Beat the blank page: Boost your creativity and confidence in writing

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Practical and empowering masterclass with Professor Jason Whittaker

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If you’re feeling stunted or you just don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. Writers the world over have often struggled to force their imaginations into gear; the phrase “pulling blood from a stone” is true in more ways than one – and this applies to novel writers as much as journalists, biographers and poets.

In this practical masterclass with Professor Jason Whittaker, head of the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln, you’ll learn creative writing techniques that will inspire your passion and boost your confidence – long after you finish the course.

In a supportive environment and through practical exercises, you will generate new ideas for building irresistible characters, engrossing plots and believable worlds. You’ll be encouraged to take a fresh look at your practice, restore your playfulness and curiosity, and cultivate a more mindful approach to creativity. Ultimately, you will come away with tips and tricks that you can put to good use as soon as you get home, no matter how far along in your writing you are.

Course Content

  • Confidence is key: trust that you can and will
  • Practical writing tips you can takeaway
  • Finding motivation when you really don’t want to
  • Reconnecting with why you write and who you write for

This course is for ...

  • Beginners and writers looking to develop their skills and find practical strategies for overcoming writers’ block
  • Anyone who feeling the stress of creative burnout, and looking for an opportunity to refresh their practice and imagination

This course is supported by The Guardian’s Creative Writing and Publishing MA, in partnership with the University of Lincoln. This unique MA qualification brings the best of the Guardian’s industry expertise and the University of Lincoln’s academic excellence to support you through the steps to becoming a professional writer and help you turn the page on the next chapter of your life. Find more details and information on funding opportunities here.

Tutor Profile

Jason Whittaker is the head of the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln. Previously he was the interim director of the School of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University and professor of Blake Studies.

Course Details

  • Date: Wednesday 19 January 2022
  • Time: 6.30pm-9pm (GMT)

6.30pm GMT | 7.30pm CET | 10.30am PST | 1.30pm EST

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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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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