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Crusoe300 Flash fiction Creative Writing Walkshop

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Barbican Centre

Silk Street

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EC2Y 8DS

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For novice or experienced writers who want to learn more about ‘flash fiction’, an exciting short form of storytelling, taking inspiration from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, first published 300 years ago this month. Led by Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, a prize-winning writer and acclaimed writing tutor, you will learn flash fiction techniques and begin to write your own flash fiction based around themes from Robinson Crusoe. The walkshop has been devised by Rebekah and the Museum of Walking’s founder Andrew Stuck, and follows a route that links significant landmarks in Daniel Defoe’s extraordinary life, criss-crossing the City of London.

You will learn: how to take inspiration from other works - in particular Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe - and apply them to the world around you in your creative writing; how to use observation to inspire and hone fictional techniques; the benefits of movement to creative thinking and practice; what constitutes flash fiction and how to go about creating it; how to approach editing and preparing your work for submission or publication. Learning will take place through: formal instruction from Rebekah; writing prompts; pair work; group discussion and workshopping, which requires participants to share their work and give constructive and mindful feedback.

We begin at the Barbican with a short introduction to the walkshop and a chance for you to be writing indoors. Weekends in the City often mean little traffic but many road works, so we will weave our way to various landmarks, stopping occasionally for a longer break where you will be able to sit and write. To finish we will be back indoors, so that you can have an opportunity to write a piece for submission to the Crusoe300 Flash Fiction competition.

Daniel Defoe was thought to have been born in 1660 in Fore Street, Cripplegate close to what is now the Barbican. His family were housed in properties that narrowly escaped the Great Fire of London - all but three in the street were destroyed. By 21 he was working in Freeman’s Yard in Cornhill, but his outspoken views and poor business sense led him to be pursued for debts as well as treason. He was a prisoner in the Fleet prison at Ludgate Hill. He wrote hundreds of pamphlets and chapbooks and turned his hand to writing novels, at least three of which are still in print today, one of which was Robinson Crusoe. Extraordinarily it has been published in more editions than any other book bar the Bible! Defoe wrote about what he witnessed and is likened to a modern journalist or spy, but he was also prodigious in self-publicity - long before social media - he became known throughout the country. He died penniless in 1731 and was buried in Bunhill Fields in a pauper’s grave, only later through public subscription was his burial plot marked by a stone.

As well as weather specific clothes and shoes, you will need to bring something to write with - either a couple of pens or your phone or tablet as preferred. We will provide a journal for taking notes.

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