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Migration stories: A one-day creative writing workshop

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

Migration stories: A one-day creative writing workshop

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Migration stories: A one-day creative writing workshop   more info Jan 10, 2020 £249.00 £7.80
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Enhance your writing craft and confidence creating stories about characters, places and transitions.

What tales emerge when people journey from one place to another, one kind of life to another, one identity to another? What happens when we travel across borders? As identities shift, and boundaries are questioned or defended, now is the time to explore migration stories.

Inspiration and metaphor spring readily from the contrasts between different worlds. Transitions generate plot. Perhaps migration - physical, emotional, spiritual, conceptual - is at the heart of all storytelling.

Drawing on more than 20 years of writing and teaching, award-winning author Elise Valmorbida leads this practical one-day workshop to explore storytelling (fiction or nonfiction) with particular emphasis on language, memory, character and place.

Through discussion, writing exercises and supportive critical feedback, you will learn how to write about migration - your own or others’ - and how to bring ideas to life on the page. You’ll approach creative writing with a fresh sense of confidence and direction.

Course content

  • Fiction/nonfiction about, or inspired by, migration

  • Shaping material into compelling narrative forms

  • Understanding new aspects of writing craft and content 

  • Group discussion and feedback on ideas

  • Literary criticism

  • Writing exercises

  • Assignments and information to take away

Tutor profile

Elise Valmorbida grew up Italian in Australia, but fell in love with London. Her new novel The Madonna of the Mountains - The Times ‘book of the month’ and an Edward Stanford Awards shortlister - won the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. Other books include Matilde Waltzing, The TV President, The Winding Stick and (non-fiction) The Book of Happy Endings. Elise is also an award-winning indie film producer/script consultant, and wrote SAXON: The Making of a Guerrilla Film. She teaches creative writing at Central Saint Martins and Arvon. She is founder-director of communications consultancy word-design, on the board of writers organisation 26, and former External Examiner for the MA in Professional Writing at Falmouth University. She is a member of English PEN and The Society of Authors.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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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.

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