Craigmillar Library is proud to present a FREE five-week prose writing course for beginning and intermediate writers. Have you always fancied trying to write prose, be it a novel, short stories, memoir or non-fiction? Do you have an old writing project gathering dust in a drawer? Do you need a bit of a boost to get going... or to keep going? Become a WRITING CHAMPION with us!
The course will run for five consecutive weeks, and then end with a showcase event on the Wednesday of Book Week Scotland. The course will be facilitated by our Reading Champion, Claire Askew. Claire's debut novel, Three Rivers, won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and is represented by agent Nelle Andrew at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop Associates in London. Claire is also an award winning poet whose first collection, This changes things, was shortlisted for the 2014 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and published by Bloodaxe in January of this year.
The course will cover the following topics:
Week one (19th Oct): becoming a writer, being a writer: how to beat writer's block and overcome procrastination
Week two (26th Oct): who's speaking? Creating interesting characters, narrators and voices
Week three (2nd Nov): what's being said? When to use dialogue and when to use description
Week four (9th Nov): where are we? Building a world for your reader
Week five (16th Nov): what's next? Putting everything you've learned into practice in your writing
Week six (23rd Nov): we did it! Showcase event for family and friends (part of Book Week Scotland)
The course will meet every Wednesday at Craigmillar Library, in a private room rather than in the main library itself! Places are limited to twelve people, so if you like what you read here, we suggest you register asap!