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Overcoming writer’s block

Guardian Masterclasses

Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

London, United Kingdom

Overcoming writer’s block

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Learn workable techniques to get your creative juices flowing again

Writer's block is the sort of thing you think will never happen to you, and when it strikes, it can be difficult to deal with. At its worst, it can decimate your confidence and derail your project entirely. But there's no need to suffer alone. Writer's block is only a problem if left untreated, and novelist Paul Burston has assembled a formidable first aid kit of proven, workable techniques to get you out of a slump.

This practical, supportive one-day course will show you how to access new sources of inspiration and motivation. As well as getting your writing back on track, it will help you to see writer's block as a learning experience which can force you to look at your work from new angles and ultimately help you grow as an author.

Course description

This seminar covers a variety of practical, proven solutions to writer's block, suitable for a range of different circumstances and preferred outcomes, whether you just want to get your creative juices flowing again, or seize the chance to examine your work in more depth.

Topics covered during the course include:

  • Storyboarding – overcoming the 'fear of the blank screen'
  • What writing groups can do for you, and how to find the right one
  • Deadlines, feedback and brainstorming
  • How to read like a writer (and how it can help you)
  • Tips for building confidence

This course is for you if...

  • You're a writer currently suffering from a block
  • You're an author or journalist who sometimes draws a blank when working, or you want to insure yourself against future problems

Tutor profiles

Paul Burston is an author and journalist whose books include the critically-acclaimed novels Shameless (2001), Star People (2006), Lovers & Losers (2007) and The Gay Divorcee (2009). Paul is the host of award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari at the Southbank Centre, and founder of The Polari First Book Prize. Paul also writes for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, the Times and the Independent.

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour and a love of travel. Her first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA was winner of the Scottish First Book Award and has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award and Guardian First Book Award. Kerry's second novel,THIRST will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2014.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way<br />
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (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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