor Iain Banks, the course promises to be stimulating and practical, and should send you back to your own writing with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility.


Each session will include examples from the tutor, discussion and writing exercises that really do work.

SATURDAY

Session 1    FROM THE LIFE

Using personal experience as a starting point, but moving on and out from there.

Session 2    CREATING YOUR FICTIONAL WORLD

The importance of close observation, attention to detail,using your senses in your writing.

Lunch

Session 3    GIVING VOICE

The power of dialogue and how to use it.


Session 4    WHAT MAKES A STORY?  

Shaping your material, making it move. Where to begin a story, and perhaps even more important, where to end.


SUNDAY

Session 5   OPENING REVIEW

Session 6   GUEST AUTHOR: IAIN BANKS

Lunch

Session 7   A QUESTION OF STYLE

Finding your own unique voice and way of telling.

Session 8   BRINGING IT TO LIFE

Pulling it all together and editing. Writing what you want, as well as you can.

 

TUTOR PROFILE

ALAN SPENCE is an award-winning Scottish novelist and poet, playwright and short story writer. His many awards include the McVitie Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. His most recent novel, The Pure Land, has been translated into some 19 languages. He is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen where he has also been Artistic Director of the annual WORD Festival which he founded in 1999. His latest book is Morning Glory, a collection of haiku and tanka poems with illustrations by Dame Elizabeth Blackadder.

IAIN [MENZIES] BANKS was born in Fife in 1954, and was educated at Stirling University, where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. He has continued to write both mainstream fiction (as Iain Banks) and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks).

He is now acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation: The Guardian has called him "the standard by which the rest of SF is judged". William Gibson, the New York Times-bestselling author of Spook Country describes Banks as a "phenomenon".

Iain M. Banks lives in Fife, Scotland.

 

 

 

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When & Where



The Centre
Gladstone Court
179 Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8BN

United Kingdom

Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 10:00 - Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 17:00 (GMT)


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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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