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Creative Writing: Fiction for Beginners

Mumsnet Academy

Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom

Creative Writing: Fiction for Beginners

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  • Course Description
    What makes a great opening page? How do you create believable characters and dialogue?Where should you start and end your story? Answer all these questions and more, with a combination of practical exercises, examples from well-loved novels and lively Q&A. Give yourself the creative kick-start you need – and get writing!
     
    Course requirements: this course is for beginners – it’s open to all. All you need is curiosity about writing, and a love of books. You will be writing during classes, and you will be sharing your work with others in the class. By the end of the weekend, you can expect to come away with an opening scene, several pieces of new writing, and at least one idea that you could – if you wanted! – turn into your first novel.

     

  • What's Included

     

    Day One: Saturday 16th June

     
    10am-1pm: Getting Started
     
    Introductions and writing exercises to get everyone writing, followed by discussion of first pages from classic novels. Work on opening scenes and general writing tips. Discussion of different techniques and gaining the confidence to write
     
    1pm-2pm Lunch
     
    2pm-4.30pm: Character and Dialogue
     
    A series of exercises to help build characters, and different ways to try out dialogue. Using examples from life – transforming autobiography into fiction.
     
    Day Two: Sunday 17th June
     
    10am-1pm: Setting and Voice
     
    Exercises to help establish setting and voice, with examples from fiction.
     
    1pm-2pm Lunch
     
    2pm-4.30pm: Storytelling
     
    Plot and structure – exercises and tips on ‘showing, not telling’. Closing discussion on ‘Keeping Going’. Brief discussion of next steps.

     

  • Tutor Details

     

    Joanna Briscoe is the author of the novels Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award; SkinSleep With Me, which was published in eleven countries and adapted for ITV by Andrew Davies; and You, which has just been published by Bloomsbury in the UK, USA and through Europe. She is on contract with the Guardian as a literary critic, and has written for all the major national newspapers. She broadcasts on Radio 4, and has taught for the Arvon Foundation, and for the Birkbeck and City MA degrees in Creative Writing.

     

  • More Information

     

    The course will take place from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 17 June inclusive at the Faber Academy, Faber & Faber Ltd, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1.

     
    Maximum number of students: 18 places, on a first-come basis.
     
    Faber Academy is a creative writing school run by one of the great independent publishing houses, Faber and Faber. Based on 80 years of publishing experience, Faber Academy knows what writers need space and support. Enjoy the best tuition from hand-picked authors, editors and agents, on a range of practical courses – to help you get it written, and written well.
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Faber and Faber
77A Great Russell St
London
WC1B 3DA

United Kingdom

Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM (BST)


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