San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Acclaimed novelist and experienced creative writing tutor Maggie Gee offers a practical, workshop-based course on the craft of novel-writing.
Students will get the chance both to do some new writing and to improve existing work. Topics covered include how to make your characters live - how do they become believable, and how do you see the world through other people's eyes? How do you find, and structure, your story?
It's partly the sheer length that makes novels hard to write: what might help you get to the end, and how can you write an ending that satisfies your readers? Once you've reached the end, how do you achieve the distance and clarity to edit your work and make it better? All students will receive written feedback on their work from Maggie, and the second day's workshops will provide a chance for oral feedback from the whole class.
The course will take place at the Guardian / Observer offices in London.
Profile of Maggie Gee
Maggie Gee has written 11 acclaimed novels including The White Family (shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the International Impac Award) The Ice People and, most recently, the political comedies My Cleaner and My Driver, set partly in Uganda. She has also written a collection of short stories, The Blue, and a memoir of a writer’s life, My Animal Life (Telegram, 2010). She teaches writing regularly for the Arvon foundation and other national institutions and is currently writing a novel whose story splits between New York and Istanbul.
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