How to get the most out of one of today's most exciting – and best-selling – literary genres
The biography has come of age as an artform, spawning ever more inventive ways of capturing the essence of a life. Far from its dry chronological origins, biography now resembles a camera lens pointing into history, with the focus and composition at the control of the author, making it a powerful tool if you know how to use it. A great biography can tell the story of a person, an era or a culture. It can comment on or contextualise current affairs, set the record straight or call conventional wisdom into question.
This weekend course offers an illuminating exploration of the possibilities provided by the modern biography, from renowned expert Jon Cook, author of Hazlitt in Love and professor of literature at the University of East Anglia. You'll learn how to define what you want to say, the best research methods for your project, and how to engage an audience with your subject. Whoever you want to write about, however you want to write about them, or even if you don't know where to start, this course will make you see biography in a new light.
This intensive two-day course contains both theoretical and practical elements, providing attendees with structured practical exercises to help attendees plan and define their own long-form biography, including how to decide who you want to write about, how to approach the project, and what you want to say with it. Topics covered on the day include:
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