Every writer draws on the actual – their own or other people's, the historical, the scientific, the strange but true. This course will explore the peculiar relationship between conveying and telling the truth, and will show you how to select from, process and activate your raw material, and how to make memory and the imagination work together.
This course, designed for fiction writers in the early stages of a novel or short stories, combines discussions and workshops to help you make the most of both truth and invention. Over the weekend, award-winning novelist and UEA professor of creative writing, Lavinia Greenlaw, will show you how to build stories out of memories, how best to use research, how to draw fiction out of fact, and how the actual and the imagined seamlessly blend to create powerful fictional worlds.
Mixing talks, group discussions, and practical exercises, the course aims to give attendees new approaches to using fact to enhance works of imagination, from employing historical data to support a storyline to inserting real people into fictional narratives. Sessions will include the following:
- How to write out of the self
- The problem with memory
- Research – how much to do and how to use it
- How to find an original story
- How to create a fictional world
- How to work with the imagined and the real together
- How to convince and connect with your reader
- The ethics of true stories
Lavinia Greenlaw's books include poetry, novels and non-fiction. Her first novel, Mary George of Allnorthover, draws on her teenage world of 1970s Essex and won France's Prix du Premier Roman Etranger. Her second, An Irresponsible Age, is set in London just after the boom years of the 1980s. Her memoir The Importance of Music to Girls appeared in 2007. She was the first artist-in-residence at the Science Museum and has worked extensively within the science-arts field. She has also written radio drama, song texts and opera libretti. Her awards include a NESTA fellowship and the 2011 Ted Hughes Award for her sound work Audio Obscura. She is Professor of Poetry at UEA, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and chair of judges for the inaugural Folio Prize. Her next book, A Double Sorrow, a version of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, will be published by Faber in February.
Dates: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November 2012
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9GU
☻Early bird special (a limited number of places at a reduced price for people who book in advance) £349
☻ Regular price £399
(all prices include VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 16
Dress code: There is no dress code for Masterclasses. Please dress however you feel comfortable.