Whether you’ve been secretly writing for years, or have never yet been brave enough to reach for a pen, come and join a group of fellow aspiring writers, and start to discover your own voice. We’ll look at all the crucial elements of that precious first draft – how to craft vivid characters, how to write convincing dialogue, how to build a plot, and how, once you’ve got it all down, to edit and polish what you have.
We’ll study some examples of the greats – and in a safe and non-judgemental workshops, we’ll share our own work, and support one another to be brave, and to get better. No experience necessary – just bring yourself.
- 2 days of tuition with Costa Prize winning author, Francesca Segal
- Regular coffee breaks and light refreshments
- A copy of The Innocents
Francesca Segal is a journalist and writer. Her novel, The Innocents, tells the story of Adam Newman – newly engaged, and unthinkingly self-satisfied. But as the wedding gathers momentum, Adam begins to feel the first faint touches of claustrophobia, and when his fiancée’s beautiful, reckless cousin Ellie returns from New York, he is faced with a dilemma that must break one heart – or many.
The Innocents won the 2012 Costa First Novel Prize, the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, has been short-listed for the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize, and long-listed for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Francesca has written for Granta,Newsweek, theGuardian, the Financial Times, and Vogue UK and US, amongst many others, and has been a features writer at Tatler. For three years she wrote the Debut Fiction column in theObserver, during which time she consumed more first novels than hot dinners. Or almost.
The course will have places for a maximum of 15 participants and will take place at Mumsnet HQ, 6 Deane House Studios, Greenfield Place, Highgate Road, London NW5.
Timings 10am to 4pm on Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th June 2013.
We're very excited to be launching The Mumsnet Academy - a brand new enterprise which aims to curate a portfolio of fantastic courses to fit around family commitments and busy working lives.
A while back we asked you what courses you would like and the programme of masterclasses, workshops, and events we've come up with is a reflection of your responses.
To help us deliver the programme we have enlisted some fabulous experts in a range of fields as well as teaming up with some great partners who have a reputation for delivering high-quality, life-changing courses.
This collaborative approach allows us to offer a programme across a range of different subjects including entrepreneurship, business, technology, social media, blogging, history of art, creative writing, publishing, gardening, philosophy, finance, fashion as well as courses concerned with self-improvement and the concept of learning to live wisely and well. Some of these courses will be skill-based, while others will explore concepts, theory and ideas.
If we've missed something you think is a must, fear not, we will be adding classes to our portfolio all the time so please drop us a line or complete the suggestion box on our website.
One of the things that we felt was important was to ensure our Academy courses are available across the UK and we are pleased to announce that we will be running events in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester from day one. We are also keen to develop some online courses and hope to announce the first of these later this year.
While our courses are scheduled at times which are more convenient for those with young children, they are absolutely open to everyone. Ultimately, the overall aim of the Mumsnet Academy is to bring people together in a thought-provoking and fulfilling environment where there is a universal willingness to explore ideas, develop skills, and learn from experts as well from each other.